Crossfire War – Russia-US Compare Notes on New Bomb Tests – Joint Actions

Crossfire War – Moscow – Berlin – Washington Watch – Eurasia Theatre: Moscow – Berlin – Washington – Rome – Yerevan – Baku – Sukhumi – Tskhinvili/Tbilisi – Ankara – Tehran; Russia – US Compare Test Notes on New Bomb Tests – Thermobaric – Vacuum Bomb and 14 Ton Penetrator Super Bomb – Extension of Joint Operations Planning – US Air Campaign Against Iran Scheduled for Next Summer – ret. Lt. Gen McInerney Says Air Campaign Will be “Easy”

Night Watch: BERLIN – During the six month build up by the military coaltion in 1990-91 against Saddam Hussein’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait, an American military officer was interviewed who mentioned there were conventional bombs more powerful than nuclear bombs. He did not mention specifically what they were but I was not surprised since the Cold War was used primarily as an excuse by both NATO and Soviet Bloc to continue experimenting, research – development of the latest weaponry and technology as industrial services in the West invested in the Soviet Bloc’s rebuilding after World War II.

Now that a very real threat, Iran, has emerged, as an extension of the 1979 Khomeini revolution, both the West and Russia began to realize late last year there is no way to end Tehran’s nuclear weapons program peacefully and its main target was never Israel, but Tehran’s two main targets, the West, Iran’s most important international rival, and India in support of Pakistan and the Muslims in Kashmir. Moscow is not seen as a major problem by the Islamic world because Russia does not have a record of attempting to manipulate the region as much as the West. Established society in Europe and the U. S., and the governments that front for them, are still under the fashionable illusion they can deal with West Asia as if it were still 1956 or 1957. [RIA]

But Moscow does realize it has to continue to defeat threats in the Caucasus convincingly first in Chechnya-Daghestan and now further south against the Georgian government in Tbilisi.

Recently RIA has been reporting the Russian tests of a thermobaric vacuum bomb described by Alexander Rushkin Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces as, “…environmentally friendly compared to a nuclear bomb and it will enable us to ensure national security and at the same time standup to international terrorism in any part of the globe and in any situation.”

He is of course referring to Georgia and the military standoff between Tbilisi and Moscow over two republics that seceded from Georgia after the Cold War ended, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Though the territorial dispute began in 1990 it became worse last summer and there have been exchanges of fire and air incursions by Russia’s air force. That is the reason Russia’s Strategic bombers have resumed flying and have been rendezvousing with aircraft from the West.

It is also quite possible Moscow could have its bombers target Iranian units on other fronts like the Balkans and India or even against Chinese units attacking India’s northeast state of Arunachal Pradesh. [RIA]

It was briefly hinted during the first Chechen war, 1994-96, that Moscow may have been using a new explosive against the Islamic militant units supported by Ankara-Tehran. Since World War III in the Caucasus regional theatre is about to expand south the new bombs will definitely be used against Georgia’s military. Ankara-Tehran have therefore been expanding their support of Tbilisi for more than a year which has increased Georgia’s defense budget.

Relations between Moscow-Tbilisi continue to deteriorate with the latest incident taking place August 29 as three Russian soldiers, part of a North Ossetian unit, were arrested by Georgia. The Russia Foreign Ministry released this statement, “Despite demarches of the Russian Foreign Ministry and appeals from the Russian Embassy in Tbilisi, our military servicemen have not been released yet and our Consulate general staff members were not permitted to see them.”

Russia’s new bombs will be used on Georgia first. Only when Tehran sees Moscow defeating Tbilisi will Iran then enter into negotiations to end the war, but in the meantime the West will have to defeat the armed forces Tehran sent against them through the Balkans, Tehran’s avenue of invasion into Europe and India will have to engage Iranian forces assisting Pakistan. [RIA]

That is why U.S. retired Lieutenant-General McInerney’s Air Campaign against Iran is so laughable and what is equally funny is his blaming Berlin for the reason the attack has to take place. Berlin not approving economic sanctions on Iran is the official reason this fantasy air campaign is now being discussed publicly as if Tehran is going to sit and wait for it to happen. Berlin knew sanctions would have no chance anyway and has stated constantly Beijing would never support them becuase China wants to see three of its international rivals weaker, the West-India-Russia.

That is why Beijing has been the main supplier for Tehran’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Beijing also sent assistance through Pyongyang. Unofficially it has finally dawned on Allied governments Tehran has completed its preparations for (f)allout war, but the West and its military – foreign policy chiefs are still engaging in decision making in the dark, functioning under mental blocks that make them incapable of realizing how offensive Tehran’s war plans are and directed at them. Some may even believe an eleventh hour deal can be made with Tehran to avoid full scale war, a myth Iran lets them entertain.

Someone once observed if you are part of the problem you can’t see it coming. McInerney is a former Assistant Vice-Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Chairman of the Iran Policy Committee. It is impossible to be in a position more insulated since McInerney and the other distinquished members never realized how ridiculous it was to let Saddam remain in Baghdad until 2003 as military bases were constructed for Iran by the engineering service headquarted in San Francisco going through its London branch office as shown on CNN the day after the Gulf War ended.

Their distinction is the enormous corruption they are connected with, which has sold the foreign policy of the West to Tehran. As the bases were being constructed for Iran, energy corporations in France and Italy were bragging about major investments in Iranian oil fields in the Persian Gulf in the late 1990s, as Tehran was supporting Islamic units that defeated Russia in the first Chechen war a strategic region that is a crossroads of energy pipelines and oil-gas fields in the Black and Caspian Sea.

Industrial services in every NATO nation needs access to this area but instead of fighting alongside Russia the imbecile policy planners in Washington-Brussels-Berlin-Vienna continued to wage war against Serbia and decided to protect the opium trade in Afghanistan. NATO put itself completely out of position as it agreed to recognize the division of Yugoslavia and commit forces there. NATO is trapped in the Balkans-Afghanistan as the lost alliance of UK/US are trapped in Iraq, what Tehran recently called a swamp. McInerney’s vision of an air campaign against Iran is nothing more than a military mirage as if Tehran is just going to sit there, wait for next summer when the Pentagon is ready, and watch.

McInerney actually said the air campaign will be “easy” and I suspect he also assumed the economic occupation of Iraq would be “easy”. He and the Iran Policy Committee must have convinced themselves Bin Laden can arrange flight school training and that Tehran’s military planning is only offensive against Israel as if Tehran wants to control the salt in the Dead Sea. McInerney even stated after the air campaign Iranians will get there country back but any attack will unite the country in the same way Iranians united when Washington had Saddam Hussein invade Iran September 1980 due to the hostage crisis at the U. S. Embassy in Tehran. The Ayatollah Khomeini actually called the invasion a “gift from Allah” becuase he knew the religious-nationalist coalition he led to remove the Shah had fallen apart and that his government was on the verge of collaspe until Iraq’s invasion. This is why I have often stated Tehran’s government thrives on crisis which they always find strengthening. But Tehran has been planning for years to not only cause regional crisis from the Mediterranean to the Bay of Bengal to attack and disrupt the West-India on occasion but has been using the wars and crisis there to prepare the regions for Iran’s direct, massive involvement to defeat its two main enemies.

In the meantime Tehran is by no means threatened by any surge the Pentagon is conducting or now the mythological air campaign. Iran has closely observed the enormous confusion within Washington and Allied governments and realize the West’s role in this war will continue to be completely defensive. Ali Larijani Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council dismissed Washington’s nonsensical statements on attacking Iran by saying, “We do not consider an attack on Iran to have any sense, but if it takes place the aggressors will receive a painful lesson and their actions will cause harm to the entire region. Experience has shown us that they (the U. S.) can start things but not finish them.” Because of massive fighing on other fronts the West’s role is this war is completely defensive as it regroups around Rome, a regrouping that began last summer 2006 with the Rome Conference. [RIA]

Willard Payne is an international affairs analyst who specializes in International Relations. A graduate of Western Illinois University with a concentration in East-West Trade and East-West Industrial Cooperation, he has been providing incisive analysis to NewsBlaze. He is the author of Imagery: The Day Before.