If this is accurate (and the sourcing is nebuluous so I'm not putting too much faith in it) it's quite depressing. Sounds like we're going back to the bad old days of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Although I guess these are the worse days in a lot of ways, so longing for the bad old days makes a certain peverse amount of sense.
Analysis by Isaac Chotiner over at TNR's Plank.
Make a Devil's Bargain with corrupt Sunni regimes, let them support(and yet paradoxically try to contain) Sunni extremist elements, and make sure Iran and the Shiites don't become too powerful. Wasn't the deal for "stability" that we made a long time ago really a sham? Isn't this how we got involved with Saddam Hussein in the first place? Do we trust the Saudis to wage covert war with jihadi proxies?
Also, according to the London Times (cited by Kevin Drum) there's four or five U.S. generals that will quit if we go to war with Iran. Good for them.