Reading America and Russia Wrong

The Syrian precedent of American-Russian cooperation is also likely to work on Iran. And in any case, the very fact that this possibility exists constitutes a deterrent from Iran’s standpoint.

As soon as the negotiations between the United States and Russia began in Geneva, when it became clear that an American attack had been postponed and there was doubt as to whether it would ever take place, all the pundits rushed to proclaim that the message this development sent to Iran was that it no longer had anything to worry about: The possibility of American military action against...