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Clarke: More Reasons to Invade Iran Than Iraq

It would have made more sense to invade Iran than Iraq, says a former U.S. counterterrorism adviser who has already accused the Bush administration of being soft on terrorism and wasting resources by attacking Iraq. Richard Clarke, a former adviser to three U.S. presidents and four administrations, said mere possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) did not justify invading a country. This was the U.S. government’s stated grounds for the Iraq war. “If you take the case of Iran, its nuclear program is far more advanced than Iraq’s was,” Clarke told the Austrian daily Der Standard in an interview translated into German. “There would have been far more grounds to invade there (Iran).” The United States believes Iran’s nuclear program is a front for developing atomic weapons. Tehran denies this, saying its atomic ambitions are limited to generating electricity. Full Story

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