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Originally posted by Tasketo
Why does the US have the be the country that attacks if Iran tries to make nukes? Why cant NATO for once do something. NATO shouldnt even exist, there is no Soviet Union anymore.
Originally posted by futuretense
as many as 20 are buried deep in underground fortifications of which only "tactic nuclear" weapons can destroy.
Originally posted by Derek Trance
And on a personal note, It's probably not going to happen. Iran will push push push, Possibly get sanctioned, everyone screams as Irans economy drops and the US's gas prices increase. Oil competetors fill the gaps and/or start changing technology away from oil and the world moves on.
Originally posted by benevolent tyrant[/I] If the United States and Iran enter into a shooting conflict, I am certain that the US would not want it to be one fought on the ground. This would strictly be an air war where critical Iranian command and control targets are destroyed . . specialized production facilities, missile sites and research facilities would be targeted.
I have no doubt that the U.S. has kept their "war game" files up to date, especially where it concerns Iran.
What does concern me is the time period during what could be a lengthy war as well as the post war recovery period. Remember, in the fog of war, anything and everything is possible. What is almost certain is, in a shooting war, oil supplies will be disrupted. I can foresee Iran spearheading a boycott of the United States by some of the OPEC members which would cause the break up of this energy cartel. Saudi Arabia would side with the US, whereas Venezuela would eagerly join such a boycott.
We have seen the mere suggestion of oil disruptions have caused wild fluctuations in the price per barrel. One whose end cannot be accurately predicted . . prices will sky rocket . . we would face absurdly high prices at the local Esso or Shell gas station -- if you can actually buy gasoline.
There will be a mad scramble for alternate energy sources. Pollution controls will be dropped, rationing will be in effect. Essential services will be the priority and the U.S. population will, only slightly, begin to understand what war is like in terms of historical eras like WWI and II. Economically, business and transportation will be devastated.
Osama Bin Laden isn't the only one who [knows] how to "hurt" America. Iran knows it can greatly effect of the pulse of the economy too. And if it means bringing the industrial world to it's knees and, in effect, turning off the lights, they will do it. This all could happen.