Naval War College Review


Iran’s policies,” secretary of state–designate Condoleezza Rice said during her January 2005 confirmation hearing, “are about 180 degrees antithetical to our own interests at this point.” Rice mentioned Iran’s nuclear pursuits as a specific area of concern. Arguably, trying to bomb Iran into a stance more in line with our own will not work, and Tehran has repeatedly refused to enter into direct public negotiations with Washington on this or other subjects. Iranian officials have traditionally said that they require a nuclear capacity because the country’s oil resources are finite.