Source: CBS News
On “CBS This Morning,” Joseph Cirincione, a nuclear policy expert, State Department adviser and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, said that it is uncertain whether an Israeli strike involving at least 100 aircraft would fail to stop Iran’s nuclear program.
“This would be a very large and complicated and uncertain adventure,” Cirincione told Charlie Rose. “They’d have to dodge a pretty stout Iran air defense network, and if they did hit the targets, as they probably could, it’s uncertain whether they would do enough damage to actually do much more than delay the program for a year or so.”
Cirincione seconded comments made by Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, that an Israeli strike would be destabilizing.
“It wouldn’t be a quick end to this crisis; it would be the beginning of either a larger war or a long-scale, large-scale containment effort to try to stop Iran from what they would undoubtedly do, which would be race to build a bomb.
“And during this you would see oil prices which are already spiking probably go through the roof. Experts warn that oil could hit $200 a barrel – some even think $300 a barrel. That would have repercussions on an already fragile global economy.”
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