With regard to the Iranian nuclear program we are assured that all options on the table. This includes the clandestine work of intelligence agencies to sabotage, interrupt and stifle Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Given the importance of nuclear energy, it is critical we continue to work with the international community. In Vienna next week, I will offer ideas for how we can promote an international "fuel bank" to encourage the peaceful use of nuclear power.
For Iran's Persian Gulf neighbors, Bushehr's military vulnerability poses a two edged sword. For those states fearful that a nuclear armed Iran will attempt to push its weight around, Bushehr offers a radiological hostage to push back.
That the president feels he must call in Western journalists to signal Tehran is a sad commentary on the administration's failure to develop a discreet and reliable channel to communicate with Iranian leaders.
Joe Klein of Time magazine has a new piece out this week indicating that after being largely dismissed during the Bush administration, "the military option is very much back on the table" with respect to Iran's nuclear program.
"At the risk of sounding rude, anyone who tells you that Iran wants a nuclear weapon in order to use it is a moron," Aslan said. "Iran wants a nuclear weapon for the same reason everyone wants a nuclear weapon, as a deterrence."
The timetable for adopting sanctions against Iran has been thrown into a muddle, running into a major nuclear non-proliferation conference -- and the probable arrival of Ahmadinejad in New York on Monday.