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originally posted by: missed_gear
originally posted by: Ohanka
By projection of power. Iran's only ability to effectively operate in other countries is to support various groups. They have no ability to invade militarily and Iran would be hard pressed to logistically support any such incursions.
I doubt the US would occupy Iran; most likely the scenario would be very similar to Gulf War 1. The military gutted.
Openly, the citizenry MUST seem to support the regime; if not they face multiple consequences. Once the regime is brought down to its knees the populace would arise.
Russia, I suppose, would see the money making side of this and help them to re-arm and re-build.