Posted on January 10, 2012 in Campaign Statements
Iran poses a strategic challenge to the United States. In Iraq, Iran has worked to subvert progress toward stable, democratic rule and is responsible for the deaths of numerous American soldiers there. Iran has dealt ruthlessly with its citizens who have called for reform and continues to destabilize the Middle East through its support for Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations. Iran poses a significant threat to Israel and continues to develop its nuclear capabilities in defiance of the international community.
Middle East peace and stability will not be realized unless there is a fundamental change to the trajectory of Iran’s rise. A nuclear-armed Iran poses unacceptable risks to American interests. Robust sanctions, diplomatic pressure, and military deterrence must be continued in the near-term. However, the status quo must not be sustained over a longer period of time, lest the Iranian regime develop nuclear weapons capabilities as the international community stands by. The United States must work in partnership with serious members of the international community to ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons.