US needs 'credible' threat against Iran: experts

AFP
Feb. 1, 2012

The United States should deploy more warships to the Gulf, arm Israel and issue tough warnings to convince Iran it is serious about possible military action to stop Tehran's nuclear program, former US lawmakers and experts said Wednesday.

The bipartisan group criticized President Barack Obama's administration for downplaying the likelihood of US military action in public statements, saying it undercut efforts to pile pressure on Iran's leadership.

Diplomacy and sanctions designed to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions would only have a chance to succeed if backed up by more "visible, credible preparations for a military option," the bipartisan group said in a report.