Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran?

U.S. officials: We're ready to take action on Iran

Administration officials told impatient lawmakers Tuesday that they are ready to take swift and substantial action against Iran if it disregards current diplomatic efforts to stop its alleged nuclear weapons program.

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Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran?

By JONATHAN KARL

Based on a little-noticed funding request recently sent to Congress, the answer to that question appears to be yes.

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Public Skeptical and Hawkish on Iran

By Jim Lobe

Despite strong support for diplomatic engagement with Iran, most U.S. citizens believe such efforts will ultimately fail and that Washington should be prepared to use military force to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, according to a new poll released here Tuesday.

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Don’t assume the worst about Iran

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway

10/06/09

’Confront Tehran now,’ demands former Pentagon official Paul Wolfowitz. ‘There are only two choices left on Iran,’ warns former State Department counselor Eliot Cohen. But these voices from the black lagoon of the Bush-Cheney era aren’t the only ones crying out in alarm. We seem to be painting ourselves into a corner of worst-case scenarios when it comes to Iran. But the underlying assumptions need to be questioned more thoroughly. Why would a nuclear Iran necessarily set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East? The conventional wisdom is that the Sunni Arab powers fear the power of Shiite Persia, and would immediately reach for their own bomb should Iran produce one. But Israel’s Arab neighbors did not rush to get their own bomb when Israel was building up a nuclear arsenal. It’s because the Arabs don’t fear Israel, I am told. That was not always so...

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