Started by Libertarian, August 02, 2012, 12:30:55 AM
Quote from: Dapplin on September 25, 2012, 10:51:25 AMAn extended military strikes by the U.S. alone or in concert with Israel could destroy or severely damage the six most important nuclear facilities in Iran. An Israeli attack, would delay the operation by two years, while more sophisticated U.S. capabilities would take it out for up to four years. To prevent the Iranians from restarting, the U.S. would need to conduct a significantly expanded air and sea war over a prolonged period of time, likely several years.If the goal is regime change, it would probably require the use of ground forces to occupy Iran. That would mean a commitment of resources and personnel greater than what the U.S. has expended over the last 10 years in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.Whatever course is chosen, most Intel experts conclude an attack on Iran would ensure retaliation. They anticipate efforts to close the Strait of Hormuz for days or weeks, with global economic implications, and asymmetrical attacks using surrogates such as Hezbollah on U.S. facilities in the region and beyond. Conceivably, it could set off a regional war, as the "spin" would be seen as an attack on Islam and not specifically that of a rogue nation.Finally, I agree with many of the posts which have concluded strong nationalism, combined with a high degree of fanaticism. However, regardless of the risks involved, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does not recognize Israel as a sovereign state and has vowed that Israel "will disappear." The Answer: crippling economic sanctions, credible threat of military action, and a policy of internal regime change can prevent Iran from actually developing a nuclear weapon or having a nuclear weapons capability; operating together, they can make actual military action unnecessary by either Jerusalem or Washington.On the current trajectory, without U.S. or Israeli military action or regime change from within, Iran will likely obtain nuclear weapons. It will be emboldened, as will its terrorist proxies. A cascade of proliferation in one of the world's most unstable regions will likely follow. U.S. interests will be severely undermined.
Quote from: kramarat on August 05, 2012, 10:23:47 PMIf Obama loses, I suspect that his next gig, will be at the UN. I expect that the US will be denounced on a regular basis.
Quote from: mdgiles on September 26, 2012, 04:39:51 AMAt which point we should take our money and go home - after we kick the UN to the curb, of course!
Quote from: kramarat on September 26, 2012, 05:09:27 AMOf course. Since we fund most of the criminal enterprise we call the UN, we should have pulled out a long time ago.