MAD 2.0

Ross on Iran:

An Iranian bomb wouldn’t be a new thing under the sun. But it would be a significant risk-multiplier – and so would the nuclearizations that would likely follow in the region. Overall, I agree with Massie (and many others) that it’s a risk the United States should probably be willing to take, given the alternative approaches on offer. But I think we need to be clear-eyed about what a Mesopotamian balance of terror is likely to mean for U.S. policy in the region. Saying that we can live with a nuclear-armed Iran is the beginning of managing the problem, not the end of it. Deterrence proposed is easier than deterrence implemented.

Agreed. So let’s start thinking hard about how to minimize the damage and maximize our interests in that context.