February 15th, 2012
07:35 PM ET

Broadwell: military strike on Iran "doesn't make sense"

As Iran broadcasts images of the country's leadership reviewing the first Iranian-made nuclear fuel rods–key components for any nation intent on creating a nuclear weapon. The question remains: what options does the U.S. have to keep Iran from getting the bomb? On CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront, former military intelligence officer Paula Broadwell said a military strike "doesn't make sense" since "we don't have the funds and resources...nor, I think, the political will."

Polls show 58% of Americans would consider military options to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons, but Broadwell says many Americans may not be considering the likely fallout from an attack–including the Iranian response. Broadwell says Iran may choose to attack–directly or through other groups–"soft targets" outside the U.S., including embassies and American troops stationed overseas.

Filed under: National Security
February 15th, 2012
03:56 PM ET

Jamal Simmons: It will be 'bedlam in the Republican Party' if Romney fails to win Michigan

It was supposed to be one state Mitt Romney didn't have to worry about: Michigan. After all, Romney grew up here, and his father was an auto executive and governor.

But the script has changed, with Romney's hold on Michigan–and the GOP nomination–under assault from a resurgent Rick Santorum. "It is going to be bedlam in the Republican Party if he can't win Michigan," Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons said on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront.

James Muffet, president of Citizens for Traditional Values, a Michigan-based group of social conservatives, told The Washington Post "it's going to be a slugfest here. We didn't think we'd matter, and now we're at the eye of the storm."

Filed under: Politics