As best understood - it's the result of the act, attempt or art of containment. A policy of checking the expansion or influence of a hostile power or ideology, as by the creation of strategic alliances or support of client states or even non state actor outers in areas of conflict or unrest.
44's NS Something cat lays it out to play it out thusly:
“Iran today is fundamentally weaker, more isolated, more vulnerable and badly discredited than ever.”(PDF - right here ya'll)Yes sir - Preacher Command of course is also fundamentally way more advanced, way more capable and way more closer than ever to achieving new clear deterring weaponry.
Not to bore your britches off (the old tricks are the best tricks, nicht wahr?) it's the multipoint initiation bay bee! Granting Persia a very scary new clear date of 2012 - next year!
Using the I word an amazing 17 times NSA Donilon kinda sorta redux's HRC's new clear umbrella
“We will continue to build a regional defense architecture that prevents Iran from threatening its neighbors. We will continue to deepen Iran’s isolation, regionally and globally.”and getting Iran all isolated conjures shades of the dreaded containment mythical meme!
Containment requires credibility, a resource Great Satan will have drained if, after numerous warnings to the contrary, we permit Tehran to cross the nuclear threshold. And no matter how isolated, a nuclear Iran is likely to spark a destabilizing cascade of proliferation. Despite its own isolation, North Korea shares its nuclear technology. Iran might, too. Tehran’s enemies, led by Saudi Arabia, would seek safety behind their own nuclear deterrent.The Cost of Containment makes for amazingly discombobulated jäger bombish chiz - like the girl that repeatedly claims she's NOT attracted to you - yet pulls her pants down on the ride home.
And Iran and Little Satan, as former defense undersecretary Eric Edelman has argued, would have incentives to initiate a nuclear first strike, potentially dragging Great Satan into the conflict. All this would severely diminish American influ and drive up oil prices.
Forget the PACRIM Pivet, forget Offshore Balancing (LOL), forget hot desires to unAss the ME and leave unhinged appearing elements to their own sectarian or hegemonic designs -
Containment will require intense levels of engagement, involvement, muscle and bling bling - enough to make last millennium's NATO/Warsaw Pact era look like a bargain at VicSec.
Pic - "Self Contained II"