Momentum is currently on the Western side and Iran has lost the initiative.
But the volatility of the Syria situation and the lethality of the weapons involved justify such an initiative.
At the same time, though, let's note that Lugar did not support a single really major Obama initiative.
But for understanding its ultimate political aims, the initiative is also somewhat murky.
This is why the Presbyterian initiative, aimed strictly at the occupation, is the best course.
But I soon began to love her for her virtues as ardently as though I had wooed her of my own initiative.
Bennigsen seized the initiative, and opened the battle by a cannonade.
Both parties adhered firmly to their point of view; it was not an easy matter to persuade either of them to take the initiative.
There was silence for a few seconds, and then he spoke of his own initiative.
But the Duke of Hereward has saved me the trouble of taking the initiative step.
1793, "that which begins," also "power of initiating," from French initiative (1560s), from Latin initiatus (see initiation). First attested in English in writings of William Godwin. Phrase take the initiative recorded by 1844.