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Iran's Shahab-3 missile being launched from an undisclosed location on Wednesday July 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Sepah News)
Iran's Shahab-3 missile being launched from an undisclosed location on Wednesday July 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Sepah News)

It's summertime and we want the livin' to be easy, but it's a tangle out there - on the economy and, potentially, on yet another warfront: war with Iran.

In recent weeks, the signals are hot - and all over the place. Israeli war games. Iranian missile tests. Blistering rhetoric and calls for cool.

U.S. and Israeli generals shuttling back and for the between Washington and Tel Aviv. Reporting that US special forces are already inside Iran.

That war could come before Bush leaves office. And today that a top US envoy will talk with Iran.

This hour On Point: red lines and real plans - we're weighing the talk of war with Iran.Guests:

Jonathan Karl, senior national security correspondent for ABC News.

Emily Landau, senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, where she is also director of the Arms Control and Regional Security Project.

James Dobbins, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND, he was the Clinton administration's special envoy for Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo and the George W. Bush administration's representative to the Afghan opposition in the wake of September 11, 2001.

Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and author of "Treacherous Allianice: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the U.S."

This program aired on July 16, 2008.

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