Ratcheting down the rhetoric

Just as many prominent Israelis are walking away from calling Iran an "existential threat" ¿ because doing so portrays Israel as a weak state, lowers its public's morale and limits its options ¿ the United States needs to walk away from calling a nuclear Iran the greatest strategic threat the United States faces today. Such framing has ramifications for political, economic and military priorities as the United States faces greater challenges to its standing in the world: the global shift of power toward Asia, diminishing American economic clout, even the growing gap between the rich and poor and diminishing social mobility at home. A nuclear Iran poses challenges, but even if Iran ultimately develops nuclear weapons, they are manageable challenges.
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