WP: U.S. steps up war plans for Iran – washingtonpost.com Highlights – MSNBC.com: “The Bush administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to pressure Tehran to abandon its alleged nuclear development program, according to U.S. officials and independent analysts.
No attack appears likely in the short term, and many specialists inside and outside the U.S. government harbor serious doubts about whether an armed response would be effective. But administration officials are preparing for it as a possible option and using the threat ‘to convince them this is more and more serious,’ as a senior official put it.”

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