Your thoughts on this point by Thomas PM Barnett, noted strategist and author of "The Pentagon's New Map" & "Blueprint For Action". I am inclined to begin to agree with him, especially considering the long-term probability that Iran will get nukes, one way or another. I wonder if its better to let them have it now, in a responsible and carefully monitored manner, and defuse a leading source of support for the hardliners. Make America the nation that opens Iran up to the world again, and see what happens. Because, in the long run, it seems we're going to be dealing with a nuclear Iran regardless. Better to have it on positive terms for us and our relationship with their people than a long, drawn out negative failure of our already failed anti-proliferation policy. The genie is out of the bottle. Will we try vainly and unsucessfully to stuff it back in or let it out, benefiting as best we can when possible.