The Case for a Red Line

..."At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs. That's by placing a clear red line on Iran's nuclear weapons program."

The prime minister made a strong case that red lines prevent war and that when they were not declared, aggression was invited. He listed historical examples to illustrate the point, but it was his observation of recent events that should cause those who doubt their efficacy to pay closer attention. "Clear red lines have also worked with Iran. Earlier this year, Iran threatened to close the Straits of Hormuz. The United States drew a clear red line and Iran backed off," he said.

JINSA has long argued that the United States must affirm the credibility of a military threat against Iran's nuclear weapons program. As necessary and important as other tools of statecraft - such as economic sanctions and diplomatic efforts - are, those who speak against military action undermine all other strategies....

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