Re: Iran says if, US strikes Syria they will attack Israel. What now? ignore?
posted at 8/27/2013 4:54 PM EDT
In response to A_Concerned_Citizen's comment:
In response to tvoter's comment:
The most common reason for defeat in any battle is underestimating your opponent.
Iran has been upgrading it's anti aircraft capabilities and Iraq and Turkey have refused to allow the US to use their airspace. which means we stand a greater risk of losing planes and pilots in any air assault that has only a slight chance of truly affecting their nuke program anyway.
So, if we shoot a few missles and send a few bombs into syria we are risking hezbullah raining rockets into Israel, and Israels heavy handed response causing more destabilization in the region.
Playing devils advocate; syria has been slaughtering civilians by the thousands with conventional weapons but, they gas a few hundred and now all the sudden they must be punished?
I don't get that; not that they are killing civilians but, how they are killing civilians IS the problem??
It seems a lose lose to me at this point.
What you are missing is the way the US conducts an air campaign.
It is not a launch of missles at random targets.
The first wave of munitions goes for the C&C and communications targets rendering their defenses blind and unable to coordinate a meaningful response.
The next wave of missles targets the AA batteries and other military sites, crippling their defensive as well as offensive capabilities.
Then the US would send in unmanned drones to assess the damage, find and destroy targets that may have been missed and get real time intel on the effects.
Then, and only then would any manned sorties be conducted for close air support or bombing runs as necessary.
And not only do we have the infamous cruise missle, B-1 bombers and other fast movers carry smart bombs capable of being delivered from as far away as 30 miles, well beyond any AA range.
That would be a bombing campaign of several days and that does nt seem to be what Washington has planned. But, we will see.
What you described seems to me to be more of a libyan type campaign and very expensive and would be better done by a coalition and not unilaterally by the US since Russia and China are dead set against us doing anything but, again we will see.
The Russians stated that we were "acting like a money with a hand grenade"; not very complimentary.