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Posted: 3/1/2006 7:43:14 PM EDT
OK, it's NewsMax, but a plausible account of the plan anyway:

www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/2/28/181730.shtml?s=lh


Iran's Revolutionary Guards are making preparations for a massive assault on U.S. naval forces and international shipping in the Persian Gulf, according to a former Iranian intelligence officer who defected to the West in 2001.

The plans, which include the use of bottom-tethered mines potentially capable of destroying U.S. aircraft carriers, were designed to counter a U.S. land invasion and to close the Strait of Hormuz, the defector said in a phone interview from his home in Europe.

They would also be triggered if the United States or Israel launched a pre-emptive strike on Iran to knock out nuclear and missile facilities.

"The plan is to stop trade," the source said.
...
Iran plans to begin offensive operations by launching successive waves of explosives-packed boats against U.S. warships in the Gulf, piloted by "Ashura" or suicide bombers.

The first wave can draw on more than 1,000 small fast-attack boats operated by the Revolutionary Guards navy, equipped with rocket launchers, heavy machine-guns and possibly Sagger anti-tank missiles.


Link Posted: 3/1/2006 7:44:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 7:45:26 PM EDT
amen to that big old orange cloud
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 7:46:58 PM EDT
Iran is going to take on the US Navy???
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 7:51:17 PM EDT
Would not be any more than some casual gunnery practice for the US forces.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 7:54:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Headless_T_Gunner:
Would not be any more than some casual gunnery practice for the US forces.



Oh really, then why haven't we done it?
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 7:54:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MisterC:
Iran is going to take on the US Navy???



That would be a very large error.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 7:59:26 PM EDT
If we want in there, we'll get in there but there will not be a ground assault.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 8:04:53 PM EDT
The mines and the ballistic missiles aimed at regional targets, and perhaps also chemical weapons, would be the major concerns. I think the speedboats would get strafed by helos and aircraft in short order.

I can't really see a major US landing on Iran's coast, unless it's to clean out missile batteries. There's a perfectly good oil field to sieze right next to Iraq.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 8:07:08 PM EDT
They'd probably do more damage than you think...
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 8:09:38 PM EDT
Hopefully we can just pull an Isreal (aka 1981 Iraq bombing) on their asses, then go home.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 8:25:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jj01:

Originally Posted By Headless_T_Gunner:
Would not be any more than some casual gunnery practice for the US forces.



Oh really, then why haven't we done it?



Because they haven't tried to take us yet.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 8:48:20 PM EDT
What do we have that could depress enough to take on a speed boat besides a deck mounted .50 cal?

-K
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 8:52:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Da_Bunny:

Originally Posted By jj01:

Originally Posted By Headless_T_Gunner:
Would not be any more than some casual gunnery practice for the US forces.



Oh really, then why haven't we done it?



Because they haven't tried to take us yet.



Keep in mind, we're not talking about going after a carrier group, they just need to shut down the Straights of Hormuz, which can be done easily by sinking a couple of oil tankers with anyone of the hundreds of anti-ship missiles they've purchased from china.
Would we retaliate, sure, will we go to war with Iran over this no - America doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to open another front over there.
Bottom line, Iran doesn't have to do anything at this point but keep enriching uranium and it will continue to enrich uranium until it has all the nuclear weapons it wants. The genie is out of the bottle
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 9:05:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jj01:
Oh really, then why haven't we done it?



Praying Mantis, 1988.

But notice that the Iranians did get a mine hit on an FFG first.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 9:11:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jj01:
Bottom line, Iran doesn't have to do anything at this point but keep enriching uranium and it will continue to enrich uranium until it has all the nuclear weapons it wants. The genie is out of the bottle


If you think the Israelis will let them get nukes you are crazy.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:10:47 AM EDT
The Straits are about 50 miles wide. They would have to do more than sink a couple of tankers to close it. They also need to be careful whose tankers they sink--they could end up with a whole lot of other countries after them if they sink Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, or European flagged tankers.
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