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Mocking 'The Art of War'
By Jim Kirwan

"Therefore I have heard of military operations that were clumsy but swift, but I have never seen one that was skillful and lasted a long time. It is never beneficial to a nation to have a military operation continue for a long time." - Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu also said: "To win without fighting is best" For the last two days I've been embroiled with a pretender to inside information, a "Dominick Perez," about the coming war on Iran and his prospective overview's of US strategic and military plans for the pending US invasion of Iran.
This writer claimed to be a veteran of some sixteen years in the US Air Force, but he has failed to give his name, rank, or serial number: Which tends to nullify any special expertise he might want to claim for his statements; quoted below. The slant here is obviously a fantasy that smells like Rumsfeld, but reads like Cheney. My comments are preceded by a small 'k.'
DP) "Any attack is likely to be on a massive multi-front scale but avoiding a
ground invasion. Attacks focused on WMD facilities would leave Iran too many retaliatory options, leave President Bush open to the charge of using too little force and leave the regime intact.
US bombers and long range missiles are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets in Iran in a few hours."
k) Translation: We're going to try and bomb Iran back to the stone-age, because we have no troops to spare and we're already overwhelmed in both Iraq and Afghanistan at the present time.
Overlooked in this rosy scenario is the new automated launching system that Iran has just completed that will automatically launch all it's defensive missiles whenever attacking planes or missiles cross into Iranian air-space. These missiles can reach Qatar, Kuwait, the Green Zone and Tel-Aviv, not to mention the US Aircraft Carriers in the Gulf, within minutes. Iran has its own satellite, and it is being further assisted by Russian intelligence-not-to-mention the newly formed Defense pact between the Russians, the Chinese and the three Stans that was created right after Bush stole the first election-simply to act as a check upon US military over-extensions, in the Middle-East.
Apparently the US War Department has chosen to ignore the recent Chinese demonstration of their capability to take out any satellite within minutes by using Chinese rockets from earth to the target of their choice in space: this could cripple the US military's use of GPS in combat, and thereby immediately alter the course of any US or Israeli invasion of Iran.
DP) "US ground, air and marine forces already in the Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan can devastate Iranian forces, the regime and the state at short notice."
k) This is laughable: Of course this assumes that the attacking planes can penetrate Iranian airspace and get to those targets. Bear in mind the Russians have recently revamped the Iranian Air Defense shield surrounding Tehran and other key targets inside that country. US troops "in the region" are overstressed, under-equipped and basically worn out now -and this "plan" is to send them against a 10 million man army fighting to protect their own lands and homes, but with real weapons not rocks and Molotov-cocktails.
Sun Tzu said (two-thousand years ago): "When power and resources are exhausted then the homeland is drained. The common people are deprived of seventy percent of their budget, while the government's expenses for equipment amount to sixty percent of its budget.
DP) "Some form of low level US and possibly UK military action as well as armed popular resistance appear underway inside the Iranian provinces or ethnic areas of the Azeri, Balujistan, Kurdistan and Khuzestan. Iran was unable to prevent sabotage of its offshore-to-shore crude oil pipelines in 2005."
k) The CIA has been working openly inside Iran for months now in an attempt to destabilize that nation; but people tend to come together when attacked from the outside - regardless of any internal political disappointments those people might have with their own government at the time. When the bombs begin to fall inside Iran; it may be US intelligence agents that will find themselves under attack, rather than the government of Iran - the same Iran -- that will be answering the attack upon their country with everything that nation can throw up against us.
Sabotage is no stranger to US forces inside Iraq - and has yet to be contained in over five years of warfare. And anyone might note, that it is because of the resistance that arose AFTER "Mission Accomplished" was
Declared, that the real resistance inside Iraq began to decimate the pretensions of the US military's claim to a "victory" in their conquest of Iraq.
DP) "Nuclear weapons are ready, but most unlikely, to be used by the US, the UK and Israel. The human, political and environmental effects would be
devastating, while their military value is limited.
Israel is determined to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons yet has the
conventional military capability only to wound Iran's WMD programmes."
Sun Tzu: Those who win every battle are not really skillful-those who render others' armies helpless, without fighting are best of all."
k) Israel has between 200 and 600 nukes. The US Nuclear arsenal is the world's largest, and yet these two belligerent bully nations (the US & Israel) are willing to provoke WWIII just to 'prevent Iran from hypothetically having the nuclear capability within the next ten years.' It should be noted that the US broke the nuclear non-proliferation agreements when we gave India highly secret nuclear technology - no questions were ever considered, much less raised.
Pakistan is a nation that has also sold nuclear technology, and has the bomb themselves. That country is about to lose its military dictator, and might just join that portion of the Muslim world that is intensely opposed to US colonialism in the Middle-East. No threats are being made there, because they already have the bomb: and they might retaliate.
'The Plan' I'm commenting on is nothing more than a far-flung Rambo-like fantasy-'rosy' to the point of pure folly. Iran sits astride the world's shipping lanes for oil. The Straits of Hormouz are very narrow and Iran is guarding them with the ferocity of over 200 Sunburn and Onyx missiles that can each carry nuclear warheads - any one of which his capable of eliminating an aircraft carrier with a single hit. According to recent reports these missiles travel between mach 2.0 and 2.8, and are undetectable by radar. What kind of military genius would be willing to risk the lives of so many of their own people-for a hypothetical that is still ten years off?
DP) "The attitude of the UK is uncertain, with the Brown government and public opinion opposed psychologically to more war, yet, were Brown to support an attack he would probably carry a vote in Parliament. The UK is adamant that Iran must not acquire the bomb."
k) The "word" of the United States is not taken seriously by any nation, any longer: thanks to the massive volume of lies, on which our current positions the world over have been based. Everybody knows we lie about everything we say we're doing - or claim to be representing - regardless of the theater of operations. Why should our 'official position on Iran be any different? It isn't! The Bush administration stole its way into power, then immediately attempted to attack and plunder their way to global empire. What the world has now witnessed is a failed military adventure that has lasted longer than WWII in a place about the size of California. We have expended unbelievable amounts of treasure and the blood of millions to accomplish this petty aim of the Decider and his backers-and yet he has still failed to accomplish anything he said we sought. Osama is still unaccounted for, Iraq is worse off now than it was under Saddam, we have tried to imprison everyone that disagrees with our policies or our methods. Along the way we've also destroyed every aspect of all that he said we were fighting to protect.
The constitution has been methodically shredded, human rights, have become a joke in the face of the sanctioned torture and spying that the government of the US not only condones-but seeks to escalate with every passing hour. The congress that was constitutionally created to protect the people from just such fantasies-have mostly sold their sworn oaths of office for promises of re-election from an unregistered foreign entity-AIPAC. And the courts have remained silent since the day that the Supreme Court broke the law and took the case of candidate George W. Bush all the way to stopping the vote count in Florida: and thus insuring that a false count would give the presidency to the imposter we remain saddled with today.
DP) "The US is not publicising the scale of these preparations to deter Iran,
tending to make confrontation more likely. The US retains the option of
avoiding war, but using its forces as part of an overall strategy of shaping
Iran's actions."
k) Far from being the terrifying declaration that Perez was aiming for -
when seen in light of some of the additional facts on the ground - it appears clearly once again - that things just simply are NOT what the Decider keeps trying to tell us that they are. . .
Sun Tzu, in his classical treatment said many things that tend to put these Bush-Wars into perspective. But clearly the operative watchword in waging all "wars" has to be: "To win without fighting is best!"
Background notes:
Sun Tzu http://www.artofwarplus.com/


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