America targeting Iran fact check
Matthew Kroenig titled his Foreign Affairs January/February 2012 article, “Time to Attack Iran.” Kroenig’s a former Secretary of Defense Office strategist. He’s also a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow. Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. called CFR a “front organization (for) the heart of the American establishment.” It meets privately and publishes only what it wishes the public to know.
Harvard International Affairs Professor Stephen Walt called this Kroenig article “a textbook example of war-wongering disguised as analysis. It is a remarkably poor piece of advocacy. This is not fair-minded ‘analysis;’ it is simply a brief for war designed to reach a predetermined conclusion.”
For years, American pundits and policymakers have been debating whether the United States should attack Iran and attempt to eliminate its nuclear facilities.
However, Iran’s not aggressive or imperial. It poses no regional threat. It hasn’t attacked another nation in over 200 years.
Iran does maintain a strong military for self-defense. It’s vital given repeated Washington and Israeli threats.
No evidence whatever suggests an Iranian nuclear weapons program. US intelligence assessments through March 2011 found none. And during his December 1, 1997-November 30, 2009 tenure as IAEA director general, Mohamed ElBaradei concurred.
[Excerpt of an article by Stephen Lendman]