Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Rep. McDermott Calls For Iran War Games

Rep. McDermott Calls For Iran War Games with Congress Participating and the American People Watching

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) today called for an Iran War Game to be conducted publicly involving Members of Congress that could be observed by the American people."We know the Pentagon has conducted war games to examine the casualties and consequences of a U.S. military strike against Iran," McDermott said, adding: "We should too."

McDermott offered his proposal in a speech on the House floor, and he questioned what might have been the outcome had such a war game been conducted before the invasion of Iraq:

House of Representatives
Iran War Game
November 9, 2007

Mr. Speaker:

My concern that the President might launch a military strike against Iran is well known, but my mission here today is not rhetorical. I am here to propose that Members of Congress participate in an Iran war game. Television could carry the event so that the American people could watch it all. We know the Pentagon has conducted war games to examine the casualties and consequences of a U.S. military strike against Iran. We should too.

Here are some of the questions we would consider: How many dead? Wounded? How much destruction? Would we pulverize Iranian targets with bunker buster bombs? Could a U.S. military strike against Iran result in a wider Mid east war? What provocation could cause the President to order a strike?

A group of recently retired, high-level CIA intelligence officers brought the idea to me. These are patriots whom we trusted with keeping and protecting America's secrets. They and others, including a retired Air Force Colonel who conducted war games in the Pentagon, would accurately produce a U.S.- Iran war game, just as it's done in the Pentagon. I know because they gave me a plan.

A military strike against Iran would involve life and death issues. We need to understand what that would look like. I urge my colleagues and the media to join me in demanding that we publicly conduct a U.S.-Iran war game as soon as possible.Imagine if we had done this before the invasion of Iraq.

Thank you.

This has got to be the stupidest man in the history of the House. Has he got no sense at all? Why not just issue T-shirts to every American saying "We Want Our Own Defeat First!"? Why not just telegraph every move we have, every weapon we'd use, every strategy we'd employ--and do it so far in advance, Iran couldn't HELP but make plenty of contingency plans?

It's bad enough that McDermott's war games would raise needless alarmism around the world, it would do so in a way that displays most of our weaknesses and few of our strengths. I can't name ANY advantage to this harebrained scheme of McD's--except make us look like fools and reveal our entire battle plan with an eye towards our defeat. Oh. I guess that's exactly what he wants.

For the traitorous McDermott, that would be enough--Mission Accomplished.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your take on McDermott is EXACTLY right DONAL! You have to wonder whether or not he actually committed treason in the run up to the Iraq War. I'm highly suspicious of what intel or info he may have given Saddam prior to our tanks rolling.

Why hasn't he been prosecuted for playing a part in the taping of Newt's cell phone calls?
Remember that one?


4:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT but:
What happened to all the calls for Sandy Burglar to take his lie detector test? Part of his plea deal for staying out of prison stipulated that he take a polygraph test about the contents of the papers he stole. He's an integral part of Witch Hazel's campaign now...


4:15 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I get SO tired of all the slippery eeling around they do... No, I don't remember 'Honk-If-You-Love-Baghdad' McDermott taping Newt but, after his being our rep up here, I wouldn't put ANYTHING past the ol' sonuvabitch!

4:20 AM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

Have these men never read any war books, or strategy - have they never even played fort with their brothers or neighborhood kids enough to know the simplest things about fighting???

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newt was driving through FL on the interstate and talking on his cell to another Republican in the 90's (I don't remember the year). Lo and behold an "elderly" couple just HAPPENED to have a cell phone scanner in their car and they just HAPPENED to be Dem party activists. AND they just HAPPENED to be dialed into Newt's phone. WHAT A COINCIDENCE!!

Before you know it Jim McDermott has the tape of the conversation and I think it eneded up being printed in the NYT's!
I wish I had more specifics, but I must be catching old timer's disease.


5:03 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Good God, Morgan... another Dog the Bounty Hunter 'Gotcha"!

5:05 AM  

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