Are we headed for a Bay of Pigs in Iran?
05-Mar-2012 (one comment)

CNN) -- About 15 years ago, when the United States was first experimenting with wide-ranging sanctions against Iran, an Iranian acquaintance remarked to me, "I certainly hope Iran doesn't become another Cuba."

At that point, the U.S. had imposed a total embargo on Cuba for more than three decades. As he said it, I detected that part of him could not believe that a rich and cultured nation on the other side of the globe could ever be treated like an island dictatorship off the American coast. But I also saw a glint of apprehension in his eyes as he considered for the first time how America's vision of its own national interests could change when viewed through the prism of raw domestic politics.

Darius Kadivar

Gary Sick's Take

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  • Gary Sick: Sanctions against Iraq, Cuba harmed the whole population, not just leaders
  • Sick: Sanctions against Iran causing anti-Americanism and ruining ordinary lives
  • 16 years of Iran sanctions changed nothing, he says, amount to war in all but name
  • Sick: When sanctions get harsher and harsher and do nothing, war becomes inevitable