Lt. Gen. Victor Renuart, the director of planning for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has spoken out on Iran:
Military action against Iran would be fraught with risk and would have repercussions across the region, a leading American general conceded.
“Any action militarily is very complicated,” Lt Gen Victor Renuart, the director of planning for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The Daily Telegraph. “And any action by any country will have second-order effects, and that is a strong case to continue the diplomatic process and make it work.”
Gen. Renuart is the latest in a long line of national security experts and others warning of the dangers of a military strike on Iran, and emphasizing the importance of making diplomacy work. (Read the full list HERE.)
The Bush administration ignores this advice at the peril of U.S. national security. Just today, the respected Arms Control Association warned that if Iran and the U.S. continue to move “further away from the diplomatic solution both say they want, we may eventually see a military confrontation, a nuclear weapons-capable Iran, or both. If such perilous outcomes are to be averted, Washington and Tehran need to engage in direct talks aimed at a grand bargain that addresses each of their concerns.”