Sen. Obama went on to say the missile tests demonstrate why the U.S. needs to engage in direct diplomacy with Iran. The Wall Street Journal writes, while Sen. McCain called for tough new sanctions and an anti-missile shield in Europe, and repeated his concern that Tehran is merely using negotiations with the international community to buy time.
"It's time for action and it's time to make Iranians understand that this kind of violation of international treaties, this kind of threatening of their neighbors, this kind of continued military activity is not without costs," Sen. McCain said at a campaign event in South Park, Pa., as the Associated Press reports. But he stopped short of saying he would call for military action against Iran if elected, the Journal notes.
Sen. Obama, meanwhile, repeated his call for "direct and aggressive diplomacy with the Iranian regime" saying the increased tensions with Tehran show that the current approach of isolating Iran isn't working, the New York Times reports. The Illinois Democrat said high-level U.S. engagement with Iran would bring more international support for military action "should Tehran prove unwilling to give up its nuclear activities," the Journal writes.
Exactly. Start with aggressive diplomacy because, if Iran proves to be an un-tamable threat, at least we can have international support.