Behind the Syria discussion is Iran–and for some strategists–this is the real problem. Kenneth Pollack became infamous for his analysis of the second Iraq war, but now at the Brookings Institution he has authored a new book analyzing the situation:
If it cannot reach a diplomatic deal, America will face a choice between two alternatives: using force to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal or containing a nuclear Iran until its regime collapses from its own dysfunction.
It is going to be a difficult choice. For that reason, we need to start thinking about it now. We cannot afford to have our diplomatic efforts collapse suddenly and, as in Syria, be forced to lunge forward unprepared.