ATS at its best. Kudos to you Vagabond
I see the usual mix of responses here - reasoned thought, chest thumping patriotism and sheer fantasist replies and it makes for fascinating
People seem to forget the human element in all of this, and how realtively easy it is to take down some of the systems that the US deploys using more
Stick a three person team in a concealed position outside an airbase perimeter with - of all things - a simple mortar mounted on a truck flatbed. Drop
some shells on a runway and flight ops will HAVE to be suspended until the area is proven to be clear. The shelling doesn't have to be accurate.
Rinse and repeat those actions with hit and run tactics and suddenly troop deployment becomes a nightmare. The IRA used that tactic on numerous
occasions at Heathrow and Gatwick. Believe me, it works.
Equip that same team with two or three hand held SAMS and blow a C-5 or C-17 out of the sky on takeoff or landing. They don't even have to be NEAR to
the base - they can sit on the approach paths 2/3 miles away.
Clear out some nearer fields and deployments have to be re-routed, re-assembled and re-packaged. You can deny an enemy 50/60 miles of ground simply by
denying their deployment fields. Do it in a sustained manner across the region and suddenly moral drops and everyone wants to be on Diego Garcia. No
land offensive is going to be launched from there.
Show me a Phalanx or Vulcan or any system that can handle 15 supersonic sea skimming missiles heading for a carrier at the same time as other inbounds
are engaging the escorts. More than one or two are going to get through. Sink one or two carriers and thats upwards of 100 airframes, naval aviators
and several billion dollars worth of non-easily replaceable tech down the pan. Hows that for a bloody nose?
And whilst the USAF is the most advanced airforce in the world, I would agree that apart from Korea in the 50's, its never faced a determined
opposition that actually shot back at it. In fact in some
respects - if you permit me the use of an analogy - the USAF is the Luftwaffe sitting
on the other side of the channel just before the Battle Britain in this situation. It looks easy, but a determined adversary with a home-field
advantage is no pushover. The key word there is determined.
Then there's politics in this situation. The arab nations would condemn the Iranian Actions, but probably declare themselves neutral in the opening
phases, but one set of bombs missing a target and hitting a school/residential area/hospital and suddenly the picture changes. One scuttled tanker in
the middle of the Suez Canal and suddenly supplying the region by sea becomes a nightmare. Israels involvement in a conflict would not be tolerated by
its Arab neighbours and suddenly another front would open up.
See - its not as easy as it sounds for the US to pull this off - especially after the folly in Iraq and years of a middle eastern foreign policy that
has been single minded in its support for Isreal.