If you're looking for a strategic mind game of the first order, with real world implications to boggle the biggest brainiac, here it is: Iran and the nuclear weapons. Iran denies and denies and moves forward. Last week it broke the locks on uranium processing facilities — and broke even the backs of European patience.
An Iranian bomb would shadow the world's biggest oil fields; Israel, which its leaders denounce; and any place that terror can reach. But Russia sells Iran nuclear technology, China buys its oil, Europe wants a special friend, and the U.S. is stretched to the limit in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hear about the tick, tick, tick of Iran's nuclear advance.
Mark Hibbs, Editor for Nucleonics Week (A Platt's Publication).;
Gary Sick, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and Acting Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Professor Sick served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan.;
Guive Mirfendereski, columnist and news analyst, former professor of International Law at Fletcher School of Diplomacy and Brandeis University. He is also author of "A Diplomatic History of the Caspian Sea.";
Kenneth Pollack, Director of Research at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy, author of "The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America," and former official in the National Security Council and the CIA.
This program aired on January 18, 2006.