Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Freedom to Exercise Hard Power

"When you've got the biggest military and your State Department lacks initiative and successes, hard power becomes "the default option," said Dov S. Zakheim, a former Defense Department comptroller who currently serves as Vice President for Global Defense clients for Booz, Allen & Hamilton, the giant government consulting firm. He also chairs the Office of Government and International Affairs of the American Jewish Committee.

As Iran nears the boiling point, Dov's advice points to a hard power response. From Presidential hopeful John McCain to Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollh Khamenei to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the rhetoric does as well. P.M. Olmert said "The international community has a duty and responsibility to clarify to Iran, through drastic measures, that the repercussions of their continued pursuit of nuclear weapons will be devastating. Israel will not tolerate the possibility of a nuclear Iran, and neither should any other country in the free world." Default option, anyone? Or is this another "crude conspiracy theory" as noted by Condi in her AIPAC speech?