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
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.
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.