A war game called “Internal Look” has been one of U.S. Central Command’s most significant planning exercises. The classified war simulation is carried out about twice a year to assess how the headquarters, its staff and command posts in a particular region would respond to various real-world situations.
An Internal Look exercise was carried out earlier this month, and it estimated that an Israeli strike on Iran would lead to a regional war which could draw in the United States and leave hundreds of Americans dead, a New York Times report revealed on Monday night.
The two-week exercise gamed-out a narrative whereby the United States found it was pulled into the conflict after Iranian missiles struck a Navy warship in the Persian Gulf, killing about 200 Americans, according to officials. The United States subsequently retaliated by carrying out its own strikes on Iranian nuclear installations.
Based on the results of the exercise, the initial Israeli attack was assessed to have set back the Iranian nuclear program by roughly a year, and the following American strikes did not eliminate the Iranian nuclear program; but merely regressed it by two years. However, other Pentagon planners have stated that America’s arsenal of long-range bombers, refueling aircraft and precision missiles could do considerably more damage to the Iranian nuclear program — but only if President Obama were to decide on a full-scale retaliation.
While of course not a certainty, it is a safe assumption that Israel will be forced to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2012. It is very likely that the United States will be drawn into the conflict and it will be no game but instead the in-our-face reality of war. While Iran could attack American military assets in and near the Persian Gulf, another form of Iranian retaliation would be through terror attacks committed by its Hamas, Hezbollah, and/or Islamic Jihad proxies that are likely already inside the United States.
The weather is growing increasingly stormy; and we are well-advised to batten-down the doors and make sure our storehouses are stocked, our friendships are strong, and our families are bound by a Godly love. While we stock our storehouses, it is wise to use our hearts as the materials to rebuild burned bridges. And as every hour passes, we must vigilantly keep watch at the wall and look up, for our redemption draws near.