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Foreign Policy: Red Lines Over Iran

Author: Samuel R. Berger, Chairman, Albright Stonebridge Group
September 17, 2012

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The outcome of the presidential election will have significant impact on U.S. foreign policy, particularly considering the debabte over the potential of war with Iran.

Even with all the turmoil in the Middle East, foreign policy is unlikely to have a decisive impact on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. But the outcome of the presidential election will have a profound impact on U.S. foreign policy. Nowhere is that more consequential than the debate over whether, when, and with whom we go to war against Iran.

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon that would introduce a dangerous new dynamic into an already combustible region and threaten the survival of our ally Israel. Both have indicated that they are prepared to use military force if necessary. But there are critical differences that derive from differing perspectives of the United States and Israel.

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