What does all of this tell us?
This operation should once again remind American leaders that the Tehran regime is not just a problem because of the nuclear weapons project, but because it is a determined foe of the United States on every issue. A major priority for U.S. policy should be to battle Tehran’s influence everywhere, notably in Lebanon, Syria, and Bahrain. (This has already been done in Iraq, though Iran’s influence there is now on the rise and the United States’ influence is diminishing.) Those supposedly friendly governments helping Iran — with Turkey and Venezuela at the top of that list — should not be treated as allies.
And if the attack was an independent initiative, albeit one that the Iranian regime didn’t actively oppose, it shows that once Iran has nuclear weapons there might be other such “rogue” operations. While I don’t support a military attack on Iran, such a factor should be taken into account in making such a decision in the future.