posted on Sep, 5 2007 @ 03:09 AM
I know that USA will most likely not attempt to invade Iran in the traditional sense and that US plans include only very limited use of ground troops
inside Iran. Mostly in the form of special operatives used as spotters.
But has anyone concidered the fact that key Iraqi locations like Basra Kirkuk or even Baghdad are within 100 miles of the Iraq-Iran Border. If USAF
and USN begin their 3-day-blitz operation and concetrate their power into decimating Iranian Command, Communications and Strategic assets, what will
stop the Iranian armoured brigades from crossing the border and moving into Iraqi cities and straight into the US camps that are designed against
insurgency not armoured attacks.
I assume that US Army has several mechanized groups near the border with orders to prevent any Iranian incursions across the border. But can they stop
an attack where heavy Iranian armor slams against them and faster mechanised infantry units manouver around them with basically order to sweep as far
west as they can and to destroy any soft coalition targets they encounter. Sure Iranian armored units that hit the US combat groups will be anhilated
and eventually the mech. infantry that blasted west will be destroyed, but at what cost to US troops. Specially if Iranians after their sweep dig in
to urban areas, thus preventing USA from using airsupport effectively?
This is all ofcourse based on the assumption that USAF will tie most of their tactical assets into hitting the high value targets. It only takes less
than 2 hours to get from Border to Baghdad with a BMP-2, there is no way that USAF planes will be able to fly their sorties to Iran, get back, refuel
and re-arm and get back to air within the window...