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At the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is a simple question: Is Iran rational?And yet, these same critics' preferred policy is one that relies on Iran's rationality. (This point is also well made by Vox.com's Max Fisher).In fact, in his thorough book, "Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy," Kenneth Pollack carefully reviews decades of Iran's foreign policy and shows that it has been not just rational but prudent, pushing forward when it sees an opportunity, backing off when it sees dangers. Shiite Iran is surrounded by hostile Sunni states.Plus, Iran has faced active opposition from the world's superpower for more than three decades. When Iraq attacked Iran shortly after the Islamic revolution, the United States quietly supported Saddam Hussein, even as he used chemical weapons against the Iranians.Seymour Hersh has reported extensively for The New Yorker on America's covert support for groups within Iran that seek not only to topple the regime but also dismember the country.
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