Sanctions Cannot Stop Iran’s March Toward Bomb
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    Why are hard choices to be postponed?

    • Walter Russell Mead

      Because sometimes if you postpone hard choices you can avoid them altogether. The essence of a hard choice is that it is a choice among undesirable elements. If there is reasonable hope that patience and delay might give you some better alternatives, waiting can be the best choice. There is no sign that the US would have been better off if we had gotten into World War I in 1914 rather than waiting until 1917. A great British prime minister once spoke about ‘masterly inactivity’. But there will come a time when waiting only makes both alternatives worse. Figuring out where in the cycle you are and making the best available choice is what national leaders are supposed to do.

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    So only hindsight tells us whether inactivity is masterly?

    • Walter Russell Mead

      That’s generally true about everything: we’ll understand it better by and by.

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