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Unformatted text preview: an leaders, Obama stated, “The longterm consequences of a nucleararmed Iran are unacceptable.” 29 When signing into law a new round of sanctions against Iran in July 2010, Obama repeated, “There should be no doubt— the United States and the international community are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.” 30 Indeed, this has been a consistent stance throughout different U.S. administrations. In 2007, thenVice President Cheney said, “We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.” 31 In 2009, Secretary of State Clinton declared, “We are going to do everything we can to prevent you [Iran] from getting a nuclear weapon. Your pursuit is futile.” 32 Moreover, many see the acquisition of nuclear arms by Iran as a “game changer” because it would embolden Iran to become a regional hegemon. And yet many in the Middle East doubt that the United States will use its military force to stop Iran from gaining nuclear arms if sanctions fail. All the nations in the...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at Berkeley.
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