"A BIZARRE NOTION." He ended his answer implying that he'd authorize air strikes against an Iranian nuclear warhead if one's built, but prior to the conclusion Joe Biden made two surprising (for a debate) and welcome points on Iran: that the policy of "regime change" itself -- of making demands on a country like Iran while also touting our intentions to topple the government -- is "bizarre" and should be abandoned; and that, according to actual and credible analyses, Iran is many years further away from developing nuclear weapons than is commonly discussed or assumed.

--Sam Rosenfeld