Analysis: New Squeeze on Iran
Council on Foreign Relations
January 25, 2007
Prepared by: Lionel Beehner
U.S. forces recently raided an Iranian consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan and detained alleged members of the Revolutionary Guards accused (BaltSun) of abetting Islamic militants in Iraq . Around the same time, President Bush suggested similar raids in the future with his January 10 speech on stabilizing Iraq. The Pentagon is expected to release a report soon detailing why the Iranian diplomats were detained.
The United States this month sent its second aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf, sending an explicit warning (AP) to Tehran and enhancing the U.S. military's capability to carry out potential air or naval-based strikes against Iranian targets. Bush's appointment of Admiral William Fallon to head Central Command may also signal Washington's greater willingness to wage air or navel-based strikes against Iranian nuclear targets, given the admiral's "vast experience in directing carrier-borne air strikes," writes Martin Sieff, a national security correspondent for UPI. One aim of these maneuvers is to show that the U.S. presence in the region remains strong, notwithstanding military setbacks in Iraq. There is no hope for direct dialogue with the Iranians, the thinking goes, so long as Washington appears to be negotiating from a position of weakness.
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