Unthinkable

Unthinkable

Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

Book - 2013
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The world's foremost expert on Middle Eastern relations examines Iran's current nuclear potential and charts America's future course of action.

How close are we to a nuclear Iran? What does it mean for American foreign policy? How did we get to this point? And what do we do now?

In Unthinkable , Kenneth Pollack, a former CIA analyst with twenty-five years of experience working on the Middle East, explores America's intractable problem with Iran, Tehran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, and the pro­longed clash that led us to this point. Pollack lays out key solutions to the Iran nuclear ques­tion, explaining and assessing the options for American policymakers:

* Redoubling our efforts at a carrot-and-stick approach that combines negotiations and sanctions
* Aiding the Iranian opposition to bring about a popular form of regime change
* An Israeli military strike
* The American military option
* Containing a nuclear Iran

Insightful, powerful, and balanced in its approach, Unthinkable is one of the most thought­ful and important books on foreign policy in the past decade.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2013
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781476733920
1476733929
Characteristics: xxii, 536 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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SEBoiko
Feb 27, 2014

The international, multilateral, and unilateral sanctions are already imposing severe costs on Iran.

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SEBoiko
Feb 27, 2014

The real question is not whether Iran and its allies would retaliate, but how bad the retaliation would be.

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SEBoiko
Feb 27, 2014

...Iranian politics are complicated and unpredictable.

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SEBoiko
Feb 27, 2014

If Israel has a good military option, it takes it.

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SEBoiko
Feb 27, 2014

Oil prices do not operate in a vacuum.

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SEBoiko
Feb 27, 2014

... that it often takes more to reasure allies than it does to deter an adversary.

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SEBoiko
Feb 27, 2014

During the Cold War, this dilemma was often framed as whether the US government would be willing to 'trade Boston for Bonn.'

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SEBoiko
Feb 27, 2014

Iran is a rational actor in the sense that staying in power is paramount.

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SEBoiko
Feb 27, 2014

Ultimately, as with so many things Iranian, we just don't know the answers.

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Feb 27, 2014

Between what the Bush 41 administration did and what the Bush 43 administration did not do, we have an excellent blue print for how to secure international support for a war ...

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Feb 13, 2014

When it comes to Iran, the truth is we just don't have the kind of information that we need to figure out how best to handle Iran and its nuclear program.

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