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MasterCard Foreign Policy

That's what our Iran policy seems the byproduct of, as I expressed in Fare Thee Well, Optimism over at National Review.

And unless one can induce the return of the Mahdi without catastrophic calamity, hoping that Iran's messianic regime will stumble on another route to fulfillment is a direct path to the catastrophe they intend to create in order to pave the way for the return of the 12th Imam. With "peaceful nuclear power," no less.

On that day, persistently left to others to confront by each U.S. administration since the 1979 Khomeinist revolution, investing in the tangible support of the Iranian people will have seemed like a bargain basement [deal] we were unthinkably unwilling to take. Today, it is too high a price.

It's a MasterCard foreign policy no less indicative of our American quest for comfort today than our individual and collective debts. One day, the convenient minimum payment will exceed our income and savings, and regret and conscience will be the least of our concerns.