30 September 2019
Dan Plesch and Martin Butcher’s 2007 discussion paper “Considering a war with Iran” featured in three UK publications this weekend. The Express, The Irish Sun and The Star all refer to the paper while discussing the Theatre Iran Near Term (TIRANNT), plan for a “shock and awe” attack on Iran.
The Express quotes Dan Plesch and Martin Butcher: “The US has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s weapons of mass destruction, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days if not hours… Any attack is likely to be on a massive multi-front scale but avoiding a ground invasion”.
Speaking about the report Dr Plesch said: "The politics of the region have altered since I wrote this study in 2007, but people are ill-advised to downplay the destructive power of the United States Miltary".
For more on US military capabilities see Dan Plesch's article in The Conversation "Could the US win World War III without using nuclear weapons?"