Sunday, April 19, 2015

How Even the Bush Administration Backed Away from a War with IRAN

I found this article as part of the research I am doing for a new book - it confirms my prior blog entry about a war with IRAN costing as many lives in 5 minutes as Iraq did in over 10 YEARS.

But it is even worse than that.  Iran's Persian Gulf border is mountainous, giving them the high ground over the Gulf and its only exist, the Strait of Hormus.  Between its Excocet missiles (purchased from France) and Sunburn missiles (thank you Russia), Iran could riddle every ship we have in the Gulf and sink them - while blocking the reinforcement fleet from entering the Gulf.

Towards the end of the article it talks about the Bush administration suddenly backing away from talk of a military conflict with Iran. I quote in part:

"In May 2007, Fallon Nixes an Invasion of Iran
WASHINGTON – Admiral William Fallon, then President George W. Bush’s nominee to head the Central Command (CENTCOM), expressed strong opposition in February to an administration plan to increase the number of carrier strike groups in the Persian Gulf from two to three and vowed privately there would be no war against Iran as long as he was chief of CENTCOM, according to sources with access to his thinking.
Fallon’s resistance to the proposed deployment of a third aircraft carrier was followed by a shift in the Bush administration’s Iran policy in February and March away from increased military threats and toward diplomatic engagement with Iran. That shift, for which no credible explanation has been offered by administration officials, suggests that Fallon’s resistance to a crucial deployment was a major factor in the intra-administration struggle over policy toward Iran."

VERY interesting. Check it out.

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