Sunday, April 09, 2006

Operation Magic Carpet Ride

Gasp! Shock!

Say what you will about President Bush's policies, but I think he is an excellent Commander-in-Chief. The best of two I've had so far, anyhow. I would be extremely disappointed to read a headline like, "U.S. isn't really considering strike options in Iran". That the Bush administration is indeed weighing its military options against Iran should be a relief to the American public. You know, the reasonable American public that likes it when their duly elected official do what we elected them to do.

Right after the sky-is-falling headline and the doom-and-gloom lead, you get a nice to-be-sure from reporters Baker, Linzer and Ricks:
No attack appears likely in the short term, and many specialists inside and outside the U.S. government harbor serious doubts about whether an armed response would be effective. But administration officials are preparing for it as a possible option and using the threat "to convince them this is more and more serious," as a senior official put it.
I remain convinced by the conflicts of the last 40 years that effectiveness of armed response depends almost solely with civilian leadership's ability and committment to using it. The United States military is indeed the most powerful and effective in the world, but is reined in by the Constitution and rightly so.

But I digress. I chuckle to myself at the ignorance on parade in the news media every day (particularly that of copy writers). I know they're more concerned with grabbing your attention than actually telling the truth, but you should know that the U.S. regularly studies military strike options for parts of the world that cause problems. They're called OPLANs. That way, we've got a framework for an operation when things get FUBAR. I wasn't even sure I could talk about them, but then I found them online, so it's OK. I need to get orders to the command that gets to choose the names for these things.

From the sound of this article, the plans are nothing more than what Clinton ordered following the African embassy bombings and the Cole bombing. "Surgical" strikes, killing janitors... There's no way Iran won't shift into full scale tomfoolery after we lob a couple Tomahawks at them. There better be a whole plan, not just half a plan. For those not familiar with geography, Iran is just east of Iraq and just west of Afghanistan and has the capability of closing down the Straits of Hormuz and has a dedicated and fanatical military and Revolutionary Guard. Half-assing a military action with Iran will not cut it; it's going to have to be all or nothing. Which essentially means years more of diplomacy or lack thereof.

The situation there may yet be defused, but until then, like a good Boy Scout, we need to be prepared.

Some excellent insight from smarter military minds than myself at The Officer's Club.

EDIT: Incidentally, I love the photo given in the WaPo story trying to make the Iranian patrol boats look big and bad. Compare and contrast:
Old and busted
New sweet hotness

3 Comments:

Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon bloody well said...

You're wrong - you spelled folloing wrong but you're right about everything else. :)

09 April, 2006 09:41  
Blogger Robosquirrel bloody well said...

Fixed! Huzzah!

Pedantic, yet appreciated.

09 April, 2006 10:31  
Blogger The Best [ Chance ] bloody well said...

To RoBo,


I wrote an essays 2 years saying that America will attack every muslim country in the middle east and after Iraq America will attack Iran and then syria. America is going to fight every muslim country in the middle east and China.


By Chance

09 April, 2006 13:40  

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