Thursday, January 17, 2013

No surprise here: WINEP head worries that Hagel appointment undermines the war option versus Iran

Robert Satloff, the head of WINEP, the influential Washington AIPAC-inspired thinktank, worries that by naming Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense President Obama reduces the credibility of the war option against Iran. Let's be candid, attacking Iran means starting a war, not simply "surgically" attacking discrete nuclear sites. Satloff, apparently sanguine about starting a war with Iran, seems not to consider that putting a man in the Pentagon who has advocated talking to Iran might make successful negotiations more feasible.  Satloff wants Obama to demonstrate more toughness vis-a-vis Iran to compensate for the Hagel nomination to demonstrate he hasn't gone wobbly.
Wouldn't it be refreshing if WINEP officials occasionally were not predictable?

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