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Second thoughts on bombing Iran

The idea of bombing Iran's nuclear sites has new life, thanks to Sarah Palin and other conservatives who see it as a way President Obama not only could safeguard Israel but serve his presidency. But one early advocate of bombing Iran, neoconservative Joshua Muravchik (in photo) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, told The Eagle editorial board last week that "the game has really changed since June" because of Iran's disputed presidential election and that there's now a "real chance" for a regime change favoring democracy. He would like to see the Obama administration be more clear in offering moral support to the dissidents, and suggests the United States could provide a communications satellite to circumvent the Iranian government's interference with cell phones. Muravchik, in town to address the Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations, also expressed frustration over how Ahmed Chalabi, once the darling of U.S. neoconservatives, has succeeded in having dozens of Sunni candidates barred from Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Iraq on questionable grounds that they are Saddam loyalists. "I'm grinding my teeth," Muravchik said, "because we're so close to having pulled victory from the jaws of defeat" in Iraq.

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