A Disastrous War Game Changed America’s Strategy For Iran
Mar. 29, 2012
The political and media frenzy that focused on Iran, Israel and U.S. forces near the Strait of Hormuz has appeared to mellow over the past few weeks, but just because it’s not in the headlines doesn’t mean it’s over.
The tensions really started flaring up in late December when Iran held a massive Naval exercise near the Strait, threatened to mine it, and choke off 40 percent of the global oil supply.
Since then, U.S. officials like Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and President Obama himself, have said that the U.S. will not allow Iran to achieve a full fledged nuclear program capable of creating a nuclear weapon.
Israel has also said it cannot abide a nuclear Iran, and rumors of them going it alone against Tehran filled headlines as recently as a couple of weeks ago.
But that all seems to have changed after the major U.S. war game “Internal Look,” which Pentagon brass used to understand what might happen if Israel were to attack Iran on its own.
This go-round of the huge war game showed that an Israeli attack would be the first step in a regional war that may pull in the United States and leave hundreds of American soldiers dead.
The findings seem to have derailed Israel’s initial drive to take on Iran alone, and Amir Oren at Ha’aertz reports today that Inside Look has put off an Israeli attack on Iran until early next year, at least until spring 2013.