Ironically it would be easier to deal with the leadership in Iran if they were worse, like Saddam in Iraq. With Iraq invading neighbors and using gas on his own people there was a more compeling reason to intervene. Iran has not invaded any other country (yet), and while human rights are an issue its nothing like Iraq or even some other nations that are tolerated today. Suffice it to say the leadership in Iran seem to have the majority public support. All this could change if /when sanctions degrade their quality of life. Of course if Iran's leaders were to start a terrible and needless war the people would want regime change. If Iran is attacked and has to respond the leadership will have the moral high ground, as the public will see they had no choice.
While some of the militants in Iran like N.Korea might think that they want war, it would be a situation they would deeply regret. The sad thing is people could be driven by propaganda, and acutally think they will get a better out come from a war.
The problem is 'leadership' (and I use the term loosely because there really isn't much leadership in the world as I look around) on all sides of the issue is intent on confrontation, all at the expense of the little guys that do the dirty work on both sides of the conflict.
Maybe these things are easier settled by the Thunderdome approach with both leaders. Two leaders enter, one leader leaves.
<Iraq invaded Kuwait after getting permission from the USA. This is one of those basic facts of which Americans are breathtakingly and dangerously ignorant.>
Yeah, and that was after Rumsfield was sent to Iraq and weapons were sold to Iraq for the Iran-Iraq war with America's blessing. I recall the poison gas Saddam used may have had some affiliation with the U.S. as well.
The 180s we have done in the Middle East have been crazy. We got rid of a democracy in 1953 in Iran and put in a dictator. In 2003, we did the opposite in Iraq and were dumb enough to think the people in the Middle East wouldn't think we were hypocrites.
We just want Middle Eastern regimes that lets our military do whatever we want. We don't give a rat's rear about the people there.