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To: defenderSD

There is also a possible way to topple Iran's mullahs without a massive invasion. The USA has naval superiority in the Persian Gulf. The bulk of Iran's oil production consists of offshore platforms, which the navy can take at any time with impunity. Most of the rest of Iran's oil is found very near its' shores, and could also be taken, though just taking the platforms would bankrupt Iran in short order, while shedding very little blood. As long as the US kept the flows to China in place, China should play ball.


6 posted on 09/08/2006 12:08:50 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Free Iran! WARNING! Forbidden Cartoon: .. . *-O(( :-{>. . . .)
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To: SaxxonWoods
That's a good idea. The only problem is that it would take longer to complete the regime change by bankrupting Iran, and so the regime change might drag on into the election campaign of 2008 and possibly not even be completed by the end of Bush's term. But we may be able to try a two-phased approach where the first phase is to seize their oil assets while assisting democracy supporters in Iran, then if that doesn't work we would do a fast invasion against a weakend Iranian army. The Iranian army might be very low on key supplies and motor fuel at that point so a bankruptcy could make an invasion much easier.

Let's hope the Iranians come to their senses and agree to end their nuclear weapons program, and I still think that will probably happen in the end after long negotations and a lot of fierce rhetoric from both sides.

7 posted on 09/08/2006 12:22:05 PM PDT by defenderSD (The concept of national martyrdom, combined with nuclear weapons, is extremely dangerous.)
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