The prohibitive price of war with iran
The US has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons capability, but removing such a capability should it materialise by force would have far-reaching and devastating consequences, including an economic crunch due to oil shortages
One of the greatest challenges that US President Barack Obama will face in his second term is Iran's pursuit of advanced nuclear technologies. While a nuclear Iran would damage America's strategic position in the Middle East, action aimed at forestalling Iran's nuclear progress also carries serious strategic and economic consequences.
HARD CHOICES: US President Barack Obama is determined not to have his legacy include allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons, something Iran denies it is trying to do.
While Iran has consistently denied it is working toward acquiring nuclear weapons, there is no denying that they would give the country more power to project influence, intimidate its neighbours and protect itself. If the capability were achieved, US allies in the region would need new security guarantees. But an increased American presence could provoke radical groups, while requiring defence resources that are needed to support US interests in East and Southeast Asia.
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