I certainly don't doubt that, they have chemical/biological weapons.Iran actually has considerable capability if need be. They still maintain large stocks of highly lethal mustard and nerve agents not to mention a full fledged biological warfare program!
Even if that Mullah AQ Khan did hand the blueprints of an implosion device personally, I doubt the Iranians have nuclear weapons. Actually creating working nuclear weapons requires a lot of know how, which I doubt the Iranians have, in addition to the lack of enriched uranium. They might be closer than they were say 10 years ago, but still nowhere near being a nuclear capable state.But besides all this, who is to say that A.Q. khan did not hand them the blue prints along with the triggers for a miniaturised warhead design???? It will be foolish and down right ridiculous for us ro assume that Iran is still non nuclear. After what they revealed ( hint hint...wink wink wink...) during last years standoff about A.Q. Khans 'nuclear walmart ' and its discount pricing!
Absolutely, but that is why I think America or Israel will not invade.Get real boys this is all bullshit rhetoric on both sides. In all honesty there is no doubt that the U.S. will prevail in a confrontation despite heavy casualties even if there are, but does it have the balls to hold Iran or for that matter the entire area from Iraq to Aghanistan??? Iranian ppl will unite in the face of illegal aggression just like they did when Reagan buffooned Saddam into Attacking Iran in 1980! They will rally behind these mullah's!
There are plenty of religious/ethnic/lingual struggles going on in Iran, America could turn Iran inside out without sending in a single soldier. Increase funding for student organisations, arm right wing nationalists, give a few AKs to Balochis, Turks and Arabestanis and you've got a failed state on your hands. America can do what it did in Afghanistan.Iran is a fairly united country with basically no sectarian/ ethnic issues like Iraq and Afghanistan, where we can pit one camel jockey against the other!
I think its more to do with the political situation in Iran. Invading now may as you say, unite the Iranians under the Mullahs, much like how Russians united under Stalin to fight off the Nazis.P.S. if Iran was such an easy pushover, than the chimp would have ordered an attack on Iran 2 years ago! The fact is that these buffoons in the White house don't have the guts to go all out. They know their limit. Iran is a huge country and controlling a 70 million population will require a minimum 300,000 man U.S. military force deployed for years and years something no one in the U.S. is willing to even ponder about! The same goes for North Korea.