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September 27, 2012 4:00 pm

The U.S. Should Throw its Support Behind an Israeli Strike

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President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Oval Office.

Russia, China, Venezuela, Iraq, and others delight in helping Tehran evade today’s patchwork of haphazardly applied, often ignored, and poorly enforced measures. Iran has suffered economically from these Rube Goldberg efforts, but its progress toward nuclear weapons, as even the International Atomic Energy Agency’s public information demonstrates, continues essentially unabated.

Tehran is perilously close to achieving nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for worldwide delivery. It is far too advanced in its entire program for sanctions to stop it now. And because the world’s intelligence on Iran is imperfect, Iran may be even closer to a nuclear bomb than we think, especially considering its longstanding cooperation with North Korea, about which we know far less.

Diplomacy and sanctions have failed; believing otherwise objectively enables Iran. There are two possible outcomes.

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The most likely is that Iran gets nuclear weapons, bringing the chilling prospect of nuclear holocaust for Israel. A nuclear-armed Iran would also dramatically shift the balance of power in the Middle East, prompting Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, and others to acquire nuclear capabilities. And it would increase the risk of global nuclear terrorism.

The other possibility is that someone, now most likely Israel, uses force to break Iran’s control over the nuclear-fuel cycle, not permanently, but long enough to buy time for the broader objective of finally overthrowing the Tehran regime.

The odds are long, time is short, and the choice is stark. But since a nuclear-armed Iran will change the world forever, America should support an Israeli attack as the least-worst option.

John Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, served as US ambassador to the United Nations in 2005-06.

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  • The probabilities of stgead terrorist attack and an Iran invasion or strategic strike are two different things, IMHO. Staged attacks can happen anytime this regime has a big plan or big tactic to execute.I don’t think anyone in the world (the industrialized, modern one) will allow the USA to f*ck up, once again, Iran’s much important oil export by sending the country into civil war (like Iraq which is not exporting at all as much as it could). Oil is scarce these days, and I think the oilman Cheney is knows that.I don’t know, maybe Iran is the next thing, but don’t forget about Saudi Arabia which is the holy grail of oil thirsty nations. All these al-Qaeda attacks the Royal Family has endured in their country for the last 3 years are maybe the actions of USA to destabilize the already dangerously frail monarchy of Saudi Arabia. You know, 25% of the world’s know recoverable oil HAS to be protected from instabilities in Cheney’s (et al) mind 😀 Al-Qaeda will strike, USA could propose the solution (all out invasion).

  • Amin

    John Bolton is an Idiot!

    • You obviously prefer USUMA bin Laden…such a wise choice…

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