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To: edpc
In each instance, Hezbollah (and therefore Iran) was involved. It was decided it did not serve our national interests to become deeply committed or involved. No serious consequences followed and only emboldened Iran to reach further and become more of a threat.

Of course there was this little problem called "The Soviet Union" back then.

20 posted on 03/11/2012 11:04:17 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator
Not really. The USSR was dying as fast as their Soviet Premiers were in the 1980s. They were just really good at concealing it.

It had already been demonstrated in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East, the Soviet equipment and doctrine of battle was outclassed when confronted in committed fighting. Desert Storm, in 1991, was simply the clincher.

The horizon was changing to the asymmetrical. Fighting the last war is always a problem, though. Like I said before......hindsight.

21 posted on 03/11/2012 11:16:42 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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