Report: US thinks Iranian retaliation would be calculated

February 29, 2012 10:49


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Officials in Washington believe that any Iranian response to a possible Israeli attack against its nuclear program would be calculated and limited, but warned that such predictions cannot be taken as fact.

Even after a military strike against it and its nuclear program, Iran would act carefully not to invite a full-scale war on its own territory. "The Iranians have been pretty good masters of escalation control," retired US General James E. Cartwright told The New York Times in a report published Wednesday.

Therefore, he said, Tehran would think twice before directly striking US military targets in the region. American economic and security assets would likely be targeted, however, and its forces indirectly targeted or struck in a limited fashion, according the the report.

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