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A critical component of any strategy, however, would be to make connections with the Green Movement. Today, there are many opportunities to connect with Iranian activists. Iran is a land of labor protests and political demonstrations. The challenge is to establish ties, overt or covert, with important trade unions and student organizations that already have a national network connected through social media outlets. Clerical dissidents of all sorts should be induced to condemn the moral shortcomings of the Islamist regime, while efforts should be intensified to provoke a stream of defections from Iran’s nuclear industry and diplomatic corps. An attempt to systematically hollow out the Islamist state should be one of Washington’s top priorities
The CIA would need to tread carefully lest it fall into traps inevitably laid by Tehran’s own security forces, but at this point, it would be extremely productive to establish contact with Iranian opposition groups in hope of finding out what the United States could do to help them
The possibility of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons leads some experts to suggest that such a development may be containable. They argue that a stable balance of deterrence can be achieved with Iran, akin to the nuclear equilibrium between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. I will argue that this is an erroneous proposition, as the levels of instability and risk involved in nuclear armament in the Middle East are incalculably higher. My view is based, among other considerations, on the working assumption that a nuclear Iran will lead to the development of a nuclear capability by other regional players, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey.