In his Wall Street Journal column for today William Galston asks three questions about the situation with respect to Iran:
- Will the president’s action lead the Iraqis to rescind authorization for the presence of U.S. troops in their country?
- Will Iraq’s Shiite militias declare open season on American forces?
- Will the threat of all-out war deter the Iranian government from massive retaliation against American forces and allies?
The answer to each, of course, is that there are a lot of moving parts and we just don’t know.
If you want to send a message, use Western Union. If at this point we need to demonstrate how tough we are or that we are willing to use force, further lessons are futile. They simply won’t be learned.