- strengthening America's "declaratory policy" to use force;
- escalating disruptive covert operations and intelligence;
- bolstering Washington's Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman presence by deploying another carrier battle group, conducting regional military exercises with allies, and pre-positioning supplies for possible aggression;
- building the military capabilities of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and UAE;
- "quarantin(ing)" Iran if other measures fail; it's diplomatic language for blockading, constituting an act of war under international law; and
- as a last resort, launching "an effective surgical strike against Iran's nuclear program."
BPC recommends several weeks of air attacks against key military and nuclear targets combined with Special Forces on the ground, saying:
"A military strike would delay Iran's acquisition of nuclear capability but not eliminate it."
"Still policymakers need to consider whether delaying Iran's program in the short term would allow Washington to take advantage of that space to stop Iran's nuclear program altogether."
"It is also possible that the delays and increased costs that a devastating strike would impose on Iran's nuclear program might be followed by a different set of dynamics that would cause or compel the Iranian leadership to change course."
More likely, it would encourage an Iranian nuclear weapons program to deter future attacks. America strikes soft targets. Nuclear armed ones can retaliate.
Former Senator Charles Robb said BPC tried to prepare a "reasoned, thoughtful approach," not a "bombs away" one. The above recommendations suggest otherwise.
A Final Comment
Previous articles discussed America's media war on Iran, notably by The New York Times in print. On January 31, Mondoweiss headlined, " 'NYT' gives Israelis its magazine to make an attack on Iran normal," saying:
Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth analyst Ronen Bergman headlined, "Will Israel Attack Iran?" saying: