It was a protest chant heard across the nation during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. And it echoes into the current age. But actually going to war with Iran may yield some unintended consequences.
With the current talk about “red lines” and promises that “all options are on the table,” this is a critical time to examine what a war with Iran might involve. Many proponents for military action seem to believe that a few well-placed bombs will thwart that country’s nuclear ambitions, and achieving the stated objectives will be relatively quick, cheap, and easy. For example, Matthew Kroenig’s Foreign Affairs article in 2012 argues that all the other options are more expensive and risky, and that conflict escalation is manageable. 1 He is not alone in professing this school of thought.