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The generals' belated awakening
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Quote:The generals' belated awakening

It is beginning to dawn on the Israelis that when it comes to Iran's nuclear program, the Jewish state stands alone.

Something is changing in Israel's military brass' assessment of the Iranian nuclear threat. Evidence is growing that members of the IDF General Staff and the Mossad are beginning to realize that the US doesn't share Israel's goal of preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Last week, for instance, Michael Makovsky, head of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America, (JINSA) a Washington-based group that cultivates ties between Israeli and US generals, published an article in the [i]New York Post[/i] in which he described their rude awakening.

Makovsky wrote, "Recent meetings with senior defense officials from our closest Middle East ally, Israel, were the most pessimistic I can recall. They perceive America as checked out, adrift, pusillanimous, unfeared and desperate to avoid military confrontation, and Iran as emboldened and nearing the nuclear weapons threshold."


The Israelis will probably attack the Iranian nuclear sites. They should also take out the Quds Force, and several other Revolutionary Guard units so the Iranian people can finish the job.
The true purpose of democracy is not to select the best leaders — a clearly debatable obligation — but to facilitate the prompt and peaceful removal of obviously bad ones. 
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(12-13-2021, 11:25 AM)Canuknucklehead Wrote: The Israelis will probably attack the Iranian nuclear sites. They should also take out the Quds Force, and several other Revolutionary Guard units so the Iranian people can finish the job.

I'm not aware of just how much discontent and animus is currently within Iran at this time.
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(12-13-2021, 11:25 AM)Canuknucklehead Wrote:
Quote:The generals' belated awakening

It is beginning to dawn on the Israelis that when it comes to Iran's nuclear program, the Jewish state stands alone.

Something is changing in Israel's military brass' assessment of the Iranian nuclear threat. Evidence is growing that members of the IDF General Staff and the Mossad are beginning to realize that the US doesn't share Israel's goal of preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Last week, for instance, Michael Makovsky, head of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America, (JINSA) a Washington-based group that cultivates ties between Israeli and US generals, published an article in the [i]New York Post[/i] in which he described their rude awakening.

Makovsky wrote, "Recent meetings with senior defense officials from our closest Middle East ally, Israel, were the most pessimistic I can recall. They perceive America as checked out, adrift, pusillanimous, unfeared and desperate to avoid military confrontation, and Iran as emboldened and nearing the nuclear weapons threshold."


The Israelis will probably attack the Iranian nuclear sites. They should also take out the Quds Force, and several other Revolutionary Guard units so the Iranian people can finish the job.

It is sad when the only democratically minded nation of the Middle East gets ignored who understands that Iran isn't a rational nation which could trigger a serious nuclear attack when they are ready to use them.
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I'm afraid the Middle-East is going to continue being a bell-weather site for decades to come. I am not optimistic about the future over there. S4
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(12-13-2021, 01:34 PM)John L Wrote: I'm afraid the Middle-East is going to continue being a bell-weather site for decades to come.  I am not optimistic about the future over there.  S4

Yeah, but Iran is nation that could change back when the people finally grow tired of the small group holding the power by overthrowing it.
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(12-13-2021, 01:49 PM)sunsettommy Wrote:
(12-13-2021, 01:34 PM)John L Wrote: I'm afraid the Middle-East is going to continue being a bell-weather site for decades to come.  I am not optimistic about the future over there.  S4

Yeah, but Iran is nation that could change back when the people finally grow tired of the small group holding the power by overthrowing it.

You're absolutely right Tom. The overwhelming majority of Iranians are very unhappy with their leadership and its political direction. Of all the Middle-East countries, Iran is perhaps the most Western oriented, and least beholden to Almighty Islam.

The Big Question is.....When it will come crashing down. I'm going to go against my feelings and not hold my breath.
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(12-13-2021, 11:37 AM)John L Wrote:
(12-13-2021, 11:25 AM)Canuknucklehead Wrote: The Israelis will probably attack the Iranian nuclear sites. They should also take out the Quds Force, and several other Revolutionary Guard units so the Iranian people can finish the job.

I'm not aware of just how much discontent and animus is currently within Iran at this time.


Iran Protests Spread to Tehran, Which Sees Biggest Anti-Government March in 18 Months

I wouldn't be surprised if there are hundreds hidden caches of weapons throughout Iran provided the the U.S., Israelis and Arab governments. All it would take is an attack on Iran similar to the one on Iraq in 1991 to get Iranian insurgents to take up arms against government forces.
The true purpose of democracy is not to select the best leaders — a clearly debatable obligation — but to facilitate the prompt and peaceful removal of obviously bad ones. 
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(12-19-2021, 09:42 AM)Canuknucklehead Wrote:
(12-13-2021, 11:37 AM)John L Wrote:
(12-13-2021, 11:25 AM)Canuknucklehead Wrote: The Israelis will probably attack the Iranian nuclear sites. They should also take out the Quds Force, and several other Revolutionary Guard units so the Iranian people can finish the job.

I'm not aware of just how much discontent and animus is currently within Iran at this time.


Iran Protests Spread to Tehran, Which Sees Biggest Anti-Government March in 18 Months

I wouldn't be surprised if there are hundreds hidden caches of weapons throughout Iran provided the the U.S., Israelis and Arab governments. All it would take is an attack on Iran similar to the one on Iraq in 1991 to get Iranian insurgents to take up arms against government forces.

Time moderates all things. Back in Carter's time, we could have supported an uprising that could have developed into something good. Stockpiling of weapons wasn't in the cards. The people then had remembrances of living well in a more or less Free Enterprise system. But the overthrow of the Shah gave the mullahs momentum, and the hostages made Carter bend the knee.

Now, kids raised in Muslim schools have been indoctrinated to a much larger degree. The discontent may be more now, but the young students aren't ready for an uprising, and how many older Iranians are willing to put their necks on the block? An invasion from outside may give them something to get behind - but I don't think the people will do it on their own.

Sorta looks like what we have here, neh?
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