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Allowing Iran to ‘almost’ get a nuclear bomb; Israelis don’t want unilateral action against Iran and more [AM Briefing]

Iran and letting them (almost) get a nuclear bomb, from Jeffrey Goldberg: “If they stop now and allow the [International Atomic Energy Agency] to monitor in perpetuity, then Iran would not be believed to have a nuclear weapon,” [CFR’s Micah] Zenko told me over the phone last week. But if world leaders aren’t convinced by the IAEA’s reports, the current crisis would likely continue. Even if Iran complies with the inspection process as requested, suspicions about secret nuclear activity might still endure. (The Atlantic)

But do Israelis support an attack on Iran? Not if the U.S. doesn’t back Israel, says Brookings’ Shibley Telhami: “Only 19 percent of Israelis polled expressed support for an attack without U.S. backing, according to a poll I conducted — fielded by Israel’s Dahaf Institute Feb. 22-26 — while 42 percent endorsed a strike only if there is at least U.S. support, and 32 percent opposed an attack regardless.” (Politico)

Rule #1: The target cannot have nuclear weapons. Victor Davis Hanson’s 15 rules for deciding whether or not we can take out Iran’s Ahmadinejad and Syria’s Assad. (National Review)

How special ops are expected to do more with less: “As the conventional Army and Marines begin to draw down in Afghanistan, they will get a bit of a breather. But Special Operations Forces won’t. They will continue to carry the fight,” said Gen. Barno. (Washington Times)

“Rick Santorum’s speech after the Michigan primary Tuesday night was the longest apology to working women and college graduates in the history of political campaigns — partly because no candidate has had to apologize to working women and college graduates before. Santorum went on and on about his professional mom and his professional wife and spoke with respect for their work outside as well as inside the home. It’s always said that first you have to recognize your problem, so Santorum took a big step tonight,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Room for Debate asks: Should the Alien Tort Statute hold corporations liable for heinous crimes? Is there a more effective way to do this? (New York Times)

What to do about No Child Left Behind? “If the Obama administration were truly interested in providing relief to states from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind, it would support congressionally-proposed options that allow states to completely opt out of NCLB, without strings from the White House. But in the meantime, state leaders should reject these conditions-based waivers, and should resist this latest federal overreach,” writes Heritage’s Lindsey Burke. (CNN)

CFR’s Peter Orszag: Cigarette taxes can help cure two greek ills (Bloomberg)

When welfare reform worked. (LA Times)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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