I happened to catch a recent interview of Dennis Ross, Middle East adviser to both G.H.W. Bush and Clinton, on his just published book. His analysis of things makes great sense — particularly our need to use the carrot as well as the stick to achieve our goals. His breakdown of the situation in Iran and how to cope with it was most instructive.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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