The closer the world gets to serious diplomatic engagement with Iran on its nuclear program, the more hard-liners in Washington and abroad will push military action if the effort fails. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, for one, has tried to goad the Obama administration to show Hassan Rowhani, Iran’s newly elected president, that “the military option which is on the table is truly on the table.”
Until the United States and Iran invest in diplomacy, there is no way to know if a deal is possible. But we cannot think of a faster way to sabotage this fleeting moment than to force Mr. Rowhani into a corner. President Obama has said he will not tolerate Iran’s acquiring a nuclear weapon and has repeatedly warned of a “military option.” Both he and Mr. Rowhani need courage, creative ideas and the skill to manage their domestic politics for the two nations to enter into a meaningful d…See More