Tag: shadow diplomacy

Ayatollah Air Power

 

If push comes to shove, could American air power lay waste to the Iranian regime in a cake walk, a turkey shoot? Consider what we know, publicly, of Iranian military capabilities in the air. They have aircraft from the pre-stealth era, drones, and extensive surface-to-air missile defenses. Perhaps, however, their best “air” assets are computer coding and diplomatic shuttle flights.

RQ-170
Photo by Gene Blevins/LA DailyNews

It was not big news when fairly rag-tag forces shot down a low and slow flying armed MQ-9 Reaper drone. After all, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has a wing dedicated to advising foreign forces, including the Yemeni forces fighting other Yemeni forces backed by Saudi Arabia. This is not secret, so the U.S. Central Command was willing to claim Iranian participation in the June 2019 shoot-down:

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Please Tell Me How This Is Not Treason

 

Former Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister, using “shadow diplomacy” to prevent the failure of the “Iran Nuclear Deal”

Now, at last count, Iran was America’s sworn enemy. Its people regularly took to the streets to shout “Death to America!” This looks like providing aid and comfort to the enemy, which I believe is the definition of treason.

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