Skip to comments.Blair convenes Cobra team as crisis in Iran escalates
Posted on 03/25/2007 5:17:55 AM PDT by Dog
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"Why were 15 British sailors sitting in dinghies?
How could they become surrounded by Iranian vessels?
Where was their mother ship and why would they allow the Iranians to leave with the sailors?"
Poor military planning.
Lack of cover and backup for boarding parties and their vessels.
Lack of existing standing orders REQUIRING the senior on-scene commander to protect his folks in whatever manner necessary.
Lack of a reaction plan to prevent enemy access to their port facilities after commiting this kind of aggression by destruction of those facilities if necessary.
Inexcusable lack of planning on the part of military leadership, especially since this exact same thing has happened before in the same waters.
I'd say that nails it square on...
Well, he goes on and on about chest thumping, yahoos and "having others fight the war" while he never gives any reason why we should not go after the Iranian regime. His is the policy of appeasement and weakness. You cannot negotiate or reason with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He will have to be addressed militarily and will probably have to be taken out.
What does Blair do?
Kiss Iranian arse?
Perhaps Blair should ask for a pair from the Iron Lady.
..... or a handful of well-place cruise missiles could torch a good portion of Iran's refining capacity, which would remind the Mullahs of how quickly and easily they can be returned to the 7th century. Iran's economy is already teetering, and they are desperate for more refining capacity (they have to import at least 40% of their refined petroleum products). Take out just 1 or 2 or 3 of Iran's 10 key refineries (and/or supporting pipelines) and they are immediately plunged into economic catastrophe...... major shortages and inflation, etc. The main danger (besides wimpy liberal "opinion" with much wailing and gnashing of teeth) is that it could swing the Iranian population toward a nationalist rallying cry with the loathsome Mullahocracy, which is currently immensely unpopular. Even Stalin was able to make himself a lot more popular (though the catastrophes for the USSR in summer 1941 were largely his fault) by using nationalism against the enemy.
Senior naval leadership involved in preparing or approving operational or contingency plans in that part of the world should have been "retired" by Saturday evening.
Just checked BBC and other British newspapers this evening for news on the kidnapping of these British sailors. It is absolutely amazing that you could read these papers and never know that this has happened unless you go to read some fine print. It seems that the British are so turned off on the war that they could care less about these servicemen. The Telegram one of the more conservative newspapers did have a story but even there they mentioned that never again should their nation be involved in trying to bring democracy to a part of the world that is not going to accept same and warned about any efforts to do the same for Iran.
Thought that readers on this website should know what is going on in the land of our chief ally. I personally believe that most of the rhetoric supporting this war came from Tony Blair not the US. If anything, GWB was bamboozled into to the attack on Saddam by the high flying idealism of Blair and now that ally is going to disappear from the scene within months leaving the US holding the bag.
"Just checked BBC and other British newspapers this evening for news on the kidnapping of these British sailors. It is absolutely amazing that you could read these papers and never know that this has happened unless you go to read some fine print. It seems that the British are so turned off on the war that they could care less about these servicemen."
A good leftist would call this supporting the troops. At least they are not burning them in effigy.
Don't dare question their patriotism.
These people (Rosie and her ilk) are nuts. The other thing that I find hard to understand is how Rosie, a failed, has-been comedienne, can somehow consider herself an expert on foreign policy. And to make it even more frightening, she apparently has an audience that believes her...
You'd never know this crisis was going on at all if you read the US press; the only place I'm seeing anything about it is here on FR, where people are gleaning little scraps from various sources.
As for Blair, I doubt that he talked GWB into anything with regard to Iraq. But whether he did or not, I honestly don't think the US would indulge in such idealistic plans again: no more attempting to conquer a country without any civilian damage, no more attempting to bring the blessings of democracy before the conquered citizens have a nice long period under martial law until they settle down, etc. And no more foggy ideas about Islam as a "religion of peace."
Don't confuse yourself. Bombing Iran would not be Iraq Part 2. It would be a merciless air campaign. Not a boot on the ground would ever be needed after we got through with them via sea and sky.
Roger that. It's "Tales of the Arabian Knights" over there. Always has been.
That would send a "message" as the political imbeciles are wont to repeatedly say.