File - In this photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, a worker stands at the entrance of the reactor of Bushehr nuclear power plant, outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. (AP Photo/IIPA,Ebrahim Norouzi)
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What war with Iran would really meanWhen making up their minds about the nuclear deal with Iran, people are properly focused on its details. The current sanctions regime against Iran is almost unprecedented in that all the world's major powers, and Iran's neighbors, support it.If other countries believe that Iran made a reasonable offer that the United States turned down, they are unlikely to continue to support a tight sanctions regime. If, however, the sanctions can be maintained, Iran will be in trouble.Would continued sanctions halt the nuclear program? Iran has expanded its nuclear program under sanctions for the last two decades.The United States would effectively have to go to war with Iran, destroying its air defenses, then attacking its facilities in dozens – perhaps hundreds – of sorties.Its nuclear program would be devastated, but Iran would begin to rebuild it. Even under the current sanctions regime, Iran makes tens of billions of dollars in oil revenues, more than enough to afford to rebuild its facilities.
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