Blair on Iran

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair just spoke to us at the Council on Foreign Relations about Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Yes, Tony's back. Blair's Institute for Global Change has issued a report on the IRGC, whose malignancy is felt every day in the Middle East and around the world.

Blair said Iran faces a "fundamental choice" between the radical objectives of the IRGC or sanctions relief. It cannot sustain both directions over the long term. After all, as Blair reminded us, the IRGC would be classified everywhere as a terrorist entity if it were not part of the Iranian nation state.

He lamented the constant "oscillation" of the West's policy toward Iran over 40 years between, in his words, "wanting to destroy it and wanting to contain it." Blair's chagrin is justifiable, although he certainly contributed to the West's wasteful yo-yo approach to Tehran. And then there's the lunacy of one U.S. admi…

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