A "rational actors" leadership or not.
Although, the Republican Party nomination race has taken up the headlines in the media, the issue of Iran having a nuclear weapon, or in the process of developing one was still a serious matter.
As was seen on Monday, the meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, stressed on the need of stopping Iran from achieving its goal to obtain a nuclear bomb, before too late.
Also, the issue was weighing on many countries, such as Germany, Canada, etc., to take the opportunity to diplomatically instill in the minds of the Iranian leaders that it was fruitless on their part to pursue such a nonsensical objective.
The mere rumor of such news was driving the world economy to the ground; and so somehow, Iran must give the idea up. It would also enhance the proliferation of nuclear weapons, which has been the hottest subject at the United Nations, and for it to get even worse.
In other words, other countries, like Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Egypt would want to have "the bomb"; and then what?
Therefore, everyone knew how serious the situation was; and there was no denying that the rest of the world was in jitters about what step the two leaders would come away with on the issue.
However, what made real bad news was a headline that said, "Military at odds with GOP on Iran policy", and the cause of that was an argument, back and forth, between Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey on one side, and some Republican Party leaders on the other.
"In recent weeks, he and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey made several Iran-related comments that irritated Israel, prompted an unusual public rebuke from Republican senators and became campaign trail fodder for Republican presidential candidates."(http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73698.html#ixzz1oQpDlNO0).
Their difference of opinion should not be whether the United States would not use force to stop Iran, as Gen. Dempsey has said in a statement, but that it should be a question of time.
The Republican Senators involved in the matter, however, did not trust the resolve of the Obama administration to use military action to stave off Iran's appetite for a nuclear weapon.
President Obama has maintained all along that military action was still an option open for him to take; but he would prefer a diplomatic solution to the problem.
Besides, severe U.N. sanctions on Iran, supported by the U.S. and other nations were in progress. They were biting into Iran's economy so badly, that country was hurting; and therefore, they (sanctions) must be allowed to have the desired effect on Iran; thus stopping it from procuring a nuclear bomb.
The said Republican Senators, with some genuine concern, would not want the U.S. to wait too long. Yet, they have no reason to doubt the president of the U.S. stating categorically that ""the U.S. and Israel are “in lock step”" on Iran.(Politico.com, 03/07/12).
So, why the rush by those Republican leaders?
Iran might feel reluctant to let go its plans to build a bomb, because of the high expense it has involved itself in; however, circumstances could cause its leaders to change the course they have taken so far, such as the U.S. and other countries offering them a chance to acquire peaceful use of nuclear power.
That was still on the table, as far as the U.S. policy was concerned; and there were other countries that were willing to do the same for Iran.
In other words, a better result could come through diplomatic channels, instead of destroying the nuclear facilities, which according to some military experts, would "“just delay” Iran’s nuclear drive."
The Israelis might decide to strike Iran; but that was not the issue. The issue was for the U.S. to make sure that it was doing the right thing at the right time.
Also, that there was the possibility of the Iranian people themselves taking matters into their own hands, to get their "rational actors" leadership to behave properly in the world political and diplomatic arenas.
The head of Central Command, Gen. James Mattis, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Only the Iranian people can stop this program.” (Politico.com, 03/07/12).
The true fact was that anything that would happen, would be done in a matter of time, in accordance with President Obama's instructions and specifications.
Only time would tell. Forcing his hand to do otherwise would not work.