Argument: Iran's military cannot project force in Middle East
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Anthony Cordesman of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies said to the USA Today in 2007: "Iran represents 'a force that has to be taken seriously in the defense of its country, but it has very little capacity to project outside the country. Iran cannot seriously engage the U.S. for any length of time. In an asymmetric capacity perhaps, but not in conventional warfare."
- Missiles fly a long way.
- Boats can go a long way. Boats can carry nuclear weapons.