Iran: Reality, Options, and Consequences. Part 3--Regional and Global Consequences of U.S. Military Action in Iran, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, November 14, 2007   [open pdf - 14MB]

From the opening statement of John F. Tierney: "Today is the third hearing in a series that the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs has undertaken to examine U.S. foreign policy toward Iran. In our first hearing, we heard experts describe the current conditions, the make-up, and the complexity of Iranian society, including the largely positive public opinion there toward the United States. In our second hearing, we heard insider accounts from former senior diplomats and intelligence officials about missed negotiating opportunities with the Iranians over the past few years. Today, we are extremely fortunate to have before us a group of top military, diplomatic and intelligence experts who will provide the subcommittee with what the public and the Congress have needed for quite some time, an unvarnished discussion of what could happen should this administration, before exhausting all diplomatic avenues, act to commit American forces in war against Iran. [...] We heard at our second hearing the positive efforts Iran played in helping to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan. We have also heard repeatedly about Iran's involvement with the Shi'a militia groups in Iran. If the United States attacks Iran, how will Iran and its allies retaliate? And what impact will this have on the safety of our troops and the future stability of both Iraq and Afghanistan? [...] I ask the simple question: have we learned any lessons? If nothing else, I hope we have learned the importance of having our eyes wide open as we contemplate the possible paths forward, especially when one of those paths has such pervasive consequences as war. That is what our hearing today is all about." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Tierney, Ilan Berman, Samuel B. Gardiner, Paul Pillar, Paul K. Van Riper, and Lawrence B. Wilkerson.

Report Number:
Serial No. 110-182
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Printing Office, Congressional Hearings: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/index.html
Media Type:
Help with citations