Given that last clause, and in light of what happened in 2002 and 2003, you might even wonder if Gordon is reading the WikiLeaks documents cautiously enough and seeking out dissent. The least, it seems, we readers can do—maybe must do—is show some caution of our own in accepting these claims about Iran.

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Ali Gharib is a New York-based journalist who blogs about U.S.-Iran relations at www.LobeLog.com.