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January 27, 2006

On Iran's 'Huge' Military Exercise

Topics: Iran

Iran has completed a huge military exercise that tested Teheran's ability to attack Western shipping and Arab oil facilities. Sources said the exercise was designed to test capabilities to strike U.S. and Arab targets throughout the area of the Persian Gulf. According to a diplomatic source, the exercise was meant to show the West that Iran could stop all oil shipments in the Gulf and destroy numerous oil facilities in Gulf Arab countries," and included a range of fighter-jets and helicopters from the Iranian Air Force, with the Iranian navy contributed surface vessels and submarines.

Now that sounds ominous and scary. But before we get too worked up over this news, we'd have to "pretend" that after U.S. and Israeli fighters, bombers, missiles, and naval forces finished preliminary attacks on the Iranian military assets with a little exercise of their own - the Iranian regime still had an air force and navy left to "stop all oil shipments in the Gulf and destroy numerous oil facilities in Gulf Arab countries" with.

About 72 hours of "shock and awe" ought to sober them up out of their pipe dream. However, my confidence in our military's ability to take out Iran's military doesn't mean that I don't believe there are any risks in attacking Iran. Even the experts seem to be divided on the merits. Meanwhile, even tiny Israel is warming up it's military arsenal. And surely, regardless of how any of us feel about it, the unimaginable but ultimately inescapable truth is that we are going to have to get ready for war with Iran.

Related: U.S., Israel to attack Iran nukes 'before April' - Pre-emptive strike all but inevitable, say military, intelligence sources.

Hat tip - In the Bullpen

Posted by Richard at January 27, 2006 8:58 AM

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