In this NYT op-ed, Air Force Research Institute defense analyst Adam B. Lowther discusses potential benefits to the United States should Iran build a bomb.
With Iran having notified the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency that it is now enriching its stockpile of uranium to a higher level, we should admit that Washington's approach to countering the Islamic Republic is leading nowhere. What's needed, however, may be less of a change of plan than a change in how we view the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.
Believe it or not, there are some potential benefits to the United States should Iran build a bomb. (I'm speaking for myself here, and in no way for the Air Force.) Five possibilities come to mind.