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Matthew Duss (Foundation for Middle East Peace) and Ben Birnbaum (The New Republic)

On Foreign Entanglements, Matt and Ben discuss new indications that Israel will hold off on striking Iran. Matt brings up the important difference between preemption and prevention. They point out that a nuclear Iran would be subject to the dangers of accidents and mistakes. We shouldn’t grow too comfortable with the Cold War doctrine of mutually-assured destruction, they suggest, just because it happened to work for a few decades. What are the chances of Obama ordering a strike after the election? They close with Ben’s interview with Iraqi opposition leader Ayad Allawi.

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Recorded:Mar 29    Posted:Mar 31, 2012
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Foreign Entanglements | Mar 31, 2012 | Matthew Duss & Ben Birnbaum

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