“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).
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.
Agree, this is one of the best articles I’ve read about Israel’s options and capabilities.
I’m not sure it outlined all the obvious consequences though. Does anyone doubt that, in event of a first strike, all the Israeli leaders would branded war criminals and hauled to Europe for trial? The only thing that would prevent this might be strong support from the US, but again, does anyone believe this would be forthcoming?
I hope I’m wrong, so somebody please tell me so.
Great point. Forgot about them subs moving through the Suez about a month ago. Haven't heard a "ping" from them since!