Accelerated Roadmap to War

by Jim Lobe

The Bipartisan Policy Center, which last year published a detailed report on Iran policy that I called a “roadmap to war”, is coming out with an updated version next week, according to an op-ed co-authored by task force members Dan Coats, Chuck Robb, and Air Force Gen. Chuck Wald (ret.) and published this evening by the Wall Street Journal.

The op-ed, presumably like the new report, is calling for Obama to begin military preparations for an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites at the same time that he pushes for international economic sanctions against Tehran.

“We believe only a credible U.S. military threat can make possible a peaceful solution.

“By showing that he has not taken the military option off the table, Mr. Obama may also be able to convince Israel to forgo a unilateral military strike while forcing Tehran to recognize the costs of its nuclear defiance. Furthermore, making preparations now will enable the president, should all other measures fail to bring Tehran to the negotiating table, to use military force to retard Iran’s nuclear program. We do not downplay the risks of this option and recognize its complications, but we do believe it to be a feasible option of last resort.”

Wald, a four-star Air Force General, published another op-ed in the Journal entitled “There Is A Military Option on Iran” just a month ago. As noted by my colleague, Eli Clifton, he was one of the invitees to a secret strategy meeting on Iran in the Bahamas convened by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy (FDD) two years ago.

The principal author of last year’s BPC report was Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) with help from the BPC’s National Security Initiative director and Office of Special Plans (OSP) alumnus Michael Makovsky (brother of David). As the report has not yet been officially released, it remains to be seen who gets the credit for the latest incarnation. How sympathetic Dennis Ross, who signed on to last year’s report, may be to this “new strategy,” as the op-ed’s co-authors refer to it, is unknown.

The BPC’s founders, incidentally, include former Sens. Howard Baker and Robert Dole on the Republican side and Tom Daschle and (remarkably) George Mitchell on the Democratic side. The former three remain on the Center’s Board of Advisers. How any of them feel about the thrust of this report — and its implicit advocacy of unilateral U.S. military action against Iran — is also unknown. Robb and Wald are on the Center’s board of directors, along with about a dozen other worthies, including former Sen. John Danforth and former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine.

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Jim Lobe

Jim Lobe served for some 30 years as the Washington DC bureau chief for Inter Press Service and is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy and the influence of the neoconservative movement.



  1. Obviously, Iran is not, in any way, a threat to the US, but it is a measure of our obeisance to Israel that we treat it as such. Our posture toward Iran and subservience to Israel has brought us to the edge of catastrophe. It is absurd that we tolerate infantile leaders, who know only how to lie and grovel.

  2. I am sick and tired of Israeli “firsters” running our foreign policy, dragging us along as it flaunts UN resolution after resolution, Geneva Conventions, etc. Remember the Liberty? I want not one of my tax dollars to go to Israel. Indeed, what threat is Iran to us? Not at all. It does not want to be destroyed. Israel is the one who should come clean about its own weapons. Attacking Iran will bring us to an all-out oil war all over the globe. Let Israel swing in the winds of world opinion.

  3. Who would have imagined that a so-called (phony) antiwar-candidate for President, Obama, would turn out to be a more foolish and reckless, and FECKLESS war monger than GWB?

    Are these people connected to reality? The world is already shifting away from the US dollar, realizing their support of it supports their military encirclement. Are our fake leaders here so delusional they believe the world will stand by after an unprovoked, criminal attack on Iran? Putting aside the military hardships an attack will summon, what about the economic ones? We’ve moved from the realm of hubris to delusion.

  4. Perpetual War… It is the only way that the US economy, in its present form, can keep going. And it is the only way that the US government can keep enough of the general public distracted so that they never really wake up to the true condition of the country and the duplicity of the people that run it…

  5. Most American’s will be kept stupid by the mainstream media; the gentiles that know the truth will never speak up about Israel’s crimes. It’s too dangerous for someone who has a family to support. The Likudnik’s take no prisoners and will destroy people. It’s a stranglehold like no other.

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