They’re beating now, albeit reluctantly according to the BBC’s Mark Mardell:
(The) White House may have to accept the inevitable and take action. Professor Matt Kroenig, who worked on the Middle East and nuclear issues in the Department of Defense, says there are only a number of ways the Iranian nuclear issue is going to play out.
“In some ways the Israel military option is the worst,” Mr Kroenig says. “They don’t have the same capabilities, they wouldn’t inflict the same kind of lasting damage on Iran’s programme as if the US took action.”
“But you would get all the downside risk in terms of spikes in oil prices and Iranian retaliation, so I think the White House is doing its best to restrain Israel.
“We should pursue diplomacy, pursue sanctions, try to get a deal. But, in the end, faced with a choice between living with a nuclear-armed Iran and a strike, a US military strike would be the least bad option. A bad option, but the least bad.”
Perhaps predictably, this is being seen by the White House as more of a political risk with election coming up than as a national security issue.
For my own part, I’ve long thought that the mullahs had a reckoning come due. I would just prefer that the timing and the method of that reckoning be driven exclusively by US interests rather than those of even a close ally.
You don’t always get what you want.