The Iranian president was going on today about a secret American plan to sabotage Pakistan's nukes. I thought he might be onto something in a Seymour Hersh-like way until I got to his revelation of American plans for a "massive presence" of presumably American and allied troops in Pakistan. I can honestly say I don't know of one American, in government or out, who thinks that sending a bunch of troops into Pakistan is a good idea. Not one.
Meanwhile, just to be helpful, Iran has deployed submarines to the Red Sea. I wonder if this is to pressure Saudi Arabia over the crackdown in Bahrain. But that is just a guess because I don't know enough about the Middle East to know if I am even in the ballpark. Maybe it is a response to the Israeli move of submarines through the Suez Canal nearly two years ago.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.