Mullen's Myth of Geostrategic Equivalence
On Iran's nuclear program.
12:50 PM, Apr 19, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told a forum at Columbia University yesterday, "Iran getting a nuclear weapon would be incredibly destabilizing. Attacking them would also create the same kind of outcome...In an area that's so unstable right now, we just don't need more of that."
And when Mullen goes on to say, "we just don't need more of that [destablizing of the region]," he's being silly. It's not a question of whether we "need" or would like more instability in the Middle East. Everyone would like to be able to wish the Iranian nuclear program (and the currrent Iranian regime) away, and to wish a happier "stability" into existence. The real question is what form of instability would be more dangerous--that caused by this Iranian regime with nuclear weapons, or that caused by attacking this regime's nuclear weapons program. It's time to have a serious debate about the choice between these two kinds of destabilization, instead of just refusing to confront the choice.
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