Atomic Overreaction

The dangerously obsessive sway of worst-case fantasies about Iran

Atomic Overreaction: The Dangerously Obsessive Sway of Worst-Case Fantasies About Iran 1

Dave Plunkert for The Chronicle Review

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Dave Plunkert for The Chronicle Review

Alarmism about nuclear proliferation has become common coin in the foreign-policy establishment. Anxieties now are driven in large part by Iran's apparent intention to obtain nuclear weapons. Some politicians hint that military action might be needed to keep Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton insisted that Iran must be denied the bomb "at all costs"—without, of course, pausing to tally up what those costs might entail. Barack