SETTING THE TABLE….This is not exactly the kind of thing one expects to find at The Corner, but Andrew Stuttaford makes an unusually crisp point today about the “all options on the table” crowd:

Speaking more widely, it strikes me as thoroughly perverse that those who like to argue that “nothing” should be off the table when it comes to Iran and Syria find a little diplomatic conversation as something too ghastly to contemplate.

Now, Stuttaford’s version of “diplomatic conversation” is pretty typically British (circa the good old days of Empire) and world-weary, but I guess that’s excusable since, um, he’s British. It’s a good point anyway.