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Bibi's Choice (Israel to Attack Iran with Land Based Missiles instead of Airstrike?)
Weekly Standard ^ | 07/13/2009 | Peter Berkowitz

Posted on 07/04/2009 1:00:27 PM PDT by GOPGuide

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The Jericho III is supposed to be for nuclear attacks but Israel could just change the nuclear warhead to deliver a conventional payload.


1 posted on 07/04/2009 1:00:29 PM PDT by GOPGuide
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before the PC police took over Hollywood, the common cowboy and Indians strategy was to shoot the Chief and the rest of the Indians would not fight.

Iran is controlled by a barbaric bunch of mullahs and one “Chief”, I believe that cowboy and Indian strategy is going to be the result.

2 posted on 07/04/2009 1:09:19 PM PDT by pennboricua
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I do think the Israeli Navy could launch a few missiles, as well, from the Gulf.
3 posted on 07/04/2009 1:09:23 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: GOPGuide; MeekOneGOP; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER; devolve; Ernest_at_the_Beach
Rat Boy I'm-a-genocide's head will blow up real good.
4 posted on 07/04/2009 1:13:04 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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“The Jericho III is supposed to be for nuclear attacks but Israel could just change the nuclear warhead to deliver a conventional payload.”

Why? think for a second the Iranian Whack Jobs would do that given the chance??


5 posted on 07/04/2009 1:13:18 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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So ya wait til the group of crazy chiefs get together and launch a whole bunch of tom cruise missiles at the lot.


6 posted on 07/04/2009 1:19:55 PM PDT by Joe Boucher
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I think with the smart GPS technology and one MOAB,
the problem is solved


7 posted on 07/04/2009 1:27:11 PM PDT by pennboricua
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Seventh. Obama orders the US to interdict and attack the Israeli aerial strike force. What would the US military do. What wold the US citizenry do?
8 posted on 07/04/2009 1:29:02 PM PDT by Truth29
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Israel knows that it cannot count on our Hussein for assistance. He will criticize any attack on Iran. And should Iran launch terror operations against the US, here or abroad, Hussein will excuse them as necessary/reasonable or God knows what, laying the blame squarely on Israel.


9 posted on 07/04/2009 1:29:30 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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Another strategic move by Israel would be to leave one warhead on a Jericho III missile, take out Qom and the Mullahs at the same time they take out the nuclear sites. That would be an excellent way to straighten out more than one problem in Iran....


11 posted on 07/04/2009 1:35:56 PM PDT by Bean Counter ( Shovel ready...)
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Israel doesn’t need Hussein’s assistance, nor does his criticism matter. The rest of the world has taken his measure and they see Jimmy Carter.

Israel will go strong. It’s going to be a coordinated attack with ballistic missiles and fighter/bombers and special ops. To reduce Iranian responses re: the Straits of Hormuz, they will also take out a significant chunk of Iran’s navy. Then they will hunker down and let Obama and others criticize them (while all in the West will be secretly thanking them).

The most pressing question is whether Obama will take action if Iran tries to block the Straits of Hormuz. He won’t want to, but he has no choice.


12 posted on 07/04/2009 1:36:34 PM PDT by neocon1984
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PING!!
13 posted on 07/04/2009 1:45:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. ~H.L. Mencken)
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“Iran is controlled by a barbaric bunch of mullahs and one “Chief”, I believe that cowboy and Indian strategy is going to be the result. “

Unfortunately, I don’t think Iran is reliant only on one or few madmen (like Nazi-Germany). The goal for nukes is widely shared among the ruling elite and also by the masses. The masses are probably not interested in nuking Israel, though, but they want the nukes nevertheless.

Anyway, this was one of the best articles I have read for a long time about Israel’s option and capabilities. Only thing missing was the submarine option (also posted on FR today).

The attack would probably start with fighter jets, ie initial strike with ~80 jets bypassing radar systems. Then, the surprise element is lost, and subsequent F15/F16 strikes would be much more dangerous. Instead, the second phase would involve ballistic conventional missiles (Jericho) and missiles from the submarine(s) on the Red Sea.

I’m not sure if commando operations are possible (sounds like a suicide mission).


14 posted on 07/04/2009 1:51:24 PM PDT by heiss
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One of the pictures I most remember out of the Gaza strip was when Israel decided that the best course of action was to target the leadership, there was some blind Sheik that they targeted in a wheelchair and all that the Palestinians could parade around was his head.

After that the leadership maintained a very low profile, what was demostrated the past week is that there really is not as much support for this regime as we are led to believe.

I still envision the Michael Corleone offense

“today I took care of all family business”
being the result.


15 posted on 07/04/2009 2:01:04 PM PDT by pennboricua
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It was just announced the other day that one of Israel’s submarines has been transferred from the Med to the Red Sea, which puts her in play for any ops against Iran.


16 posted on 07/04/2009 2:11:06 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell)
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I do think the Israeli Navy could launch a few missiles, as well, from the Gulf.

I think they took a sub through the Suez last week, just to show they could.

17 posted on 07/04/2009 2:17:58 PM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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I think with the smart GPS technology and one MOAB, the problem is solved

The MOAB requires a big airplane, not a good option.

18 posted on 07/04/2009 2:19:36 PM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: pennboricua

this is actually interesting approach (I’m sure Israel is also debating that).

Targeting Iranian leadership would be more complicated and led to more international condemnation (formal heads of state). On the other hand, recent events in Iran have shown that the leaders are not legitimate. They are also not popular among Iranian people. Mullahs are not even formal heads of the state.

So, I think that targeting the Supreme Leader Khamanei and the leaders of the IRGC and Basij would make a lot of sense. In fact, the first strike should target them. Israel can state the reasons that they are personally responsible of genocide attempt.
President Ahmadinejad is irrelevant and formal head of state so maybe better to leave him alive. His hate speeches and racist rants actually help Israel in international arena.

So I hope that Israel has extra 10 missiles reserved for Khamenei and other mullah leaders.


19 posted on 07/04/2009 2:40:23 PM PDT by heiss
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“Bibi’s Choice”

How about “All of the above, and p*ss on the rubble”?


20 posted on 07/04/2009 3:14:06 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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