"Kissinger was the godfather of realist diplomacy, and he is clear-thinking enough to realize what a great threat Iran is," said Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonprofit, nonpartisan institute focusing on foreign policy and national security.
The U.S. State Department describes Iran as an "active state sponsor of terrorism," Dubowitz pointed out, adding that it has engaged in decades of "nuclear mendacity."
The Iranian regime is one of brutality, charged Dubowitz, "where terrorism is not just state craft, but soul craft. It's part of the regime's DNA, a regime with a track record of terrorism and wholesale murder.
"We cannot contain a regime like that with nuclear weapons," he continued. "They could either use them or hand them off to terrorists. They have had a longstanding relationship with Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad and a long relationship with al-Qaeda."
The idea that Iran can be converted from an enemy into a partner with whom to collaborate is "ridiculous," said Dubowitz. "That shows a complete lack of understanding of the nature of this regime, its ideology and its leadership."
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