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President Bush told NPR yesterday he has no intention of attacking Iran. Yet while the United States is not engaged in armed conflict with Iran, sources confirm that we are at "war by other means," and that America’s allies in the Middle East are very supportive.   We hear from Middle East experts about rumored US plans for military action. (An extended version of this discussion was originally aired earlier today on To the Point.)

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky

Main Topic The Growing Standoff between the US and Iran over Iraq

President Bush told NPR yesterday he has no intention of attacking Iran. Yet while the United States is not engaged in armed conflict with Iran, sources confirm that we are at "war by other means," and that America's allies in the Middle East are very supportive.   Meantime, responding to the Bush Administration's promise of evidence of Iran's meddling in Iraq, by arming and training insurgents to destabilize the new government, Iranian and Iraqi officials say they have business together.  While nobody knows for sure whether the US is gearing up for war with Iran, it's certain that there's new concern beyond the issue of developing the capacity to make nuclear weapons.  We hear more about rumored US plans for military action against Iran from journalists and Middle East experts, including a former advisor to the Iraq Study Group. (An extended version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)

Guests:
Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor (@lrozen)
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council (@tparsi)
Phebe Marr, former advisor, Iraq Study Group
Joshua Muravchik, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

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