November 10 will not go down as a stellar day for U.S. diplomacy. The premature faux hoopla over the scuttled first-stage nuclear agreement with Iran yielded little more than a legacy of miscues and a dozen eggs on Uncle Sam's face.
As the elections signified, it is the Iranian people who will ultimately shape the destiny of Iran. And it is the Iranian people who have borne the brunt of sanctions, and it is these human impacts that must always be at the forefront of U.S. sanctions policy considerations.
Most Iranians would obviously be strongly opposed to war and the tortoise-paced path to diplomacy with the U.S. is of less concern than living day-to-day in a stagnant economic climate, where food prices become more and more expensive and basic medical needs are not satisfied.