If Iran is not cooperating, is it not the case that it knows both Russia and China are behind it, trying to protect their own broader geopolitical interests, especially after the US pulls out of Iraq and Afghanistan? Iraq's Chief of Staff General Babaker Zebari favors cordial relations at many levels with Iran. Once the US pulls out of Afghanistan Iran will play a comparable role in that war-torn nation as well. So what has the US achieved, ask many who actually believe that the US went into the two Islamic nations in order to 'liberate' and 'democratize'? How does the US explain a decade of treasure and lives lost, all so that Iran can become more powerful?
Two centuries after Austrian Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich tried to manage the European/Eurasian balance of power and sociopolitical order, is it not time to abandon that futile approach? Is it not time to re-examine the inane and dangerous policy of 'war on terrorism' that is at the source of all this? Is it not time to see how the world order and power structures have changed so greatly just in the last decade alone and to steer toward a course that reflects those changes, instead of living in the past?