I do think this is an interesting OP
An whole generation lives on the Hollywood version of War and American Superpower status, and many who even though may serve and have gone to
Afghanistan and such like (on ships/navy) I feel have been lulled into an false sense of security.
There has not really been any serious naval battles since the Falklands war in the 1980's and Argentina is nothing compared to Iran...
With all the armchair Admirals here I think its best to re read what the Op source stated, an real deal American Patriot and Riper is well known for
his non political but strategic/doctrine strength...
Due to his concerns about the scripted nature of the new exercise,
Van Riper resigned his position in the midst of the war game.
If an man of such character and regard and rank does this I will listen to him, not screen names on an message board, and the fantasies of over active
Why did he resign and loose all he has invested in, worked hard at, isolate himself from peers, if he did not 100% believe the following was true:
Van Riper later expressed concern that the wargame's purpose had shifted to reinforce existing doctrine and notions of infallibility within the U.S.
military rather than serve as a learning experience.
Sounds very much like the Bank Bail outs?
He was quoted in the ZDF–New York Times documentary The Perfect War as saying that what he saw in MC02 echoed the same view promoted by the
Department of Defense under Robert McNamara
Maybe some servicing members can ask some older servicing members what reality was like under such leaders.. the hype against the truth.
This is my concern as said earlier, many who serve in the Navy will be rudely awoken by any Iranian action if naval, it will be an different kettle of
fish from Iraq or any other deployment, sinks will be sunk on both sides, young men suffer terrible burns and die....
I don't think the Iranian navy would last long, but with their shore sites, the confines of the gulf, suicide bombers, new soviet and (korean?)
technology they will certainly make an dent in any task force.
It only takes an $100 dollar mine to sink an carrier to no fancy weapons or stealth or lasers.
The Perfect War as saying that what he saw in MC02 echoed the same view promoted by the Department of Defense under Robert McNamara before
and during the Vietnam War, namely that the U.S. military could not and would not be defeated.
And this current warmonger turn Iran into glass philosophy is so reminiscent of the above.