The Red Line Must Stand

President Obama and Congress must convey that they mean business.

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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So neutering Iran's nuclear menace is deeply in the interest of this country. President Obama has unequivocally ruled out living with a nuclear-armed Iran, but few in the world believe he has the will to stand firm, in part because of his waffling over Syria. Meanwhile Iran basks in domestic stability and feels empowered by its crucial role in Syria.

There are things we can do if we do not wish to act ourselves. One is to provide Israel with the bunker-buster bombs capable of destroying the underground facilities. Another is to give Israel air-refueling tankers so they may fly their planes the distance necessary to do the maximum damage.

To resolve the crisis, it is critical that the president and Congress convey that they mean business. As the ancient Romans knew, he who wants peace must prepare for war.

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