In “Reckless Iran Policy,” Daniel Larison notes that Cotton “recommends a clear policy of regime change.”
Our threats are not doubted. It is our pledges not to strike that so few believe, and after the last fifteen years it is no surprise. To think of U.S.-Iranian diplomacy in terms of American officials appeasing Tehran is to be utterly confused about which side is making concessions and which side is imposing intrusive demands. Of course, hard-liners everywhere always assume that the other regime in any negotiation is getting the upper hand, because that is what being a hard-liner requires, but it makes for appallingly bad “analysis.” This is what we can continue to expect from Cotton and his allies, so it is important to remember how thoroughly wrong they are on these matters from start to finish.