We aren't going to war with Iran and there is no need to go to war with Iran
but if one did go to war with Iran don't they have about 40 major dams/reservoirs that make up an enormous percentage of Iran's electrical generation?
Blow all 40 of them on the same day (or same few days).
Stuart's math about how many divisions it takes to occupy Iran isn't entirely relevant if we just hose the place and leave them to starve.
As always the caveat that assumes that Iran is guilty of a first strike of proportions that start a way
Yes, but you arent going to do that. For the same reason you didnt bomb all the dykes to in Vietnam, again which was entirely in your power. You arent war criminals and Sociopaths. In short, you aren't the Iranian regime.
Yes, you could, in theory. You could also go full E5M and turn it into a glass bottomed parking lot. You aren't going to do that either. I dont much like Trump, but he isnt certifiable, which is the kind of mindset you would need to be to indulge in such games.
Thats the weakness in making these threats for Trump. The Iranians know you want jump the shark unless you are in a world war. They wont give you one that will warrant such treatment. Besides, Victory through airpower is very Douhet, but its never seemed to work yet.
Here is the rub. Even if you did all those things, It STILL probably would do nothing to stop the research project into atomic and radiological weapons. And on top of that, they still have a chemical weapon stockpile including that crowdpleaser, Novichok. Unless you occupy, and essentially do what we did postwar in Germany, demilitarize, all that is up for grabs. For any one of a hundred groups that would be happy to utilize it in a shopping mall near you soon.
We either take it and occupy it, and destroy the Iranian regime brick by brick. Or lets not bother, other than plinking boghammers. It worked for Reagan, it works for me too personally.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 29 May 2019 - 1016 AM.