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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-29-06 02:39 PM
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Iran: "The End of Summer Diplomacy; Assessing US Military Options"
Edited on Fri Sep-29-06 02:42 PM by chill_wind
The End of the "Summer Diplomacy"
9-27-06

Assessing U.S. Military Options on Iran
Sam Gardiner, Colonel, USAF (RET.)

In a new report for The Century Foundation, Retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner warns that powerful voices in the Bush administration are making the case for air strikes aimed not only at setting back Irans nuclear program, but also at toppling the countrys government. He says that these officials are undeterred by the concerns of military leaders about whether such attacks would be effective.

link: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/14347

which links to 26 page pdf paper by Gardiner.
http://www.tcf.org/publications/internationalaffairs/ga...
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-29-06 03:08 PM
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1. Anybody read it yet?
"This report draws on my long experience of running military war games to examine some of the complications of the current situation: the various pressures and rationales for an attack on Iran; the probable direct and consequences of airstrikes; the significant gap between what the proponents of the military option want to achieve and what in fact such attacks will achieve; and the likelihood that policymakers will ignore those gaps and proceed to war despite them."
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-29-06 03:20 PM
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2. Why's it always Gardiner?
I've done my share of fearmongering on what would happen if we actually did this, but I am still waiting for an indication this is more than just a pressure campaign by the Bush admin.
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 01:38 AM
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4. How about the fact that I've talked to many soldiers
That tell me Iran is not an "if" but a "when". Some apparently have been told this in basic training. Only repeating what I've heard.
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 01:34 AM
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3. More at this thread (link)
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 01:39 AM
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5. Yeah that too
It wouldn't surprise me if GW doesn't find a reason to nuke North Korea too while he's at it. Gotta vanquish that "Axis of Evil", God told him so.
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