Sunday, December 20, 2009

Then What?

Last week, the Drugster continued his latest cry for US forces to bomb Iran, and its nuclear enrichment facilities – which on its face, considering that nearly the entire world is united against the friendless Iranian government, doesn’t seem so unreasonable.

That is, until we ask what Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney utterly failed to in the run-up to the Iraq War: “Then what”? Meaning that for the US to launch an arbitrary attack on Iran’s nuclear sites—provided Israel and its very hawkish PM Benjamin Netanyahu don’t beat us to it—there must be not only one follow-up plan, but several - as once an attack scenario began, it would be impossible to unring the bell.

Secondly, Iran’s military fortifications are far better hidden than was Iraq’s in 2002, making even a surgical-style, in-and-out hit difficult for US forces to pull off by remote (e.g. cruise missiles), plus almost certainly drive away Iran’s representatives from any bargaining table to reduce its nuclear arsenal.

So in essence, while it’s ridiculously easy for armchair hawks like Limbaugh to shout “Bomb Iran” (considering it’s not his fat ass in uniform), the actual execution and aftermath of such an attack would be anything but simple for the US – especially if Iran’s leadership were to then accuse Israel of co-sponsoring such an attack, and retaliate against it, risking the outbreak of a much larger regional Mideast conflict.

Not that kneejerk, bomb-em-all simpletons like Rush Limbaugh consider such possible outcomes before banging their war drums.

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