Fancy a Surprise Holiday in Teheran?

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  1. skunk macrumors G4

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1279825,00.html
    Just in time for the election?
     
  2. mischief macrumors 68030

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    And a perfect excuse to delay them. Start a War... claim it's impossible to have continuity with an uncertain Cabinet... Forgo the election until "after the storm has passed"....
     
  3. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    It's also impossible if half the electorate is overseas...
     
  4. brap macrumors 68000

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    That's it, I'm moving to f**king Switzerland.
     
  5. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    You must be f**king desperate! :D
     
  6. brap macrumors 68000

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    Sun, snow, skiing, beer and an army riding bicycles. Awesome!
     
  7. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    While holding pen-knives... :p
     
  8. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    Well, I have to ask...HOW?

    Beyond Diplomatic avenues (sanctions, incentives etc), which this Administration eschews anyway, how and by what means would the US be able to take any meaningful military action?

    Iran is a much more populous and sophisticated society, which for a direct invasion would need far above the troop deployment currectly used in Iraq.

    The exact numbers needed are not important, however...where would the US find any sizable number of troops at this point? We could cobble some together from S. Korea and around Europe, but I doubt they would amount to much numerically...and they must be trained and equipped for ME deployment.

    A draft is not a political option, and frankly I am not sure Congress would fund another "adventure" at this point...even if Bush secured some funding, he would most likely be reduced to a bombing campaign of some sort, which would be ineffective and incendiary (no pun) to any US interests...

    So again, how could this happen? I don't see it...(oh, BTW, an invasion of Iran is bound to mount considerable casaulties for our side, especially if our forces are cobbled-together, which would quickly erode domestic political support imo...)
     
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    You've forgotten cheese, chocolate, and kick-@$$ watches.

    I don't think that the US could afford yet another war..
     
  10. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    Easy: hand Iraqi security over to the Azerbaijanis, sub-contract the Uzbeks to invade Syria simultaneously, and while the world is looking toward Damascus, Rumsfeld will PERSONALLY lead US forces into Teheran to accept the unconditional surrender of Iran. In a month. Or less.
     
  11. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    the administration is well advised to not force such a confrontation. rather, a pissing-their-pants, frightened public would have to demand it. some kind of nuclear "episode" may be enough to get that started...
     
  12. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    zim, still seems like a logistical impossibility at this point, hysterically-fearful public or not...

    (BTW, I enjoyed your fine city over the weekend...sorry I did not have the time to grab a drink w/ you...perhaps next time I visit (and after my visit, therewill be a next time...) :) )
     
  13. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    ot

    excellent! glad you had good time
     
  14. diamond geezer macrumors regular

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    They don't use the bikes anymore. But on the bright side, every adult male is given an assault rifle.

    Good news for all you yank gun-nuts.
     
  15. takao macrumors 68040

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    an assault rifle your aren't allowed to keep loaded outside of a shooting range which is _controlled_
    and it's not every adult man ..you know that would not be responsible ;)
     

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