Jeffrey Goldberg's long-announced analysis of an Israeli attack on Iran--or maybe not. "The Point of No Return," http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1969/12/the-point-of-no-return/8186/Steve Clemons's somewhat skeptical analysis of the article: http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2010/08/an_israeli_stri/(HT: Pat Lang, http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2010/08/more-than-50-chance-of-attack-on-iran-jpost.html )UPDATE: "Although Goldberg does not explicitly call for the United States to attack Iran and is careful to acknowledge the potential downsides of this option, the tone and thrust of the article is clearly intended to nudge the Obama administration toward an attack. He emphasizes that attacking Iran's nuclear facilities would be very difficult for Israel (some analysts think it is it is essentially impossible), but says it would be easy for the United States. He reminds us that Obama has repeatedly said that Iran with nuclear weapons would be 'unacceptable,' and suggests that both Israel and various Arab states have real doubts about Obama's toughness." http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/08/11/mainstreaming_war_with_iranUPDATE2: George Will has a column in Thursday's Wash Post...which may be true, but is full of chutzpah (Netanyahu brand): "Netanyahu...once said to a U.S. diplomat 10 words that should warn U.S. policymakers who hope to make Netanyahu malleable: 'You live in Chevy Chase. Don't play with our future.'" Presumably the diplomat returned the sentiment. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/11/AR2010081104747.html?hpid=opinionsbox1
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.