An piece in today’s Washington Post from analyst (and old WRM colleague) Ray Takeyh brings important if unwelcome news: sanctions have failed to stop Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons. Sooner rather than later, the US will face the choice it has spend ten years trying to avoid: the choice between a war with Iran or an Iran with a bomb.Foreign policy demands three skills: one is the ability to avoid hard choices as long as possible. The second is the ability to make and to execute the hard choices wisely and well when the right moment comes. The third is the ability to know when that right moment has come.So far, the Obama administration has been pushing sanctions and negotiations, hoping for the best and trying to postpone. I support them on this, but if Takeyh is right, that phase of our relationship with Iran is drawing to a close.Stay tuned.