Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 | 2 a.m.
In regard to Peter Goldmark’s recent column, “To bomb or not to bomb Iran,” in it he questions whether we should “bomb another country with which we aren’t at war and which is not preparing to attack us.” One potentially fruitful approach to persuade Iran to abandon development of nuclear weapons would be to demonstrate that we are ready, willing and able to do whatever is necessary to prevent this.
A surprise attack, intended to disable uranium-enrichment and related facilities, has presumably been planned. Carrier-launched aircraft could be over Iran within minutes after takeoff and reach their intended targets shortly thereafter. It seems highly probable that, even allowing for some losses, substantial damage to the program could be inflicted.
If convinced that such an attack would most likely be successful, the Iranians might see fit to suspend their program and permit inspection to confirm this.
One approach to such persuasion would be to publicize some specifics, including possible points of launch, number and type of aircraft and targets. Congress should specifically authorize the president to order such action, when and if deemed advisable.