'Iran strike could spare world a very real threat'

Carefully managed strike could improve long-term national security of US, ex-Pentagon adviser tells 'Foreign Affairs.'

December 25, 2011 13:48
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A military strike on Iran could spare the region and the world a very real threat and dramatically improve the long-term national security of the United States, analyst Matthew Kroenig of Georgetown University said recently in an article published by Foreign Affairs magazine.

The former Pentagon adviser writes about US authorities who broke up a plot in October by two men linked to the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States. The episode further escalated tensions between Tehran and Washington.

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Kroenig, who highlights that the Obama administration has not publicly threatened to retaliate with military force, said that those skeptical of military action fail to appreciate the true danger that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to US interests in the Middle East and beyond.

He said that critics of a bombing campaign maintain that if sanctions and diplomacy fail to impede Tehran’s progress, the United States should simply "learn to live with a nuclear Iran."

In the article, Kroenig warned that it is dangerous to assume that the consequences of a US attack on Iran would be even worse than Iran achieving its nuclear ambitions.

He claimed that military strike, if carefully managed, "could spare the region and the world a very real threat and dramatically improve the long-term national security of the United States."

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