Skip to comments.Iranian Alert - July 3, 2006 - Commanders say U.S. strikes against Iran won't work
Posted on 07/02/2006 4:42:42 PM PDT by freedom44
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Senior United States military commanders have told the Bush administration that military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities would probably fail to destroy them, the New Yorker magazine reported on Sunday.
The senior commanders also warned that any attack could have "serious economic, political, and military consequences for the United States," the article says, citing unidentified U.S. military officials.
"The target array in Iran is huge, but it's amorphous," the magazine quotes one unidentified general as saying.
The article is by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, who was the first U.S. journalist to report on the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. Hersh writes that senior military planners at the U.S. Defense Department have also questioned whether military strikes could do sufficient damage to Iranian nuclear facilities to justify the political and diplomatic cost of such an action.
"If you're a military planner, you try to weigh options," a senior military official is quoted as saying. "What is the capability of the Iranian response, the likelihood of a punitive response like cutting off oil shipments? What would that cost us?"The official also says U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his aides "really think they can do this on the cheap, and they underestimate the capability of the adversary."
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That's very old news and was exposed as bunk perpetuated by traitorous have-beens. The mullahs and their puppets broadcast the same myths.
"That's very old news and was exposed as bunk perpetuated by traitorous have-beens"
I know it's old news but who exposed it as bunk? I'd like to know.
Hersh again. What more needs to be said?
If real military leaders feel this way, why would they tell this reporter? It would seem like this would be classified.
But what the hell . Nothing is classified any more
If Seymour Hersh wrote it you can figure it's half made up and the other half is his leftest opinion.
Seymor Hersch is trying to run the government again through lies and deception.
According to an earlier rash of anti-American, pro-Islamist opinion, that trash came from The New Yorker in January of 2005.
Well, since Seymour Hersh's security clearance clears him to view and discuss exactly JACK SQUAT about our military planning, this rubbish can be dismissed out of hand. We all know he's another thumb sucking liberal fabricating 'anonynous' sources in an effort to weaken the US response to islamic barbarity.
Vote for Seymour Hirshinsky for Commandant in Chief!
DoctorZin, the post for this thread is being presented as coming from your site. Is it?
U.S. Department of Defense
On the Web:
January 17, 2005
Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Lawrence DiRita on Latest Seymour Hersh Article
The Iranian regimes apparent nuclear ambitions and its demonstrated support for terrorist organizations is a global challenge that deserves much more serious treatment than Seymour Hersh provides in the New Yorker article titled The Coming Wars.
Mr. Hershs article is so riddled with errors of fundamental fact that the credibility of his entire piece is destroyed.
Mr. Hershs source(s) feed him with rumor, innuendo, and assertions about meetings that never happened, programs that do not exist, and statements by officials that were never made.
A sampling from this article alone includes:
The post-election meeting he describes between the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff did not happen.
The only civilians in the chain-of-command are the President and the Secretary of Defense, despite Mr. Hershs confident assertion that the chain of command now includes two Department policy officials. His assertion is outrageous, and constitutionally specious.
Arrangements Mr. Hersh alleges between Under Secretary Douglas Feith and Israel, government or non-government, do not exist. Here, Mr. Hersh is building on links created by the soft bigotry of some conspiracy theorists. This reflects poorly on Mr. Hersh and the New Yorker.
Mr. Hersh cannot even keep track of his own wanderings. At one point in his article, he makes the outlandish assertion that the military operations he describes are so secret that the operations are being kept secret even from U.S. military Combatant Commanders. Mr. Hersh later states, though, that the locus of this super-secret activity is at the U.S. Central Command headquarters, evidently without the knowledge of the commander if Mr. Hersh is to be believed.
By his own admission, Mr. Hersh evidently is working on an alternative history novel. He is well along in that work, given the high quality of alternative present that he has developed in several recent articles.
Mr. Hershs preference for single, anonymous, unofficial sources for his most fantastic claims makes it difficult to parse his discussion of Defense Department operations.
Finally, the views and policies Mr. Hersh ascribes to Secretary Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz, Under Secretary Feith, and other Department of Defense officials do not reflect their public or private comments or administration policy.
No it's not click on the picture of Hersh.
We can pound the same targets indefinitely. Take satellite images... then make the rubble bounce if necessary.
If these "commanders" are that clueless, we need to replace them with real warriors.
Get rid of all the Clinton Fruit officers!
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