For Obama's likeliest flip-flops, click here.
"I will have those military options, I will take those crippling sanctions and put them into place, and I will speak out to the Iranian people of the peril of them becoming nuclear," Romney said. "It's pretty straight-forward in my view. If Barack Obama is re-elected, Iran will have a nuclear weapon and the world will change if that's the case." — 3/4/2012
Romney is going to need to give himself a bit more wiggle room when it comes to the "military option" on Iran as president. He's enough of a realist that he probably doesn't want a regional war that will further destabilize the Middle East and drive up global oil prices -- any more than Obama does. In any event, American voters have little appetite for yet another conflict with a Muslim country. Nor, for that matter, does the U.S. military.
Even with harsher sanctions in place, Iran will likely continue to press its nuclear luck, and preventing war is going to require enormous patience, tolerance of occasional setbacks, and, yes, a few "lectures" to America's friends in Israel.