The reassurances have fallen on deaf ears. The Iranian people, reading the proverbial tea leaves, are anticipating a return to anticipate wartime conditions which prevailed in the 1980s during the eight-year war with Iraq.
The key question Obama and members of Congress have to ask themselves is: how can Washington protect Bahrain from Iran and while assisting its rulers in their challenge to address the grievances of its citizens?
Ayatollah Khamenei has now been promoted by his clerical followers to a super-human status. In certain circles, he is already being addressed as Imam Khamenei. But can combining ultimate religious and political powers guarantee tenure?
How do we not end up with a situation where the only regimes to change are those who were pro-American, because they were reluctant to use excessive brutality and were most subject to American influence?