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Bloviating Zeppelin: How To Deal With Iran; Disparate Training Manuals

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, December 15, 2006

How To Deal With Iran; Disparate Training Manuals

A confrontation between the US and Iran simply seems imminent to me, and appears to be only a matter of time before it occurs.

Iran, as you must all realize by now, is the Puppet Master pulling many if not all of the Islamist strings in the Middle East.




Blogfather Hugh Hewitt features a link on his blog which portrays information by historian Arthur Herman dealing with solutions to the Iran Issue. I read the article (Getting Serious About Iran: A Military Option) and was sufficiently impressed that I wish to portray a portion of the article here for your perusal and input:

The first step would be to make it clear that the United States will tolerate no action by any state that endangers the international flow of commerce in the Straits of Hormuz. Signaling our determination to back up this statement with force would be a deployment in the Gulf of Oman of minesweepers, a carrier strike group’s guided-missile destroyers, an Aegis-class cruiser, and anti-submarine assets, with the rest of the carrier group remaining in the Indian Ocean. The U.S. Navy could also deploy UAV’s (unmanned air vehicles) and submarines to keep watch above and below against any Iranian missile threat to our flotilla.

Our next step would be to declare a halt to all shipments of Iranian oil while guaranteeing the safety of tankers carrying non-Iranian oil and the platforms of other Gulf states. We would then guarantee this guarantee by launching a comprehensive air campaign aimed at destroying Iran’s air-defense system, its air-force bases and communications systems, and finally its missile sites along the Gulf coast. At that point the attack could move to include Iran’s nuclear facilities—not only the “hard” sites but also infrastructure like bridges and tunnels in order to prevent the shifting of critical materials from one to site to another.

Above all, the air attack would concentrate on Iran’s gasoline refineries. It is still insufficiently appreciated that Iran, a huge oil exporter, imports nearly 40 percent of its gasoline from foreign sources, including the Gulf states. With its refineries gone and its storage facilities destroyed, Iran’s cars, trucks, buses, planes, tanks, and other military hardware would run dry in a matter of weeks or even days. This alone would render impossible any major countermoves by the Iranian army. (For its part, the Iranian navy is aging and decrepit, and its biggest asset, three Russian-made Kilo-class submarines, should and could be destroyed before leaving port.)

The scenario would not end here. With the systematic reduction of Iran’s capacity to respond, an amphibious force of Marines and special-operations forces could seize key Iranian oil assets in the Gulf, the most important of which is a series of 100 offshore wells and platforms built on Iran’s continental shelf. North and South Pars offshore fields, which represent the future of Iran’s oil and natural-gas industry, could also be seized, while Kargh Island at the far western edge of the Persian Gulf, whose terminus pumps the oil from Iran’s most mature and copiously producing fields (Ahwaz, Marun, and Gachsaran, among others), could be rendered virtually useless. By the time the campaign was over, the United States military would be in a position to control the flow of Iranian oil at the flick of a switch.

An operational fantasy? Not in the least. The United States did all this once before, in the incident I have already alluded to. In 1986-88, as the Iran-Iraq war threatened to spill over into the Gulf and interrupt vital oil traffic, the United States Navy stepped in, organizing convoys and re-flagging ships to protect them against vengeful Iranian attacks. When the Iranians tried to seize the offensive, U.S. vessels sank one Iranian frigate, crippled another, and destroyed several patrol boats. Teams of SEALS also shelled and seized Iranian oil platforms. The entire operation, the largest naval engagement since World War II, not only secured the Gulf; it also compelled Iraq and Iran to wind down their almost decade-long war. Although we made mistakes, including most grievously the accidental shooting-down of a civilian Iranian airliner, killing everyone on board, the world economic order was saved—the most important international obligation the United States faced then and faces today.



Mr. Herman advocates clear, specific, ulilateral and immediate action.

Considering the information the Saudis have proffered regarding their take on defeating Iran should the US pull out of Iraq (see my post on this) -- should Herman's point become US policy regarding both Iran and Iraq?

My opinion?

This needs to fly and it needs to fly NOW. No one, no nation, possesses the inherent air and sea superiority that we possess now, despite our being down in count on Blue Water vessels as compared to the 80's.

Who depends on Iranian oil? Would it surprise you that this might be China?

The US in Chinese clutches?

How about China in US clutches?

And instead of the United States becoming REACTIVE -- just as GWB grasped -- how about the United States becoming PROACTIVE?

COMPARISON OF THE MANUALS:

The United States decided it was time to update their Counter-Insurgency Manual.

Go here.

Al Qaeda already has a training manual.

Go here.

As my college instructor once said: "Compare and contrast."

BZ

4 Comments:

Blogger The Best [ Ghostface ] said...

I have been saying it for years now that America will fight Iran, Syria, and all Muslim countries in the Middle East, and people on the internet were calling me crazy and paranoid. It makes me happy that I have gotten some vindication and have been proven right.

I said America will fight China and North Korea too, this will happen, and I feel the Chinese will win.
America will have a final racial war it will be a civil racial war thousands upon thousand will be killed. America will self destruct and after the nuclear wars there whole planet will become one international family like the European Union. People will be of mixed race and look mongrel like me, this is the best thing. It is so beautiful being mixed to the point that people can see in your features.

So now, that many people see that America and Iran and all Muslim countries are going to have a war, and they see that a show down between America and China is definitely going to happen. They still loathe too admit that I am right, when I say America is going to have a racial war. Racial group will segregate into certain parts of the country it will be whites vs non-whites it is going to murder, rapes, gang rapes, slaughter, torture, killing children, setting people on fire burning them alive, having sex with children, etc I know which side is going to win. Many whites will commit suicide because of what they see it will be ugly guaranteed. Muslims and the Chinese Army will defeat America and its allies.

Europe will explode into a racial war too, the whole planet is going too, it will be ugly. More than half of the world’s population will be dead. Now all of my critics they are being to agree with me and I am very satisfied because I am not crazy. I am just trying to warn people.

Sat Dec 16, 04:00:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Looks like I need to stock up on Life cereal. I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just not as etched-in-granite as you are. The race war thing? Unconvinced. I can feature political, religious and economic wars first.

BZ

Sat Dec 16, 08:52:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a heavy push on right now on a lot of fronts up here. Including the Mackenzie valley pipeline from Alaska. The race to reduce and/or eliminate dependency on foreign oil is definitely not imaginary, and all you have to do is visit to witness evidence of this. Confrontation on a lot of fronts will come, and no one can stop it.

Sat Dec 16, 09:10:00 PM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

Oh good grief! If I believed as the best (ghostface) does, I would just go ahead and slit my throat right now! I'm sorry, the best (ghosface), but you don't sound like you have the faith that I do. You sound like a doomsdayer. I'm not saying it won't happen, all I'm saying is you sound like you wish for it, just to prove you're right. I pray to God you're wrong. I hope to all that is holy that God is hearing me!

"Etched in granite" BZ? Yes... he certainly is. Maybe he can see the future. I'm not so prescient. I cannot see the future and don't even pretend to be able to. I do believe, however, that God is on our side. I'm a Reaganite. All the moonbats out there can crucify me for that if they want to, but I loved that man, and he had a real clue when he said: "If we ever forget we are a nation Under God, we will become a nation gone under." Reagan knew. Why doesn't everyone else?

Sat Dec 16, 11:12:00 PM PST  

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