"Escalation Dominance", Part II to the McCain Moment by Steve Payne
Author says: in this installment from the continuing "McBush" thread on the Today in Alternate History website, we ask - what if President McCain foolishly took the bait offered by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
February 19th, 2010: just
twenty-four hours after Secretary of Defence Robert Gates resigned in protest at
the political decision to bomb sixteen suspected nuclear sites in Iran, the US
Air Force launched the first waves of airstrikes at Natanz, Arak and Bushehr.
Over a thousand strike sorties would be flown during the next week, with
precision guided bunker busting bombs dropped from aircraft launched from a
number of military bases in the Middle East, including Israel.
The outcome was the inevitable result of four decades of confused American foreign policy, starting with the decision to give the Shah of Iran nuclear technology in the nineteen seventies. After the revolution, diplomacy ceased. And a moment of opportunity to drive a "grand bargain" with Iran passed up after September 11th. US hopes of the Presidental election of the moderate Akbar Rafsanjani (who was promising to curb the powers of the mullahs) were swept away with the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Also missed was the historic opportunity of America choosing the sound judgement of a calm individual with a middle name of "Hussein".
"Could we do it? Sure. Could we manage the aftermath? I doubt it." ~ Anonymous Source, DoD
And perhaps a skilled crisis manager such as John Kennedy would have had
the genius to avoid the impending confrontation with Iran.
in Bush, and his successor McCain, America had two boneheaded "deciders" that
were very easily baited by Ahmadinejad, who certainly held the stronger hand
of cards. Because in policy-wonk terms, the Iranian leadership had "escalation
dominance", and it was even suspected, were inviting an attack to focus
domestic opinion on the external threat of the "Great Satan" rather than the
deteriorating state of the economy.
Author says, original content has been repurposed to celebrate the author's genius © Sanger, David E.. "The Inheritance: The World Obama confronts and the challenges to American Power" (2009)
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