Risks and rewards
ByGLENN C. ALTSCHULER
February 6, 2014 14:56
Policy options and the most favorable scenario
Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy. By Kenneth M. Pollack Simon & Schuster 536 pp.; $30..
Kenneth Pollack believes that “by any standards, the Iranian regime is odious. It is oppressive.It is authoritarian.” He is convinced that the world, the Middle East and the people of Iran would be better off if the regime were gone. He believes as well that Iran is intent on attaining a nuclear weapons capability. And he fears that the choices available to the United States and Israel have narrowed to two, each of them fraught with danger: a war to prevent Iran from joining the nuclear club, or learning to live with that reality.