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January 28, 2007
A unilateral American military attack on Iran would cause incalculable harm to the United States. It would leave the U.S. isolated among the world's nations, it would expose American troops to far greater violence, and it would lay the groundwork for a severe constitutional crisis between the executive branch and an aroused Congress. Any sensible person can see that, yet the Bush administration seems intent on provoking Iran, with hostile rhetoric, the assignment of an aircraft carrier group to the waters near Iran, and - as reported Friday by The Washington Post - a new policy of killing Iranian agents found to be aiding militias in Iraq.
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NEWS
December 10, 2012
While many have persuasively argued that the fiscal cliff defense cuts would hurt innovation and slow our economic recovery, few offer concrete examples of how these catastrophic cuts would endanger our national security. Iran's drive to acquire nuclear weapons provides the perfect example. Intent on testing America's resolve to stop its nuclear program, Iran will accelerate its uranium enrichment if the U.S. cannot credibly threaten to use military force. Cutting warships, fighter jets, intelligence technologies, and other critical capabilities - as would happen if we go over the fiscal cliff - would encourage Iran to run out the diplomatic clock until it has built a nuclear ballistic missile.
NEWS
June 2, 2006
When the Bush administration offered this week to talk directly with Iran over Tehran's refusal to abandon its nuclear program, it renewed a chance to settle this matter peacefully. The U.S. involvement also helped forge a strong new package of incentives that has the support of the major international players, including China and Russia. That should get Iran's attention. The invitation to talk comes with a condition - the Iranians must halt all nuclear activity - that the Iranians can't cavalierly dismiss.
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By Ray Takeyh | June 22, 2003
WASHINGTON - After much consideration, the Bush administration has finally opted for a strategy to deal with Iran's nuclear aspirations. As with its predecessor, the Bush team seems to hope that prodding Russia and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) into pressuring Iran can obstruct Tehran's proliferation tendencies. While this approach had merit in the 1990s, it's unlikely to work today. On the surface, Washington's recent diplomatic maneuvers may seem promising. An IAEA report notes that Iran has failed to abide by its treaty obligations in not accounting for the uranium that it obtained from China in 1991.
NEWS
May 4, 2006
As the United States and its European allies rallied yesterday behind a U.N. resolution that could lead to sanctions against Iran, Tehran was busy enriching uranium, heralding its efforts and upping its threats. The Iranians don't seem the least bit fazed by the tough talk of U.S. officials and others who demand that Tehran shut down its nuclear program or face mandatory economic and diplomatic sanctions. And why should they be? For sanctions to be effective, the U.S. needs the support of U.N. Security Council members Russia and China, and neither has been willing to go that far. But the council can't simply ignore Tehran's defiance of its call to stop nuclear activities.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
The fast and loose talk being thrown around by the Israelis, the administration and the Romney camp about drawing lines in the sand for Iran to cross should be very worrisome to all Americans. All parties mentioned above share the imperative that Iran should not have a nuclear weapon, but getting there is the problem. The Israelis and Mitt Romney embrace the line in the sand approach; if the line is crossed, a military attack will be imminent. The consequences of this approach can be very troubling.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2012
The Democratic congressional candidates in Maryland's 6th District largely agree on major issues facing the country: They all favor immigration reform, more infrastructure spending to help boost the economy and a woman's right to have an abortion. But despite broadly similar positions, a few subtle differences emerged at a forum in Gaithersburg on Sunday, where several hundred voters turned out to hear the five candidates speak. They offered different answers on how to handle Iran, for instance, and what should be done to address ethical lapses in Washington.
NEWS
May 2, 1995
Economic warfare rarely works as intended. President Clinton may not expect his boycott of trade and investment with Iran to modify that country's international conduct. As an executive order, it has the virtue of heading off legislation to the same effect sponsored by Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., which would be more rigid.The behavior of Iran that the president wants modified is crystal clear. Administration spokesmen have spelled it out, sometimes varying the order, but never the content: (1)
NEWS
July 27, 2003
THE MURDER of a Canadian photojournalist while in Iranian police custody this month is shocking enough, but the brazen and ugly performance of the Iranian government since then has been almost more disturbing. Zahra Kazemi (who also held Iranian citizenship) was arrested in June while taking pictures outside a prison in Tehran. She died July 10, following 77 hours of interrogation. The Iranian prosecutor's office first said she had been killed by a stroke, then planted suggestions that she had hit her head against the cell wall intentionally as a way of embarrassing the police.
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