February 21, 2007
The BBC announced
that the U.S. has a plan to attack Iran and they know the details. No shit, so do I. Anybody with a brain knows we have a plan, and that it would be negligence if our military did not have a plan.
The BBC seems overly concerned with this little bit too:
US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country's military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.
It is understood that any such attack - if ordered - would target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centres.
Well, duh. One of the arguments against attacking Iran's nuclear research sites is that they might retaliate against our ships in the Gulf, and threaten shipping. Therefore, it makes sense that any attack plan address that threat too, by targeting "air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centres."
Calm down Beeb.
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Funny, Annika, I had the same reaction: DUH! No shit, Sherlock.
The BBC is even worse than PBS, so I guess that I shouldn't be surprised.
Posted by: blu at February 21, 2007 06:51 PM (wv4pD)
Alternative headline: "Bush Admin has No Plan for Iran"
You can't parody these people.
Posted by: MarkD at February 22, 2007 01:51 PM (5vbH6)
I half-recall a story (probably from the 1970s) in which the US downscaled its military preparation. Rather than having the ability to fight 2 1/2 wars at once, the US changed its strategy and only anticipated that it would have to fight 1 1/2 wars at once. The People's Republic of China, who always wanted the US to be strong to counter the Soviet threat, asked us why we were weakening our posture. We replied that the other war plans were for China.
Posted by: Ontario Emperor at February 22, 2007 05:47 PM (GT9eg)
No plan will be good unless it involves wiping out the Islamic ruling council.
Posted by: kyle8 at February 22, 2007 07:25 PM (z86sf)
The Kennedy administration had a 2.5 major war standard that the Nixon administration changed to 1.5. Both of these standards had little connection to actual employment and development of forces except against the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact.
The Clinton administration adopted a 2 MRC (changed in the 97 QDR to MTW - major theater of war) force sizing construct in 1993 since the previous Bush administration had generally abandoned a specific number of wars approach. The current administration refined the Clinton administration force sizing construct to 1-4-2-1 (two major wars, win decisively only in one) in the 2001 QDR and now to a 1-1-1 approach in the 2006 QDR (one major war and one irregular campaign such as GWOT or two major conventional operations).
Stand by as the next administration, regardless of political party, will repudiate most of the current administration's security strategies..
As for the BBC, you don't think it was by accident information got leaked to them, do you?
Posted by: Col Steve at February 23, 2007 08:03 AM (pj2h7)
Posted by: annika at February 23, 2007 10:17 AM (IvNRH)
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