posted on Nov, 6 2006 @ 01:02 AM
I'm not one to root for either side in a conflict, but I gotta say, the Iranians can handle rubber boats, warthogs, snipers and apache helicopters.
Sending helicopters into Iran would be like releasing a fly into a terrarium filled with chameleons - that country is madly in love with
surface-to-air missle technology.
It remains to be seen if they have an answer for high-altitude bombardment, but in the end it doesn't really matter, because you can't win a war
with air-dropped munitions.
The best we could hope to accomplish, without putting men on the ground, would be the partial destruction of their known military sites.
One of the things I'm very interested to see is how their electronic warfare matches up. From what I've read, we don't even understand how their
tech is working to overcome ours, and that's a recipe for disaster on our end.
All that said, modernization, to me at least, does not mean a couple of helicopters, a jeep with a recoilless rifle, and a handful of guys dancing
across the desert. Modernization, for the Iranians, means defeating electronic counter-measures to take full advantage of the cost-effectiveness of
using a surface-to-air missle to knock down a very expensive fighter jet, not to mention maintaining total awareness of what's going on out on the
battlefield, to facilitate tactical decisions.
Sorry, it's late, there's a full moon out, and I've got cigars - I'm in full-tilt armchair general mode.