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Originally posted by jcarpenter
Originally posted by princeofpeace
A massive aerial assualt on Irans nuclear facilities and command and control centers. No regime change therefore no boots on ground (in that manner).
The only "boots" we should be taking about are the steel toed boots rammed up Washinton's #. How long are we going to continue to submit and pay taxes to an out-of-control criminal enterprise that is victimizing a significant portion of the freakin' globe?
Had enough of this BS yet?
Originally posted by NoRemorse762
There are some fundamental things that must be accomplished and recognized before we invade.
1. The Syrian "question" must be resolved and I doubt this will happen before the US election of 2012.
2. Russia, China, and even Pakistan have to be dealt with or at least we need verification that they will not intervene.
3. We did learn a lot from Iraq. We need to stay away from Iran's infrastructure. Cutting off Iraq's power, water, and general services from the civilian population was the match that lite the fuse for civil war.
4. Do not disband the military. We learned this in WWII in Europe and in Iraq in '03. We will need their military to control the population.
5. This will be kicked off by massive waves of Drone Strikes and Cruise missile strikes before we even send in the Stealth bombers and B 52's. Iran has a very advanced and sophisticated air defense network. We will not put troops on the ground in Iran unless we can provide CAS for the ground forces.
6. We will need a large build up of forces along the western border in northern Iraq. Maybe two armored divisions and a lot of Mechanized infantry with a solid logistical footprint on the Iraq side of the border. We have much of what the military needs in Kuwait already. We will be heading straight for Tehran.
7. We will not be crossing Iran from the East. ISAF forces in Afghanistan are already busy doing their jobs there. There is also not much strategic value to Eastern Iran. Allied forces in Afghanistan I think will just lock down the border between Iran and Afghanistan.
8. Large forces of MEU's will need to secure strategic port cities to open up supply lines for the invasion. The border between Iran and Pakistan in the South East must also be locked down.
9. SOCOM units will most likely link up with local indigenous and Kurds in the North West to close that border as well.
10. Destroying the Iranian way of life is not the goal. Removing the leadership and the Mullahs is the key. Dismantling the government may also be a bad idea. I don't think we should even give them democracy, maybe just put someone in power who we can play ball with. I am not saying that is right, but giving countries a choice of democracy tends to lead to civil war. Look at Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and even Syria right now.
11. We must not leave an occupational force. We neither have the money or the resources. This should be a regime change not a occupation.
It is a very hard decision to make. I think we should stay away, but if we do invade we must be honest with ourselves about what we want. We want a western friendly government that is stable that may or may not be democratic. South America is a good example. The US tends to support authoritarian democracies there. America likes countries that can exact control on their population, and those governments are then controlled by the US, effectively giving the US control of the country.
It's not pretty but I believe it is the most effective way to force regime change with minimal bloodshed of the local population.
Originally posted by DevilJonah
reply to post by NoRemorse762
Yes, but would China or Russia even allow another democratic country?
Originally posted by princeofpeace
Russia wants a divided muslim world between sunni and shia. They have to have someone to sell weapons too.