Thursday, June 05, 2003

Iran in the crosshairs

Marc Perelman of the Jewish weekly Forward details the pressure being applied at the highest echelons of the US government to go ahead and take on Iran.

"For now," Perelman writes, "President Bush's official stance is to encourage the Iranian people to push the mullah regime aside themselves, but observers believe that the policy is not yet firm, and that has created an opportunity for activists. Neoconservatives advocating regime change in Tehran through diplomatic pressure — and even covert action — appear to be winning the debate within the administration, several knowledgeable observers said."

It's also worth noting that the article echoes Jim Lobe's observation that Bill Kristol is "leading the charge" on Tehran. Michael Ledeen, of course, is not too far behind.