On the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Republic, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad taunted the West by proclaiming Iran's ability to produce weapons-grade nuclear fuel if it one day chooses to do so; announced further uranium enrichment; and successfully kept the opposition "green movement" in check through suppression of Internet services and a show of security forces on the street. So what, if anything, should the Obama administration do now?
This week, we would like you to consider the options on the table for dealing with Iran, choose the best among them or write your own, and predict the likely outcome of a crisis that may reach a culmination in the six to 24 months that experts variously estimate it will take for Iran to achieve a nuclear weapons capability.
Here are the options most frequently discussed:
1. Continued gradual pressure from the U.N. Security Council, combined with other U.S.-led, non-U.N.-approved sanctions targeted narrowly at the Revolutionary Guards and hardliners associated with Iran's nuclear and missile programs.
2. "Crippling" sanctions, to include a ban or even embargo on refined petroleum imports to Iran, as urged by the U.S. House and Senate and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
3. Full open and clandestine support for the opposition "green movement."
4. Military strikes against Iran's nuclear complex.
What should President Obama do next on Iran?