Is It Time to Go to War with Iran? Here Is What a Famous Yale Professor Might Have Said.

June 29, 2019 Topic: Security Region: Middle East Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: U.S. NavyOffshore BalancingIranNaval StrategyHegemony

Is It Time to Go to War with Iran? Here Is What a Famous Yale Professor Might Have Said.

As told by a famous professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

Strategy is the art and science of setting and enforcing priorities. The Pentagon has rightly designated great-power competition as its top priority. It would make little sense to commit heavy resources to offset a secondary worry such as Iran—especially if the opportunity costs were losing out in the Western Pacific, the Mediterranean, or elsewhere around the Eurasian periphery. Let’s keep things in perspective.

Sound about right, Professor Spykman?

James Holmes is J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the Naval War College and the author of A Brief Guide to Maritime Strategy, forthcoming this November. The views voiced here are his alone.

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