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Can We Contain Iran?

February 10, 2014

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If Iran gets nuclear weapons, can it be "contained?" After all, we contained the Soviet Union--which was far stronger than Iran.

That Cold War analogy is misleading, I argue in an article this week in The Weekly Standard. During the Cold War we took a vigorous military and ideological stand against the Soviets, from hot wars in Korea and Vietnam, to proxy forces in Afghanistan, to President Reagan’s comments that the Soviets constituted an "evil empire" and would end up on "the ash heap of history." We negotiated, but we also fought, in ways that we are not doing when it comes to Iran.

The article, entitled "A Misleading Cold War Analogy,’ can be found here.

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