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View Diary: Battle Plan for Iran: The Khuzestan Gambit (90% of Iran's Oil) (246 comments)

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  •  Desert Storm saw six US carriers (none)
    participate. Six!

    It appears that today we have one in the Gulf. One! Okay it is the Ronald Reagan (heh!) but still that will not permit the massive crushing attack we accomplished as part of Desert Storm.

    •  Bill, how long does it take to get to the Gulf? (none)
      From the Mediterranean?  How long from the States?  Plus as I said, we could pound anything into the ground with B-52s and not have any carriers there!

      Plus we are only taking little old Khuzestan, remember, and bombing the nuke sites.

      We don't need 6 carriers to take a place that's only 100 miles wide and 150 miles long and has more oil than all of Iraq!  We only need the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Force.

      You do realize what a US carrier strike force contains and what it can do, don't you?  It can easily help the Arab rebels and Special Forces take Khuzestan and then more carrier groups are brought in to help patrol the coast.

      No Problemo!

      •  First we need to neutralize (none)
        the Iranian air force. And their large stash of conventional missiles. And for that we need total air superiority. One carrier isn't enough to launch an offensive air war against Iran and guard the tankers and bust the missile sites.

        = = =

        Four weeks without oil and its a global depression. Especially since Iran's missiles can hit Saudi terminals.

      •  One carrier cannot give air cover (none)
        to our minesweepers.

        But, tell me 75% of our operational minesweepers are rapidly steaming towards Hormuz and that's a factoid in your favor. Without the sweepers the oil cannot flow and without air cover AND several few thousand troops deployed around Hormuz we cannot secure our minesweepers.

        We are the greatest military power in human history but we do not have super-hero powers.

        •  All the Iranians would have to do is... (4.00)
          dump a few mines and a bunch of empty beer kegs (oops -- goatsmilk kegs?) into the Strait of Hormuz, and our naval operations would be brought to a standstill. Our countermine capabilities are not good, and Navy ships are too expensive to risk losing to a mine.

          "I'm having trouble with my boy." -- George H. W. Bush, 2004

          by Shiborg on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 08:03:57 PM PST

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      •  Sounds like a cakewalk! Will we be greeted as (4.00)
        liberators? Cool, that! And then the Iranian oil will pay for the whole undertaking? Schweet!

        Wetmachine for your daily dose of technoparanoia.

        by j sundman on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 07:44:22 PM PST

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        •  not to mention the fact (none)
          that all those hot iranian babes and boys will throw them selves into the loving arms of their merican saviors!!!

          snark

          life is not a dress rehearsal

          by johnfire on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 07:48:21 PM PST

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