The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff…defended his comment that Iran is a “rational actor,” which has been criticized by Republicans. Dempsey said that he doesn’t mistake Iran’s rhetoric for a lack of reason, and said that even Iran’s actions that are unacceptable to the United States fit the country’s pattern over the past 30 years. “We can’t afford to underestimate our potential adversaries by writing them off as irrational,” Dempsey said.
Of course General Dempsey may not believe a word of what he’s saying, but what if he actually believed there was a near certainty that Iran would always act rationally. How dangerous would that be? (Of course, when you’re trying to hasten the return of the Mahdi, what’s rational to you means trouble to others.) HT: Spengler