Lieberman Clarity

Joe Lieberman makes the excellent point that the way to confront the Mullahs with reality is to destroy their forces that covertly kill ours.

“I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,” Lieberman said.

“And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers.”

…”By some estimates, they have killed as many as 200 American soldiers,” he said. “Well, we can tell them we want them to stop that.

But if there’s any hope of the Iranians living according to the international rule of law and stopping, for instance, their nuclear weapons development, we can’t just talk to them.

Here’s how the Mullahs go about murdering Americans (my ellipsis)

The January 20 attack (on) the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center by the Iranian backed Qazali Network, which resulted in the kidnapping and murder of five U.S. soldiers, has long been known to be a Iranian planned and sponsored strike.

Aviation Week and Space Technology reported in the June 4 edition…

“U.S. reconnaissance spacecraft have spotted a training center in Iran that duplicates the layout of the governor’s compound in Karbala, Iraq, that was attacked in January by a specialized unit that killed American and Iraqi soldiers,” Michael Mecham reported in the…the magazine.

This article points out that the US has done an excellent job killing and capturing the Iraq-based commanders of this attack. But the Iranians are untouched.

That can be fixed with a Linebacker II-style bombing campaign that targets every complicit Revolutionary Guard facility.

Linebacker II destroyed all military targets in North Vietnam in just 12 days, and with modern weapons and its forces in Iraq and the Gulf the US can eliminate this small number of targets in much less time.

That might just make the Mullahs face reality.

And if it doesn’t, it provides a great training exercise for taking down their nuke program!

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3 Responses to Lieberman Clarity

  1. stevereenie says:

    I just saw Liberman on Fox being interviewed by Hannity. I was impressed with his temperate approach to the question of the “War on Terror.” This is a guy that is going to endorse a Republican candidate in 2008 (I’m going to bet). Any way you slice it, I think he is done as far as the Democrats are concerned (and Move On). The only purpose that he serves them right now is his caucus vote keeping them in power. I believe that Joe would go over to the Republicans if he thought it would be possible for him to do so in a state like Connecticut.

    Iran is a tough question, but I come down on the side that we must deal with them on the terms they are dealing with us. I sure think we could and should teach them a lesson. That would put Syria on certain notice as well. I’d like to get in Syria anyway to see what weaponry they have from Saddam.

    Another point that is bothering me about the War on Terror is these Mullahs. I don’t think we can win this thing in the long run until we take them out. All of them. If that is too politically sensitive, then we have lost already. They have a pool of 1 billion people. If we don’t cut the head of the viper off it will strike hard. ……… Next Stop Lauderdale

  2. Bill K. says:

    200 Americans killed by Iran? It is more like 2000! About 2/3s of our men killed in Iraq die from road side bombs. Iran supplies either the devices directly, their components like shaped charges or the know how to build them. Of course Lieberman is correct about striking at Iran.

    Operation Linebacker ll is one of my favorite topics because I participated in it, albeit in a relatively minor role as an AT on the carrier Ranger, because it was a very successful bombing campaign, undoubtly serving as a model for later campaigns in Desert Storm, and it brought North Vietnam to its knees. I distinctly remember the North Vietnamese had the crap scared out of them.

    This is another link that describes Linebacker ll. Notice that near the end of the article some Air Force offiicers were dismayed that the bombing was stopped after only 11 days. If it was continued longer they thought that the North would have had to accept a military defeat. Nixon, inadvertently, almost won the war!

    http://www.afa.org/magazine/nov1997/1197lineback.asp

    You are right that a Linebacker ll is exactly what is needed to deal with Iran but it needs to go on longer than 11 days and target more than the Revolutionary Guards. In fact the Islamic state of Iran needs to be collapsed and as stevereenie indicates, the mullahs have got to go.

  3. gandalf says:

    Bill K, stevereenie

    Bill, thanks for the link.

    I agree that insurgencies survive on support from an outside force – a good example is the Brit SOE feeding the various European Resistance movements during WW2.

    Without external support, the locals eventually get ground down – as happened in Poland.

    I think it’s bizarre the US hasn’t learned the N Vietnam lesson and taken down the Iranian support, given that it has ample assets to do that.

    And the Iraqi forces are perfectly capable of doing the grinding. The left won’t like it because Iraqis will be much rougher than US troops, but that’s the logic of draw-down!

    In summary, an Iraq in which the US interdicts Iran and provides close air support to to the Iraqi Army is a very sensible goal – the only gating factor is the Iraqi readiness.

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