HANSON: Obama’s sports metaphor is no red line

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Even better for Iran, its nuclear Sword of Damocles will make life miserable for both of its hated enemies, the Israelis and its Arab Sunni rivals. The more a nuclear Iranian theocracy sounds unhinged with its accustomed apocalyptic and messianic rantings, the better it can protect its terrorist franchises.

It is old news that for Iran, the long-term advantages of obtaining a nuclear bomb have always outweighed the temporary downside of economic sanctions.

What is new is the Syrian model that has excited the Iranians as never before. “Game-changer” threats are now seen as empty. Posturing as a “moderate” works. Sugary op-eds in American papers beguile the public, and Mr. Putin is always ready to come to the rescue.

No wonder Iran thinks it can finally have its weapons of mass destruction and woo us, too.

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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