Alec Russell, Telegraph, 1/21/05:: But the Republican-dominated Congress is arguing for regime change to be an explicit goal of America's foreign policy. For the moment, the US does not have an Iranian policy. But barring an utter disaster in Iraq, if Teheran spurns attempts to curb its nuclear ambitions, the administration will not turn its back.
"The idea that we will sit idly by is not right," said Danielle Pletka, a prominent neo-conservative at the American Enterprise Institute. "And Europeans are very mistaken to think that George Bush is an empty vessel. He is the hawk in the administration."
Craig Gordon, Newsday, 1/23/05: "I think people who write Iraq off as a failure don't understand the first thing about what failure really would be in a place like Iraq," said Danielle Pletka, an analyst with the conservative American Enterprise Institute who supported the war. "Failure would be that the elections didn't take place, that we would have installed a pseudo-Saddam when he fell, that there wouldn't be hundreds of political parties.
"It's not perfect. It's far from perfect," Pletka said, "but there's a tendency to forget just how bad it was under Saddam Hussein."