More Than Just Enrichment: Iran's Strategic Aspirations and the Future of the Middle East, Hearing Before the Subcommitee on the Middle East and South Asia of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, June 5, 2008 [open pdf - 307KB]
From the opening statement of Gary L. Ackerman: "To face the challenge from Iran, we must start by learning and questioning, what are Iran's strategic aspirations? Who controls Iran's foreign policy? Are there schisms and weaknesses in Iran's political system that we can exploit? How do Iran's leaders see their country's place in the world, and what does that imply about our ability to affect its foreign policy choices? What is behind the rhetoric, especially the threats to Israel and the repellent Holocaust denials? Who controls the balance between ideology and real politics in Iranian security policy? The threat from Iran to our vital national security interests is real. It is real, but I am absolutely convinced that it is manageable. When compared to the United States, Iran is merely a pest. Our economy, our resources, our military, our alliances, our hard and soft power all vastly outstrip Iran not by just a little but by orders of magnitude. But, most of all, what Iran is selling, the rule of clerics, the straitjacket of Islamic law, and an unblemished history of failed governance, violence, and corruption, is an option desired by no people I have ever encountered." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ray Takeyh, Judith Yaphe, Jon B. Alterman, Michael T. McCaul, and Gary L. Ackerman.
Serial No. 110-184
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