The fraud of asymmetric threats

Posted in Bombing Paupers, Culture of Lickspittle at 3:41 pm by George Smith

From the wire, Iran is allegedly sending two ships toward the US east coast:

Iran’s military doctrine is based on asymmetric warfare, relying on a multilayered strategy the employs many kinds of low-tech weapons and a willingness to accept casualties, says Michael Connell, director of Iranian Studies at the Center for Naval Analyses, which conducts research and analysis for the U.S. government.

In the Persian Gulf, Iran hopes to employ dozens of midget submarines, land-based missile launchers and speedboats, in a strategy meant to confuse and overwhelm an adversary with superior technology and firepower, Connell wrote in an assessment of Iran’s naval doctrine.

Bolton said Iran’s ships may not pose much of a threat now but their mission shows the Islamic Republic is building up its capabilities for the future.

Bad time of year to do it. They could run into some lousy weather.

Previously, I’ve briefly mentioned why the US military invented the buzz-term, asymmetric, to define threats.

Bluntly, it’s a simple fraud that encompasses the fact that every enemy in the world that we might ever face, now and going forward, will always be grossly inferior due to gigantic differences between the US military budget and everyone else’s.

So any enemy that has much less money to spend on ships, jet aircraft, tanks, advanced weapons systems, anything (which is to say, again, everyone) is always said to have developed, or to be developing, an asymmetric strategy.

A strategy that attacks some slightly-real or imagined Achilles heel, turning the enemy into a credible threat, a puny David ready to take down the goliath of American military power.

It’s a sophistry of liars, always consisting of made-up crap, sometimes simple but never particularly complicated, for the rationalization and discussion of how any type of relative weakling, be it a group, a tribe, a handful of hackers, a poorer nation, or maybe even angry bees, allegedly can threaten the existence of the world’s pre-eminent military power.

Over the last twenty years its been embedded in every discussion of potential threats against the US. The enemy, a pauper, will ALWAYS attack asymmetrically.

And so today, and perhaps in the next few, too, we’ll get the infrequent spectacle of some puny detachment from Iran being a harbinger of bad things to come. Never mind the southern side of the Persian Gulf is outfitted with overwhelming US military striking power and that one of our reliable toadies, Bahrain, hosts the Fifth Fleet.

I always get a kick out of showing the threat of Iran’s midget submarines.

I don’t know if I would feel confident submerging in one of them. How about you?

And how about this squadron of “stealth” flying boats!

I think one of them would be pretty popular on a summer weekend afternoon at Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey, don’t you?

And whatever this is, hoax or real, I like it!

Or perhaps they will be sending this and it will have a Scud in it with an atomic warhead and next week I won’t be able to post to the blog because electromagnetic pulse will have wiped out US civilization.

This is the Kharg, an Iranian navy oiler, by the way. If it doesn’t look Iranian built, it isn’t. It was built in the United Kingdom a long time ago.

And I am sure a few dozen of these would do really well against the USN and USAF.

No pictures of a couple of their heavier units, like a Kilo sub. They didn’t build it. These things would be the first to go to the bottom in a shooting war.

Asymmetric or not.

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