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Opinions Diverge Wildly on Iran

Whereas Tod Koppel and WashPo reporter Robin Wright both reject a military option with Tehran as unrealistic, an American Enterprise Institute fellow writes, “WE MUST bomb Iran.”


ThinkProgress:

Yesterday on Meet the Press, Nightline anchor Ted Koppel (who just returned from Iran) and Washington Post reporter Robin Wright both rejected the military option with Iran as unrealistic.

Koppel said, “I don’t think that’s an option,” and Wright stated that it “would be far more — to be effective, would be far more extensive than anyone envisions at this stage, at least in terms of the public debate about a military option. Much more complicated and costly.” Watch it:

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Joshua Muravchik in the L.A. Times:

WE MUST bomb Iran.

It has been four years since that country’s secret nuclear program was brought to light, and the path of diplomacy and sanctions has led nowhere.

First, we agreed to our allies’ requests that we offer Tehran a string of concessions, which it spurned. Then, Britain, France and Germany wanted to impose a batch of extremely weak sanctions. For instance, Iranians known to be involved in nuclear activities would have been barred from foreign travel — except for humanitarian or religious reasons — and outside countries would have been required to refrain from aiding some, but not all, Iranian nuclear projects.

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