Friday, February 3, 2012

US needs 'credible' threat against Iran: experts

The United States should deploy more warships to the Gulf, arm Israel and issue tough warnings to convince Iran it is serious about possible military action to stop Tehran's nuclear program, former US lawmakers and experts said Wednesday.

The bipartisan group criticized President Barack Obama's administration for downplaying the likelihood of US military action in public statements, saying it undercut efforts to pile pressure on Iran's leadership.

Diplomacy and sanctions designed to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions would only have a chance to succeed if backed up by more "visible, credible preparations for a military option," the bipartisan group said in a report.

"The United States needs to make clear that Iran faces a choice: it can either abandon its nuclear program through a negotiated arrangement or have its program destroyed militarily, by the United States or Israel," said the report by a panel led by former senator Chuck Robb, a Democrat, and Charles Wald, a retired US general.

"The risks of inaction are too high. We must stop Irans nuclear clock," it said. Read More