- July 23, 2008
- 12 minutes read
Ex-Advisers Warn Against Threatening to Attack Iran
The Bush administration should stop talking about a military attack as an option if negotiations do not immediately halt Iran”s uranium reprocessing program, two former national security advisers said yesterday.
“Don”t talk about “do we bomb them now or later?” ” said Brent Scowcroft, adviser to presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush, during a discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the negotiations between the United States and Iran.
Scowcroft added that by mentioning that threat, “we legitimize the use of force . . . and may tempt the Israelis” to carry out such a mission. He said he thinks that negotiations must continue and that sanctions have had an effect on
Zbigniew Brzezinski, adviser to President Jimmy Carter, described the Bush administration”s policy of maintaining the option of military action as “counterproductive.”
“I don”t want the public to believe a preemptive attack can be justified,” he said. Repeating the possibility “convinces
He added that a
Brzezinski said he fears that if negotiations break down between now and the end of the year, some in the Bush administration might believe “it justifies doing something.”
Both former advisers said they think both
“It brings the
Both also said there are parallels between negotiations with