With attention focused on the situation in Crimea and the Ukraine, Iran has been less in the news of late. But it is still there, still dangerous. At the conclusion of a recent speech, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, former CENTCOM commander, was asked about Iran and current diplomatic efforts to prevent its becoming a nuclear power. As Paul Szoldra of Business Insider reports, the general answered with characteristic asperity, saying:
"If the Iranians come away from this with a nuclear program intact, I think there are very bleak options.”
"Americans certainly have no appetite for attack … [but] once the Americans exhaust all possible alternatives, they'll do the right thing."