"nope, I guess the Iranians must be starved and killed, or forced into war"
Forced into war? and exactly how or who would they attack? Do you or anybody in Iran actually think they could win a war? You think your leaders are stupid enough to enter into a war that no "win", even symbolically, is possible? You are farther out of line than Sarah.
Sanctions harm those who impose them as much as those who they are imposed upon. If there are sanctions, those who imposed them don't get the stuff they were buying before.
Have not sanctions limited the number of dollars going into Iran? This is good right, giving Iran the first place in abandoning the failing currency, as you say. Some good has come of it.
And yes, I fully agree that the decision to go to war is not one made by assessing the threat but instead the profits of those who supply armies. I might also say that this holds just as true inside Iran. Nobody foments change internally when under attack externally.
And, lastly, I think you misunderstood my post. I am suggesting that sanctions are useless (Cuba). I am saying that Iran has nobody to A bomb without a devastating reprisal. I am saying that the US position requiring something of Iran that the US would never, ever agree to is misguided and ignorant. Thus, as the US and it's allies are not stupid, war is not a logical choice for either party. SO, Sarah's point in her article and title is bombastic and misdirected, my point.