The US Air Force has reacted decisively to the serious failures that allowed the unscheduled flight of six nuclear weapons. Its response has been swift, thorough and multi-faceted. Yet, for all its openness, it still has questions to answer as to the deeper causes of the episode.
An analysis of the means the US should employ in its policy towards Iran's nuclear ambitions. A combination of sticks, carrots and diplomacy might serve Washington's aims better than sanctions and rhetorical brinksmanship.
Is the threat of UN-imposed economic sanctions on an oil-dependent country, widely regarded as the most effective way of bringing the nuclear programme to heel, really the only way of meeting the Iranian challenge?
If the majority of parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty agree that it is the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation regime and is successful in combating the proliferation of WMD, the security interests of one – or a few – Nuclear Weapons States should not be allowed to preside over the security concerns of allies, other countries or the rest of the world.