Mearsheimer and Zakheim Discuss "Why Iran Should Get the Bomb"
U.S. and Israeli officials have declared that a nuclear-armed Iran is a uniquely terrifying prospect, even an existential threat. In fact, by creating a more durable balance of military power in the Middle East, a nuclear Iran would yield more stability, not less.
Iran's IAEA ambassador Soltanieh attends the IAEA board of governors meeting. (Herwig Prammer / Courtesy Reuters)
John J. Mearsheimer, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, and Dov S. Zakheim, a former Pentagon official who is now a senior advisor to the Center for Naval Analyses, sit down with PBS' Judy Woodruff. They discuss "Why Iran Should Get the Bomb," a recent Foreign Affairs article by Kenneth N. Waltz, who is a senior research scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. Mearsheimer agrees with Waltz's basic point that a nuclear-armed Iran would bring stability to the Middle East. Zakheim says it would trigger an arms race.