Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | Saturday, December 31, 2011
Little leeway for US attack against Iran
Iran threatened to block oil transport in the Persian Gulf at the end of December - provoking harsh criticism from the US. Commenting in the conservative daily Magyar Nemzet security expert Miklós Mózes sees little leeway for a US attack on Iran: "The United States has given Iran an ultimatum: if the theocratic regime doesn't stop working on producing a nuclear weapon the US will intervene, if necessary with military means. ... So far the Persian state has denied everything and rejected everyone, including the International Atomic Energy Agency. ... For some time now various scenarios for a military attack have been on the table of the US military leadership. ... In my eyes the US may be far stronger than Iran in terms of military technology but it has no reliable ally with who to launch a military operation against Iran within a 1,500 kilometre radius. Then there's the fact that the looming economic recession would considerably hinder a military offensive. ... And another thing: the US may have plans for an attack but it lacks a strategy for the post-war period."
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