Friday, April 08, 2005

Is Iran Next? by Alan Bock

Iran has been on the neocon "to-do" list for a long time. Few have been as persistent as the American Enterprise Institute's Michael Ledeen, who has been hoping for and writing about a democratic revolution in Iran for years. But weakening Iran featured tangentially in the "A Clean Break" paper prepared by neocon stalwarts Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, and others for Benjamin Netanyahu's incoming Likud government in Israel in 1996. The 2000 Project for a New American Century report, "Rebuilding America's Defenses [.pdf]," stated, "Over the long term, Iran may well prove as large a threat to U.S. interests in the Gulf as Iraq has."

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