Over a period of time, I think the popular will in Iran will prevail.
Policymakers have to make judgments based on the best intelligence they get.
There's clearly something to be said for success and following through on your commitments.
The Crown Prince has said he needs to broaden political participation in the governing of Saudi Arabia.
It took us 50 months in Germany, post World War II to go from the end of the war to a national election.
These are all elements, but the main thing we can do in the Middle East is encourage the reformist elements.
And I argued with that intelligence estimate and I think it is a responsibility of policymakers to use their best judgment on the basis of the intelligence they've received.
I wouldn't even know - and I spent three years in the CIA - I wouldn't even know how you'd start a covert action program in a place like Iran. It would be extraordinarily difficult.
We went into Iraq because Iraq posed a threat to the stability of the region and was engaged in the process of trying to develop weapons of mass destruction and had links to terrorists.