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Just when you felt you could enjoy a moment like the Iraq election, here comes the Iranians, vowing that they'll never give up their nuclear ambitions.
Don't get too alarmed by this single news item. It's the larger picture that's truly frightening. The Iranian government will continue to slide back and forth on the nuclear question. On some days, they'll tantalize their allies and opponents with promises that they'll suspend further uranium enrichment. On other days, they'll spit at the world's feet and disavow any earlier promises they made about slowing or reversing their nuclear program. The mullahs know how valuable leverage is, far beyond what power they'll get once they do develop nuclear weapons. Iran is perfecting its strategy of nuclear deterrence and compellence, well in advance of actually getting nuclear weapons. In many ways, that development is far more significant even than the warheads themselves.