No Policy Like an Iran Policy

Even his former adviser agrees that the president’s Iran policy is collapsing. Can anything be done, or is it too late?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry checks his watch as he walks to a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb.  22, 2015. AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry checks his watch as he walks to a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi.

Last Word
Feb. 24 2015
About the author

Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East (2016), is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and a former senior director of the National Security Council. He tweets @doranimated.


I’ve been stunned by the reception of “Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy.” In this, the era of the 140-character tweet, I’d assumed that a 9,500-word article would have scant appeal beyond a professional audience. Yet, to date, it has attracted 220,000 unique visitors; journalists from several different countries have called to interview me; I’ve done my share of talk radio; and senior political figures, including presidential hopefuls, have expressed their appreciation.

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