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Lessons from Syria for Iran

9:36 AM, Jun 6, 2013 • By MICHAEL MAKOVSKY AND BLAISE MISZTAL
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For this reason, the administration should require a regularly released, credible assessment of IAEA data that details how much time Iran would need to produce fissile material and how soon it might reach nuclear weapons capability. Such a proposal is already contained in bipartisan sanctions legislation currently before the House and Senate. Congress would do well to pass these bills, and President Obama to sign them into law.

Poorly designed red lines are difficult to enforce; unenforced red lines erode security. The Syrian example provides a teachable moment, demonstrating that red lines need to be actionable, verifiable, and credible. It is not too late for President Obama to learn this lesson and draw a new red line that can serve to prevent a nuclear weapons capable Iran.

Michael Makovsky is CEO of JINSA. Blaise Misztal is acting director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s foreign policy project.

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