“Iran’s slow and steady progress for two decades has demonstrated beyond frantic rhetorical efforts at denial that diplomacy has not only been futile, but has provided Iran political cover and legitimacy while it pursued its nuclear objectives. Even more important, negotiations and the imposition of weak, ineffective sanctions have given Iran time to reach the point where its nuclear activities are broad and deep, and it is close to winning the strategically important race to the nuclear-weapons finish line,” writes AEI’s John Bolton. (Washington Times)

“Where the administration gets it wrong is in its belief that if we reduce or eliminate our nuclear holdings — unilaterally, bilaterally or multilaterally through a treaty — others would, too,” writes Heritage’s Peter Brookes. (New York Post)

“Payroll-tax cut equals growth. Consumer spending equals growth. Consumer spending is 70 percent of the economy. All growth is equal,” writes CFR’s Amity Shlaes. (Bloomberg)

Victor Davis Hanson: The difference between the Lin and Obama anomalies is in how well they perform. (New York Post)

Romney flips on his own tax plan, admits he’d give huge tax break to top 1 percent. (ThinkProgress)

If we don’t know what happens to them, we can’t be responsible: “Now comes a Chronicle of Higher Education report that there’s a chronic oversupply of historians, and leading university history departments are resisting demands that they track what happens to their students after they get their PhDs — and inform prospective PhDs of market conditions,” writes Thomas Sowell. (New York Post)

Manhattan Institute’s E.J. McMahon: New York has a public pension crisis fix. (Washington Examiner)

Room for Debate asks: Is it time for colleges and universities to move past race? How can we tell when race-based preferences are no longer necessary? (New York Times)