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We Can Attack Iran, Says US Commander
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-19-2007 | Alex Spillius

Posted on 10/19/2007 1:34:02 PM PDT by blam

We can attack Iran, says US commander

By Alex Spillius in Washington
Last Updated: 8:14pm BST 19/10/2007

America's top military officer said the country does have the resources to attack Iran, despite the strain of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Adm Michael Mullen, who took over as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff three weeks ago, said diplomacy remained the priority in dealing with Iran's suspected plans to develop a nuclear weapon and its support for anti-US insurgents in Iraq.

But at a press conference he said: "there is more than enough reserve to respond (militarily) if that, in fact, is what the national leadership wanted to do".

Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned that Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons could set off an arms race in the Middle East. "The risk of an accident or a miscalculation or of those weapons or materials falling into the hands of terrorists seem to me to be substantially increased," he added.

The two leaders appeared together just days after George W Bush raised the spectre of "World War Three" if Iran went nuclear.

Adm Mullen did not elaborate on what size of assault would be feasible, but earlier reports have said the Pentagon had laid out contingency plans for a major aerial campaign against suspected nuclear targets in Iran.

Given that there are approximately 180,000 US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the deployment of a significant ground force is improbable.

Early this year the US navy moved a second aircraft carrier with battleships into the Gulf, its biggest build up of military power there since the months leading to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, leading to speculation that it was prepared to launch air strikes at any time.

Adm Mullen also said the US military was working hard to stem the flow from Iran into Afghanistan of high-tech materials for roadside bombs. The military has said that parts from the armor-piercing bombs, which have killed hundreds of troops in Iraq, are now getting into Afghanistan.

Iran's foreign minister said yesterday that his country is ready to establish nuclear energy cooperation with other countries, based on the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to cooperate with other countries in the nuclear field with a peaceful purpose," said Manouchehr Mottaki during a visit to the western Afghan city of Herat for a conference.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: attack; commander; iran; us

1 posted on 10/19/2007 1:34:07 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

May as well do it now, since oil’s going to 100 whether we do or don’t.


2 posted on 10/19/2007 1:37:35 PM PDT by txhurl (Yes there were WMDs)
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To: blam

I suspect that the USAF has a bit of reserve capacity that is not being currently used.


3 posted on 10/19/2007 1:38:08 PM PDT by Paladin2 (We don't fix the problem, we fix the blame!)
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To: blam

One can attack a tank with a rock. Winning a decisive military victory is the real question. And with our current state of politically correct paralysis brought about by the likes of the ACLU, the Soros/moveon crowd, the complicit liberal media, and all the other usual suspects, it becomes a very relevant consideration. Our greatest enemies are right here at home.


4 posted on 10/19/2007 1:44:09 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: blam
America's top military officer said the country does have the resources to attack Iran, despite the strain of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The logistics are simplified some by the fact that Iran is conveniently located between the two countries in which the US is already engaged.

5 posted on 10/19/2007 1:46:18 PM PDT by Allegra (Greetings from a kinder, gentler Iraq. God bless US and Coalition Forces.)
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To: blam

We are supposed to be able to fight and win two wars at the same time. Of course we can destroy the illegal nuclear bomb factories of Iran.


6 posted on 10/19/2007 1:46:30 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: blam

May the bombs of 100000 B-52 sorties infest nutmenajob-land

7 posted on 10/19/2007 1:46:59 PM PDT by lormand
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To: blam
"Early this year the US navy moved a second aircraft carrier with battleships into the Gulf."

Who writes this crap anyway? We have no active duty Battleships period (As far as I know) two decommissioned ships have been left battle ready if the military feels they need them.

8 posted on 10/19/2007 1:55:43 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: Paladin2
"I suspect that the USAF has a bit of reserve capacity that is not being currently used."

I suspect the USAF has lots of reserve including Stealth bombers and fighter/bombers as well. ;-D

9 posted on 10/19/2007 1:58:55 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: Paladin2
"I suspect that the USAF has a bit of reserve capacity that is not being currently used."

I suspect the USAF has lots of reserve including Stealth bombers and fighter/bombers as well. ;-D

10 posted on 10/19/2007 1:59:27 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: All

Sorry for the double post, it should have read stealth Fighter/bombers as well.


11 posted on 10/19/2007 2:02:12 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: blam
When you care enough to send the very best...


12 posted on 10/19/2007 2:02:39 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: #1CTYankee
Yep, the Iowa class battleships that were recommissioned in the Reagan era have all been decommissioned again.
13 posted on 10/19/2007 2:03:37 PM PDT by colorado tanker (I'm unmoderated - just ask Bill O'Reilly)
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To: SpaceBar

All we have to do is take out the nuclear and bombmaking facilities and the ports used to import gasoline and other essential products, and maybe drop a few on the ruling elite’s and Qods Force’s palaces/barracks and supply depots.

The local Iranian freedom movement will take care of the overthrow of the regime.


14 posted on 10/19/2007 2:07:21 PM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: colorado tanker
"Yep, the Iowa class battleships that were recommissioned in the Reagan era have all been decommissioned again."

Thank you for the confirmation, looks like the reporters in England are as inept as those here.

15 posted on 10/19/2007 2:17:29 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: #1CTYankee
Isn't it amazing when a story you know something about gets into print how often the press get details wrong?

Last I heard the Missouri was anchored near the Arizona at Pearl and was open for tours.

16 posted on 10/19/2007 2:27:12 PM PDT by colorado tanker (I'm unmoderated - just ask Bill O'Reilly)
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To: cinives

I further suggest a repeat of PRAYING MANTIS. AND we tell the International Court of Justice to go pound sand - again.


17 posted on 10/19/2007 2:27:19 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: SpaceBar
One can attack a tank with a rock. Winning a decisive military victory is the real question.

We do not have the ground troops to occupy Iran. This does not mean that we cannot put their society in a pre-industrial state, as long as our intention is to just walk away afterward and make no attempt to help them rebuild

18 posted on 10/19/2007 2:32:48 PM PDT by PapaBear3625
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To: SpaceBar
Our greatest enemies are right here at home.

Exactly right (American's need to seriously think on this reality - Understand, going after our CinC, with ugly and heated rhetoric, over issues where there may be valid disagreements.....only helped both our foreign and more importantly domestic enemies).

19 posted on 10/19/2007 2:34:59 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: colorado tanker
"Isn't it amazing when a story you know something about gets into print how often the press get details wrong?

Last I heard the Missouri was anchored near the Arizona at Pearl and was open for tours.

It's something isn't it? makes one wonder how much of the written word is made up or fact.

Had some basic research been done it never would have gone to press with such a glaring error. What happened to an editor reviewing copy for errors anyway?

Foolish mistakes like this lends zero credibility to the entire article.

20 posted on 10/19/2007 2:36:15 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: colorado tanker
The Might Mo is in Pearl. The Iowa is at the reserve fleet in Suisun Bay. The New Jersey is in the Delaware River. The Wisconsin is in The Hampton Roads Naval Museum. The Iowa could be recommissioned on 6 month notice. The others have had large amounts of gear removed.
21 posted on 10/19/2007 2:36:24 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Do you want to be right or successful!)
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To: colorado tanker

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/ships/battleships/bb-list.asp


22 posted on 10/19/2007 2:39:36 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: RKV

Sounds good to me.


23 posted on 10/19/2007 2:42:08 PM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: blam

True. We have plenty of strategic capacity that hasn’t been used in years!


24 posted on 10/19/2007 2:56:36 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("All gave some, and some gave all!")
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To: blam

So why are we ending the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?


25 posted on 10/19/2007 3:05:12 PM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: mad_as_he$$

“The Iowa is at the reserve fleet in Suisun Bay”The Iowa could be recommissioned on 6 month notice. The others have had large amounts of gear removed”

From the last time I had a look at her, the Iowa would probably tke a bit more than 6 months to really be ready. Not to mention repairing the one turret that was out of commission even before Iowa was placed in reserve. Her decks are a MESS, among other things, as very little has been done in the way of maintenance while she’s been laid up at Suisun.


26 posted on 10/19/2007 3:32:11 PM PDT by Mr Inviso
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To: #1CTYankee; mad_as_he$$
It's pretty cool that the "bookends" of WWII are so close together at Pearl.

The Navy had planned to build five more battleships, the Montana Class, but canceled the order when it became apparent the aircraft carrier would be the capital ship of the war. One of them was to be a new Maine, which would have been nice symbolism, too.

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/usnshtp/bb/bb67.htm

27 posted on 10/19/2007 3:51:09 PM PDT by colorado tanker (I'm unmoderated - just ask Bill O'Reilly)
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To: PapaBear3625
"walk away afterward and make no attempt to help them rebuild"

Works for me. After all the death and destruction the mullahs have exported, it would seem fitting. Not our style though. Personally, I wish it was. We would take much less $h!+ from the rest of the world.
28 posted on 10/19/2007 4:09:35 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: Mr Inviso
Any re-actvation of the Iowa would not include the damaged turret. She served out her last session with that inoperable. I have been told it is sealed and welded shut, including all of the ammo handling equipment. You would be surprised how fast they could get her on line if they wanted to. There are four levels (I think) of ship storage (Jeff Head may know more on this) and the Iowa is kept at the 6 months recommission level (at least that’s what the guys in Stockton say. )hey are trying to get her as a museum).
29 posted on 10/19/2007 4:35:41 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Illegal Immigration, a Clear and Present Danger.)
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To: colorado tanker
My Son and I were on a tour of the USS Massachusetts as part of his cub scout pack, lucky for me we got to sleep over night /s. The beds were four high and made of stretched canvas tied with rope.Imagine yourself with 9 parents and 21 children trying to sleep in these quarters, needless to say lights out at 10:00 PM turned into 11:00+ as the kids were too excited to sleep. I had the privilege of being on the bunk three high with a tooter below. Needless to say I slept about 3 hours and was crippled the next day. (I broke my back in 2000)

My son loved the adventure so I guess it was worth it.

<Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucketp>

Here he is in front of the 16 inch turrets.

30 posted on 10/19/2007 6:05:26 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: mad_as_he$$
I’m not sure if the Iowa is the ship I read about but one of the ships had a damaged turret and was replaced with one from another decommissioned ship.

BTW, any idea why FR is gagging as it has been all day?

31 posted on 10/19/2007 6:14:09 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: #1CTYankee
According to wiki:

Aftermath The #2 Turret was trained forward with its own mechanism after the explosion and superficial repairs were conducted. All the related repair pieces are stored inside the turret, but the turret has never been completely repaired. Iowa deployed to Europe and the Mediterranean Sea in mid-year. Iowa decommissioned in Norfolk, 26 October 1990. Iowa, as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet, was berthed at the Naval Education and Training Center in Newport, from 24 September 1998 to 8 March 2001 when the ship began her journey, under tow, to California. The ship arrived in Suisun Bay near San Francisco on 21 April 2001 and is part of the Reserve Fleet there. Due to the damage in Turret 2, the Navy put New Jersey into the mothball fleet, even though the training mechanisms on New Jersey’s 16 inch guns had been welded down. The cost to fix New Jersey was considered less than the cost to fix Iowa; however, the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act of 1999 demanded that the Navy substitute Iowa for New Jersey; additionally, the Navy was to arrange for New Jersey’s donation for use as a museum ship. The Navy made the switch in January 1999, paving the way for Camden, New Jersey, to acquire USS New Jersey. Iowa was maintained in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act of 1996 until 2006, when the Secretary of the Navy struck Iowa and placed the ship on donation hold to allow transfer for use as a museum ship.

32 posted on 10/19/2007 6:28:28 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Illegal Immigration, a Clear and Present Danger.)
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To: RKV
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33 posted on 10/19/2007 6:30:34 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: mad_as_he$$
Okay I was close, the memory isn’t as good as when I was younger. ;-D
34 posted on 10/19/2007 6:37:05 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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