S2, et al,
As I said, I know that I hold the minority opinion.
I'm a forward thinker - and look to the future that brings us progress in international relations. I also know that the nature and character of countries change. Iran will not always be as it is today. And there is a growing population within Iran that wants to become more involved and connected with the rest of the world. Just as, when I was younger, the North Vietnamese were the evil threat of the day - and could not be envisioned as a positive regional influence, I was shock to learn how wrong I was. And so now - I believe that Iran will (someday) improve and become a benefit and advantage to the region. I haven't written them off yet.
Even anti-government and anti-occupation forces evolve. You are only looking at one side of the coin with Hezbollah. They are more than a irregular military force of an asymmetric strategy.
As "Parihaka" points out (from the thread: Iran Reiterates Threat To Close Strait of Hormuz If Attacked) , I have discussed this before, and you have expressed your counter-opinion to the concept. I essentially believe that if the Regional Neighbors to Iran believe that Iran has become a security problem, then they (the Middle East/Persian Gulf States) should collectively solve the problem; not the US. They need to stand on their own two feet.
Yes, I agree that Iran is not the ideal partner for peace today, as it could be. And yes, they (Iran) are probably not the right choice today to be the Protector of the Persian Gulf. But really, that is not our (the US) decision to make. It should be the decision of the Persian Gulf States. And the Persian Gulf States should determine who supervises the protection of the Gulf Region, and what the political-military policies should be region-wide.
This brings us back to the discussion on the reputation of the US among the people in the Middle East and Persian Gulf Regions.
PS: I understand that you have some objection to improving the nature and character of the US Leadership with the Governments and the People of the Middle East and Persian Gulf States. But "right through might" is (IMO) the wrong approach. Leadership, and the characteristics of leadership, are (much) more than just demonstrated strength. Yes, it does contain the concepts described in the "groovy words about "courage" and "honor" and "fair."