Operation "Great Prophet," being touted to great profit.
The Iranians have been using their military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf to good PR effect. On Friday they announced the launch of a Fajr-3
which they claim can "avoid radar and hit several targets simultaneously using multiple warheads," according to the AP
. However, missilethreat.com
"Previous intelligence reports indicate that Iran has used the designation “Fajr-3” to reference one of its many artillery rockets, one with an estimated range of only 45 km (approximately 25 miles). If this Fajr-3 is in fact the 'ballistic missile' that the Revolutionary Guards test-fired, then Iran would seem to have attracted worldwide attention for a test of apparently little significance."
On Monday Iran claimed they had tested a super fast torpedo, a "super-modern flying boat" that, according to Gen Ali Fadavi, deputy head of the Revolutionary Guard, is designed to hit submarines and other ships as well. "Even if enemy warship sensors identify the missile, no warship can escape from this missile because of its high speed."
Today they tested another one. These tests ocurred in the Straits of Hormuz, which is a real red line for the U.S. Navy. The Navy may be saying they're not too much interested in what Iran is up to, but you know they've got every spy plane and satallite focued on the Arabian Sea.
This "new" Iranian missile or torpedo is supossedly a re-do of the Russian VA-111 Shkval
(Squall), which according to periscope.com
is "A high-speed supercavitating rocket-propelled torpedo designed to be a rapid-reaction defense against U.S. submarines undetected by sonar."
If this thing can really do what it says it can do, this might be a real big probelm for us if we decide to take the military option against Iran. How likely is that you ask? Another war for Israel?
Well, on Meet the Press
on Sunday John McCain
had some interesting things to say about using that option. Tim Russert
quoted McCain in the FT
"Everyone knows we’re not going to have two wars (at once). "I do not think [using force against suspected Iranian nuclear facilities] would be successful. There is no guarantee we would get all those facilities. If you have a strike and leave them with nuclear capability, you have got a hell of a challenge on your hands.’
Indeed, he told Russert, "I think we could have Armageddon."
But, "Put yourself in, in the position of the government of the state of Israel: a near neighbor who has announced his—their desire to put you out, into extinction, and they have the capability to do so. This is one—a very serious challenge."
Yes, a challenge to them, not us. This is all one in the same, though, isn't it? Not that we do the bidding of Israel or anything.
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt write in a report called the "Israel Lobby
The thrust of US policy in the region [the Middle Est] derives almost entirely from domestic politics, and especially the activities of the ‘Israel Lobby’. Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country – in this case, Israel – are essentially identical."
What rot! Just because a senior adviser to Bush, Philip Zelikow, who was the executive director of the the 9/11 commission said in 2002, said that the invasion of Iraq was mainly for the benefit of Israel, why would anyone believe this tot? Zelikow said
, "Why would Iraq attack America or use nuclear weapons against us? I'll tell you what I think the real threat (is) and actually has been since 1990 -- it's the threat against Israel.”
George W. Bush seems to agree when it comes to Iran He saidin Cleveland
on March 21st:
"The threat from Iran is, of course, their stated objective to destroy our strong ally Israel. That’s a threat, a serious threat. It’s a threat to world peace." Yes, the whole world is threatened.
"I made it clear, and I’ll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally Israel."
Because, that's what they're there for.
Whereas John McCain seems to find "Armageddon" in a war with Iran as a draw back, it appears to be a selling point for W..
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