Three former high-ranking U.S. military men have called on the Bush administration to pursue diplomacy with Iran, saying “an attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences,” a concern shared by a group of 22 physicists, including 12 Nobel laureates, which has asked Congress to restrict the president’s ability to use nuclear weapons against Tehran.

Diplomacy can still win Iran (published in the Sunday Times):

As former US military leaders, we strongly caution against the use of military force against Iran. An attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences for security in the region, coalition forces in Iraq and would further exacerbate regional and global tensions. The current crisis must be resolved through diplomacy.

A strategy of diplomatic engagement with Iran would serve the interests of the US and the UK and potentially could enhance regional and international security. The British government has a vital role to play in securing a renewed diplomatic push and making it clear that it will oppose any recourse to military force. The Bush administration should engage immediately in direct talks with the government of Iran without preconditions. There is time available to talk, we must ensure that we use it.

Lieutenant General Robert G Gard Jr US Army (Ret), Former assistant to the Secretary of Defense, president, National Defense University General Joseph P Hoar US Marine Corps (Ret), Former Commander in Chief, US Central Command Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan US Navy (Ret), Former Director of the Center for Defense Information and currently Chairman, Military Advisory Committee

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