Pentagon Fears ´Regional War´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/20/12)
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Pentagon war games predict an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear sites
may quickly spiral out of control and result in a large regional war.
A classified two-week war simulation conducted by the US Central
Command dubbed Internal Look envisioned a scenario wherein Israel
carried out an air strike on Iranian facilities.
Projected retaliation targeted both the Jewish state and the American
forces in the region since based on the assumption Tehran would hold
Washington complicit in the attack.
Results of the simulation leaked to the New York Times indicate Iran
would likely be able to sink at least one American warship in the
Persian Gulf, killing 200 crew members on board. Separate strikes by
Israel and the US managed to delay Iranís nuclear program by just
The simulated conflict then escalated into a wider regional war,
showing that a possible attack on Iran would likely have
unforeseeable and uncontrollable consequences. The result has
reportedly raised concern among those US officials skeptical of
Israelís ability to deal a decisive blow to Iranís nuclear facilities.
US officials insist the exercise is not a rehearsal for American
military action, but instead aimed at testing internal communication
and coordination between the Pentagon and the various staff in the
The simulation also only considered just one scenario, and results of
a real conflict may differ, the military said. Critics say the leaked
information Ė without being able to assess the underlying premises
that drove the simulation Ė is meaningless.
Simulations of multiple potential scenarios would be required before
policy makers had useful data from which to make decisions, they add.
Political observers note that leaks of classified data frequently
have political motivations, and are inherently unreliable without
The exercise in question has been held since the Cold War era, when
US troops played on scenarios of a Soviet offensive in Middle East.
In December 2002, Internal Look was used to test Americaís readiness
to the coming invasion of Iraq. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/20/12)
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