Iran: Is a military attack inevitable and what will be the consequences?
Trita Parsi is the co-founder and current President of the National Iranian American Council and the author of A Single Role of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran and Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (both from Yale University Press).
Marsha Cohen is a foreign policy analyst blogger and writer, specializing in Israeli-Iranian relations. She writes at Lobelog and various other venues.
Once again in the run-up to a US Presidential election the Israeli government, abetted by their allies in the US Congress, neo-conservative think tanks and AIPAC, is warning that Iran is on the brink of nuclear capability or worse, of acquiring a nuclear weapon, posing an existential threat to Israel and the region. Time is running out and all options must be on the table, particularly a military attack. We talk with Trita Parsi about: what is known about Iran's nuclear program, the institutional and political obstacles to a diplomatic rapproachment, and about the realpolitik agenda behind Israel's concerns.
Drawing on what we've learned from the invasion of Iraq, Marsha Cohen lays out for us the likely consequences of a military assault on Iran; consequences that have not been addressed in the mainstream media amid the talk of rising oil prices, a Hezbollah attack on Israel, and attacks on US targets in the region.