Hard Line on Iran Places White House in a Bind | Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy & Culture | Scoop.it
The administration wants to convince Iran that it is serious about military action without making war seem unavoidable.


WASHINGTON — As American and European diplomats prepare for crucial negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, the White House finds itself caught in a bind: for the diplomatic effort to work, American officials say, the Iranian government must believe that President Obama is ready and willing to take military action.


Yet tough talk, necessary as it might be for successful diplomacy, contributes to a sense that war may be unavoidable.