Monday, March 13, 2006

A Cuban Missile Crisis For A New Generation?

Graham Allison in the Boston Globe:
As Henry A. Kissinger has noted, a defining challenge for statesmen is to recognize ''a change in the international environment so likely to undermine national security that it must be resisted no matter what form the threat takes or how ostensibly legitimate it appears." Iran's emergence as a nuclear armed state would constitute just such a catastrophic transformation for the United States. But just as JFK refused to choose between accepting nuclear weapons in Cuba or attacking the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis, the challenge today is to find additional options, short of war, to stop Iran's acquisition of nuclear arms.