the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to be designated as a terrorist organization.
Meanwhileon the campaign trail, American presidential candidate John McCain famously hummed a BeachBoys tune to the words “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.” Shaul Mofaz, a deputy to EhudOlmert, was much more blunt, stating that if “Iran continues with its program for developingnuclear weapons, we [Israel] will attack it.”
The saber rattling, however, proved ineffective.Amid all of the bellicose talk and threats towards Iran, the Iranian nuclear program actuallyaccelerated.
This left officials like Sir John Sawers, Britain's UN envoy, to conclude that thethreats of regime change or military strikes against Iran on the part of the United States and itsallies had not “produced any movement whatsoever.”
As these tactics continued to fail to produce results, those inclined towards a more peaceful solution started to gain ground. Condoleezza Rice gave President Bush a dose of
when she told him, “I don’t think you can invade another Muslim country… even for the best of reasons.”
President Bush seemed to come around to Rice’s position when he refused theIsraelis permission to fly over Iraqi airspace in order to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.
Themessage was a simple one: the United States would not go along with a war on Iran.At the same time, new views on Iran began to circulate within academia and governmentagencies. Trita Parsi, an Iranian scholar, argued that Washington was following a broken policyin the Middle East that contradicted “the natural balance by seeking to contain and isolate Iran,
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