No doubt, Condi had this in her pocket when she made her statement on Iran yesterday:
VIENNA (Reuters) – Major world powers struck what a senior U.S. official called a “substantial agreement” on Thursday on a package of incentives for Iran to halt sensitive nuclear fuel work as well as penalties if it did not. …
In Washington, the U.S. official said there was agreement with Germany, France and Britain over the package of “carrots and sticks” and that Russia and China — in the past reluctant to support punitive measures — also appeared to be on board.
What remains to be seen is how big and heavy those sticks are – are they enough to make Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs (a good name for a band?) reconsider whether nukes are worth the cost? Or failing that (as one must expect), will the sanctions bite hard enough to undermine the Tehran regime’s power.
At least it’s looking like a strategy.