The new sanctions regime places the United States' tactics and objectives -- a negotiated end to Iran's nuclear ambitions -- at odds. In effect, the administration has backed itself into a policy of regime change, an outcome it has little ability to influence.
The United States faces unprecedented threats in cyberspace. But in its efforts to mitigate them, Washington is neglecting one of its best tools: economic sanctions. Without delay, the Obama administration should start using sanctions to deter both foreign governments and nonstate actors from hacking into American computer systems.
Sanctions have disrupted Iran's access to the raw materials and technology on which its nuclear program depends. The United States can bolster sanctions by exposing Iranian companies connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, and forbidding Western firms from conducting business with them.