For John, BLUF: We went after Japan's economy in 1941 and they turned on us and attacked Pearl Harbor and our bases in the Philippines. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From the debate last evening, the VP suggested that given Iran's economy is in collapse we don't have to be panicked about an Iranian nuclear weapon.
Does anyone remember studying 7 December 1941?
And why did the Japanese attack? Could it have been economic sanctions?
Do I have any good policy recommendations? No, I don't. I am in favor of doing what we can to educate the Iranians on the consequences of a nuclear detonation and then telling them that if they employ nuclear weapons we will respond in kind, only more so.
Regards — Cliff