A nu­clear arse­nal would make Tehran a re­gional hege­mon and de­ter the West from tak­ing any mil­i­tary action. Iran would have the might to con­front Is­rael and im­pose its will on neigh­bor­ing states. The Is­lamic repub­lic is bent on ac­quir­ing power.

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mis­un­der­stand Iran’s ob­jec­tive. Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Gates, we’re try­ing to “lead . . . [Iran] to the con­clu­sion that their se­cu­rity will be di­min­ished by try­ing to get nu­clear weapons, rather than en­hanced.” But Iran’s ef­forts are not about “se­cu­rity” at all.

A nu­clear arse­nal would make Tehran a re­gional hege­mon and de­ter the West from tak­ing any mil­i­tary action. Iran would have the might to con­front Is­rael macy is backed by the threat of force, there is no cred­i­ble way to make the na­tion re­con­sider its am­bi­tions.

The cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion’s cred­i­bil­ity with re­spect to mil­i­tary power is low to be­gin with. Iran can safely con­clude that Amer­i­can force will not be used to pre­empt its nu­clear pro­gram, and the United States will be de­terred from us­ing force once a nu­clear weapon has been tested. But even if force can only buy time, it be­comes

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