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Updated: Feb 13, 2012
CNS Experts Comment on Escalating Tensions with Tehran
Over the last few months, the discussion of war with Iran has intensified. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has asserted that "all options remain on the table" for dealing with a nuclear Iran, and Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak has stated that the window of opportunity for a military strike is rapidly closing: "Those who say 'later' may find that later is too late." CNS Middle East experts have weighed in on the likelihood of military confrontation with Iran and the appropriate U.S. approach:
CNS Experts Comment
"Whether the United States will be able to develop viable preventive and containment options is hard to predict. But preparation for a nuclear Iran should start today, not tomorrow."
"It is impossible to know in advance how Iran will behave if it acquires a nuclear weapons capability and illogical to tailor U.S. policy recommendations and strategy based merely on inferences."
"Partly by design and partly by happenstance, a US grand strategy for checking Iran's nuclear ambitions – and for thwarting Iran's Islamic revolutionary government more broadly — may now be crystallizing."
"The next phase of the assassination war is liable to turn international scientific conferences into arenas of assassination."
"What could tip the Israeli domestic debate is an honest Israeli-U.S. strategic dialogue on what exactly the threat is that Iran poses and how best to address it together. In the absence of such a genuine joint effort, Israel's leadership may well conclude that only it can prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, and resort to war."
With skilled analysts of Middle Eastern policy, CNS has been at the frontlines of the ongoing debate of how to deter and contain Iran's nuclear ambitions. For further commentary, please visit our website at http://cns.miis.edu or our blog, WMD Junction, at http://cns.miis.edu/wmdjunction/index.htm.
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