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  •  The real threat to the US with Iran (0+ / 0-)

    is that when a country has nuclear weapons they are treated very differently by the United States as the treat of the US using military force against that country is largely removed.

    Consider the case of Pakistan or North Korea, both nuclear powers.  As they are nuclear powers, the ability of the US to explicitly or implicitly threaten the use of military force is severely weakened - because of the concern that nuclear weapons might be used or "fall into the wrong hands."

    Iran's leadership likely sees the situation as they need to get through a current "rough spot" until they demonstrate they have nuclear weapons with a test of a nuclear weapon.  Once the world  and the US see they have a nuclear weapon, they expect they will be treated very differently and become a far more important power in the region.

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    by nextstep on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 12:21:44 PM PST

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