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Former CIA Chief: Inaction on Iran More Dangerous Than Action
Iran tests a short-range Nasr missile on the last day of naval war games near the Strait of Hormuz, January 2, 2012. (EBRAHIM NOROOZI/AFP/Getty Images)
January 10, 2012
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In exclusive interview with LIGNET.com, former CIA Director Michael Hayden weighs the seriousness of recent threats from Iran and discusses how the Iranian situation could affect the global oil market.

“There’s probably less here than meets the eye when it comes to the actual capacities that the Iranians are claiming,” said General Hayden on the likelihood that Iran will make good on recent threats such as closing the Strait of Hormuz. But he said recent statements by Iranian leaders are both revealing and dangerous in that they reflect considerable stress on the regime from its growing isolation and internal power struggles.

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