An Arab Neo-Con?

Eli Lake of the Washington Times reports:

The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said the benefits of bombing Iran’s nuclear program outweigh the short-term costs such an attack would impose.…

The ambassador also said that “talk of containment and deterrence really concerns me and makes me very nervous.”

He said Iran has not been deterred from supporting terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah now, when it doesn’t have a nuclear arsenal. So why, he asked rhetorically, would Iran be more cautious in its support for terrorism if it did.

“Why should I be led to believe that deterrence and containment will work?” he asked.

By the way, my recent NRO column on why containment is a myth is here.

Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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