> ... purge of the military ...
So what characterizes those purged, and their replacements?
The article doesn't say.
If this is a purge of legacy military for reasons of
religious zealotry, and replacement by religiously-correct
beard-brains in uniform, then it suggests a further
degrading of Iran's former military capabilities, rather
than preparations for a successful war.
The article also suggests that Iran is expecting direct
attacks on the nuke sites. My advocacy would be to
merely take down the power grids that run those sites.
This can be done with almost no collateral damage. We
can keep them down as long as necessary, and even expand
the outages to further instruct the mullahs.
The problem with that, is you gotta feed them while you wait, and wait, and wait, and wait...
In the past few weeks top regime figures, including Khamenehi and Ahmadinejad, have made a series of unscheduled visits to Mashhad, Irans second largest city. One curious fact revealed during these visits is that a bunker-like structure to house the supreme guide is being completed close to the holy shrine of Reza, the eighth imam. The complex could also house the top echelon of government, including the president, the Cabinet and members of the Islamic Majlis (Parliament).
The choice of Mashhad is not accidental. The city is located 1,000 km from Tehran and thus as far as possible inside Iran from American fire power in Iraq and the Gulf. The US is also expected to shrink from attacks against the Mashhad bunker for fear of collateral damage to the holy shrine of the imam a few hundred yards away.
I think we can reach out and touch somebody there. They might be right about the mosk thing though. In fact, that's a given. We are too afraid of Media opinion to hit good hard targets like mosk bunkers.