during question time at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy policy forum luncheon
“How to Build US-Israeli Coordination on Preventing an Iranian Nuclear Breakout,”
the director of research at the pro-Israel think tank hinted that a Pearl Harbor-type attack might be necessary
to get the United States to go to war against the Islamic Republic.
“I frankly think that crisis initiation is really tough,” said Patrick Clawson,
who also heads the Washington Institute’s Iran Security Initiative,
in response to a question about what would happen if negotiations with Tehran fail.
“And it’s very hard for me to see how the United States … uh … President can get us to war with Iran.”