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Obama Bombing Iran? Don't Be Surprised

Author: Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
August 17, 2010


Jeffrey Goldberg's main subject is an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear program, but in his final paragraphs he turns to whether President Obama might act instead. Jeffrey says he used to believe there was no chance--but now he thinks there might be. I agree, for reasons political and philosophical.

Two years ago, in July 2008, Obama said this in Berlin:

Now is the time to join together, through constant cooperation, strong institutions, shared sacrifice, and a global commitment to progress, to meet the challenges of the 21st century .... This is the moment when we must renew the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. The two superpowers that faced each other across the wall of this city came too close too often to destroying all we have built and all that we love. With that wall gone, we need not stand idly by and watch the further spread of the deadly atom. It is time to secure all loose nuclear materials; to stop the spread of nuclear weapons; and to reduce the arsenals from another era. This is the moment to begin the work of seeking the peace of a world without nuclear weapons.

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