Originally posted by The Vagabond
I'm calling the DEA- you are obviously on crack if you think that the US is going to intentionally massacre civilians in a nation as outmatched as
Iran. Such an act would DEMAND internatonal intervention, and the Chinese would have a blank check to move any amount of their own airpower, pilots,
and airdefenses that they wanted into Iran.
Actually, if Iran were to launch an attack on U.S. forces in Iraq, I think the American public would demand blood. Now, I am not talking about an
insurgent type of attack, but rather a plain view of the Iranian military taking action. The war in Iraq doesn’t have such images; all we (the
public) see are people in civilian garb that could be very well defending their home, or they could be a terrorist. The American public chooses to
believe the former (not a bad thing, just in our nature to give the benefit of doubt). Vietnam and Iraq have the same thing in common; disapproval of
the American public. Why? It’s hard to put a face on the enemy when we are not so naïve to stereotype everyone.
I think it is also safe to assume that if Iran were to take out 20,000 troops, the gloves would come off and you would see a rather large mobilization
of U.S. forces from around the world. Our economy would then become a “war time economy” which we have not seen since WW2. Fuel and other
materials that have potential to be short in supply would be rationed, which would spur entrepreneurs to meet energy as well as other demands with
America’s deteriorated Industrial base would be revitalized as it would be called upon to craft the much need tools of war, trade deficits would
shrink as we would ship less of what we need to foreign nations for use here at home. Finally, the ranks of our military would swell much in the same
manner they did after 9/11.
This is just a brief summary of what would happen. I won’t play arm chair general, but I can tell you this is a war that we would indeed win. The
losses have the potential to be very high, something not seen since Vietnam. But after the war comes to a conclusion, here is the America that would
1. Debt Free
2. Less reliant on foreign oil
3. Renewed Industrial Base
4. Economy stronger due to diversity (currently service based)
5. Stronger ties with Allies
6. Larger, more powerful Military
7. World’s first Hyper Power
This is just what I can think of in the 10 minutes I had free. I'll be back later and check on this topic.
[edit on 8-7-2008 by crisko]