Via Robert Farley, the Russians are stepping up the pressure on the Iranian nuclear program. This, certainly, is good news. This is really the thing to keep in mind regarding the nuclear issue. Other countries can hurt Iran a lot more than we can. Conversely, if other countries decide to actively help Iran go nuclear, they can be enormously helpful. This dynamic — the attitude of countries that are neither the United States nor Iran — is the key variable that’s in play and American actions all need to be geared toward winning that diplomatic battle. Insofar as we’re the reasonable ones, the ones willing to cut a reasonable deal, the ones who aren’t going to do anything crazy, etc. we have a very good chance of scoring continued success.