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How To Avoid Another Defeat in Iran

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Thirty-two years ago this week, on April 24, eight U.S. servicemen died in the southeastern desert of Iran when their mission to rescue 52 Americans held captive by the revolutionary regime in Tehran was aborted by President Jimmy Carter.

Operation Eagle Claw was one of the first missions conducted by the recently-formed Delta Force. Depending on whose account you read, it was either an unlucky masterpiece of complex planning or a desperate attempt to save a doomed presidency that never should have been given the green light in the first place.

The mission’s failure convinced U.S. military leaders to rethink how they would conduct special operations in the future: formulating plans that were simpler, carrying them out under unified command, and managing the risk.

While our military has learned the lessons of the failed hostage rescue mission, however, our political leaders have not.

When the first reports came in of the deadly aircraft collision during a sandstorm in the Iranian desert, Jimmy Carter lost his nerve. Rather than follow the advice of his military advisors and continue the mission with a smaller force, he pulled the plug and exposed it to the world. His fear of defeat trumped his will to win. The result? Our enemies smelled weakness and sought to deepen our humiliation by parading about the sand-clotted bodies of our dead servicemen like trophies in a Roman Triumph.

Jimmy Carter’s multiple failures in Iran have given us thirty-two years of state-sponsored terrorism in the Middle East. By allowing the forces of chaos and extremism to unseat the Shah of Iran, a staunch U.S. ally, Carter not only destroyed the future for two generations of Iranians; he ushered in an era where a sovereign government operating under the guise of terrorist proxies was allowed to murder, maim, and bomb with impunity.

The victims of Iran’s terrorist rampage included people such as Robert Ames, the CIA Near East chief of operations, who was killed when Iranian-backed terrorists blew up our embassy in Beirut on April 17, 1983.

As one of the first journalists on the scene after the bomb ripped off the front of our seaside embassy, I will never forget a dust-and-debris-covered press officer named Ryan Crocker emerging from the rubble to tell us that he had seen the U.S. ambassador, saved by the weight of his office desk, climbing down a broken fire escape at the rear of the embassy .

The victims also included people such as Donald G. Havlish, Jr., an insurance executive from Yardley, Pennsylvania who missed taking his daughter to her first day of preschool on the morning of September 11, 2001 so he could attend a business meeting in New York. He worked on the 101st floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, and was killed by the al Qaeda terrorists who crashed a hijacked airplane into his building that morning.

Although I did not know him, I came to know his widow, Fiona, and helped her and other families of 9/11 victims trace the origins of the 9/11 plot back to Iran. These brave families won a measure of justice in a federal court on December 15, 2011, when District court judge George B. Daniels, after hearing our testimony, determined that the Islamic Republic of Iran shared “material responsibility” for the 9/11 attacks with the al Qaeda terrorists.

Mihaela, their daughter, who had turned 13 by then, impressed me to tears as she stood near me in the cold winter winds where once the South Tower had stood. With TV cameras trained on her, she made a brushing of her father’s name in the commemorative marble plaques around the foundation. “I am Mihaela Havlish, the daughter of Donald G. Havlish, Jr, who died on September 11, 2001,” she said. Simple, clear, brave.

We have an opportunity today to ensure that Robert Ames, Donald Havlish and so many others -– including hundreds of our servicemen in Iraq — will be the last American victims the evil regime in Iran can claim. We have the opportunity today to craft effective policies that will end the rein of terror in Iran.

And yet, President Obama has embarked on a different course – a course that I believe will lead directly to a major war with Iran that we do not need and that we can actually prevent.

His course is called appeasement. It begins with the notion that you can rationally discuss matters of import – such as nuclear weapons development and terrorism — with a regime that seeks just one thing: to negotiate the size of your coffin.

The Islamic Republic leaders have shown repeatedly that their only goal in these negotiations is to buy time to complete their nuclear weapons development. During their latest round of talks with the Obama administration on April 14, they succeeded yet again.

Huge Bomb Buy Raises Question of Attack on Iran

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Speculation of an impending attack on Iranian nuclear facilities has increased, following the US acquisition of a huge bunker buster bomb six times the size the US Air Force currently employs.

The first shipment of Boeing’s “Massive Ordnance Penetrator”  - designed to fit the B-2 stealth bomber – arrived at Air Force Global Strike Command in September, according to Bloomberg News.

The 30,000 pound , 20.5 foot long mammoth will have significant impact, capable of reaching 200 feet underground before detonating 5,300 pounds of explosives. The US military currently uses a 5,000-pound bunker buster to attack nuclear, biological, and chemical sites underground.

The US military’s announcement of the procurement comes just days after the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report stating that Iran is enriching uranium for the purpose of creating atomic bombs.  That report came just as Iranian authorities announced that their uranium enrichment facility in Natanz will be transferred to a more secure location at Qom, 295 feet under rock.

The US has also closed a deal to provide the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with thousands of bunker busters, according to the Wall Street Journal.    The UAE is a strong trade partner of Iran, but has come out publicly against Iranian nuclear development.  The US alsorecently agreed on an plan to sell $60 billion in F-15s and munitions to Iran adversary Saudi Arabia.

In September, US President Barack Obama agreed to sell 55 GBU-28 Hard Target Penetrator bunker busters to Israel.  Israel originally requested the weapons from the Bush administration in 2005, but was denied.

In response to news of the recent explosion at a missile storage facility outside Tehran in which a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards official and missile expert was killed, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak stated “May there be more like it”.  Israel has been accused by Iranian officials of conducting a stealth attack which caused the explosion.  President Shimon Peres recently stated that an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is “more and more likely”.

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