Readers believe this stuff. So do Fox News viewers. Never mind what's true or false. Krauthammer, like other neocons, demands surrender. Iran won't play that dirty game. His alternative is war.
Center for Strategic & International Studies analyst Anthony Cordesman was more measured. Nonetheless, he fell woefully short. He headlined an August 1 commentary "Iran: Preventing War by Making it Credible."
The best way perhaps to prevent was is threaten it, he believes. Justifiability was ignored. So were rule of law principles and what drives US and Israeli threats.
Like others representing right-wing military interests, Cordesman accepts the fiction of an Iranian threat. His analysis proceeds accordingly.
He's concerned about Washington and Israel biting off more than they can chew. He wants to head fake Iran into submission.
Instead of explaining Tehran's peace agenda, its longstanding nonbelligerence, its advocacy for a denuclearized Middle East, and desire for friendly relations with all nations, he proposes threatening Iran short of war.
He suggests three actions:
(1) Focus negotiations around "clear US redlines." End ambiguity. "Iran needs to know there are real limits to how long it can talk and stall." Submit to US demands or face war.
Never mind that Tehran negotiates in good faith. Washington obstructs resolution. Like other imperial supporters, Cordesman blames the victim.
(2) "(M)ake it clear to Iran that it has no successful options." Surrender on US terms or else. Imply shock and awe bombing and other belligerent options. (S)peak softly while".carr(ying) a big stick."
(3) Give Iran a face saving way out. Make it appear like "a kind of victory." End sanctions. Offer trade, other economic, and political incentives. Package them with other countries. Make surrender look like victory.
America and Israel don't negotiate. They demand. Promises they make aren't worth the paper they're written on. Many nations learned the hard way.
Iran wants its sovereign rights respected. It deserves that much and more. It's endured decades of US/Israeli isolation and hostility. It's not about to accept unreasonable demands.
Doing so won't end war threats. At best they'll be delayed. Washington wants pro-Western puppets replacing Tehran's leaders. War is the bottom line option of choice.
Cordesman didn't explain. Nor do Western fourth estate pressitutes. They willingly go along with what they should condemn. They make death and destruction possible. They'll get more than they bargain for if Washington and Israel attack Iran. What better reason than that to oppose it.