March 12/09. U.S. and Israeli
experts increasingly believe Iran could have its first nuclear weapon by
the end of 2009 or early 2010. President Barack Obama has all but ruled
out military force to stop Iran, preferring instead to pursue direct
negotiations with Tehran.
Last week, however, Iranian
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini, dismissed such talk.
"Negotiations with whom?" asked Khameini. "With an occupying and
bullying regime [Israel], who does not believe in any other principle
other than force?….Or negotiations with America and Britain who
committed the biggest sin in creating and supporting this cancerous
tumor [the Jewish State]?"
Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad also dismissed his American counterpart's desire for direct
talks, saying they could only happen if the U.S. abandons her "satanic,
coercive and aggressive ways."
Yet even as the leaders of Iran
talk about annihilating Israel and the U.S., and feverishly try to
build, buy or steal nuclear weapons, a growing chorus of "experts" in
the U.S. foreign policy community are actually suggesting a
nuclear-armed Iran might not be such a terrible thing.