They have more to lose

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

Af­ter the ter­mi­na­tion (with ex­treme prej­u­dice) of Ira­nian ter­ror­ist co­or­di­na­tor Maj. Gen­eral Soleimani, the main­stream me­dia has been quiv­er­ing at the prospect of Ira­nian re­tal­i­a­tion.

Days later, the “break­ing news” through­out the me­dia was a rocket at­tack on a base hous­ing US troops in Iraq. Well, here’s a news flash for ev­ery­one. Dur­ing my two tours in Iraq, rocket/ mor­tar at­tacks on US bases all over Iraq hap­pened on a daily/weekly ba­sis.

In fact, dozens of US troops and US con­trac­tors were killed in these “in­di­rect fire” at­tacks. It was well known that Soleimani was in­volved in co­or­di­nat­ing the Shiite mili­tias in­volved in many of these at­tacks. The pre­vail­ing fear about Iran’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­minds me of my de­ploy­ment to Saudi Ara­bia dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm in 1991. We were told that Iraq had the third largest army in the world, they had an ex­ten­sive nu­clear, chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal weapon ca­pa­bil­ity, and the Iraqi Repub­li­can Guard was one of the tough­est fight­ing units in the world. Iraq folded like a cheap suit 100 hours af­ter our troops crossed their bor­der. Trust me, Iran has far more to lose in a war with the USA. Bill Heard Palm­dale

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