Zbigniav Brzezinski, former national security advisor to President Carter, charged the Bush administration with attempting to hype the situation regarding Iran as a pretext to getting Americans frightened enough to sanction violence against Iran. “If we escalate the tensions,” he said, “if we succumb to hysteria, if we start making threats, we are likely to stampede into a war which would be a disaster” and might embroil America in fighting that would last ten or twenty years. He argued as of present, there is no concrete evidence Iran has or is making an atomic bomb. “We have suspicions,” said the former security advisor, but we lack facts.
Bush and Cheney worked the hysteria ploy in 2003 and got America to support a war against Saddam Hussein for weapons that did not exist. There are no atomic weapons in Iran– there eventually might be such weapons, but it is a probability, not a certainty. War should only be undertaken when a nation is certain regarding what it regards as threats to its national security, not on the basis of suspicions.