Middle East And The Issues

When you ask Middle East experts about United States policy in the region the conversation used to focus mainly on the Arab-Israeli peace process. These days, however, there is no peace process, and the U.S. has a huge inbox.

Foreign policy has not been a major focus of this election campaign, but whoever wins in November will face a very complicated world particularly in the Middle East.

Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies describes the Middle East security situation as a mess. At the top of this mess are Iran and its suspect nuclear program.

"Iran is, I think, the central predictable issue," Alterman says. "The problem is in the Middle East ...

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be a mushroom cloud," he says. "There will be a trickle of signs, and they will try to nurture that condition as long as they can. How do you respond to that? "

That's a question facing either a second-term President Obama or a Mitt Romney administration, says Iran expert Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

"At some point in the next four years," Sadjadpour says, "the United States may have to face a binary choice of whether to accept an Iranian nuclear weapons capability not necessarily an Iranian nuclear weapon but an Iranian nuclear weapons capability or to take military action to prevent that likelihood."

Both President Obama and candidate Romney say they won't accept a nuclear armed Iran, but Sadjadpour says voters are tired of wars in the Middle East and want more focus on the U.S. economy.

"I think a majority of Americans, whether Democrat or Republican, would like to see more of a focus on nation building at home, and they'd ...

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