Best for Great Satan to avoid action at all costs, surrender now and cede Syria, Lebanon, Little Satan, Jordan, Egypt, The Gulf States, Iraq, Yemen and Saudiland to the undefeatable Preacher Command and all their Revo Guard/al Qods cats.
Of the three sexercises conducted - one in partic seems to have jammed themselves up beyond all repair. The Harvard/Kennedy/Belfer game should be held totally suspect."Reported results included:
•The United States could not get any meaningful support for sanctions.
•Russia and China -- both of which will be key players if sanctions are to work -- conducted secret negotiations with Iran.
•The U.S.-Israeli relationship deteriorated dramatically during the game, leading to a deep diplomatic crisis.
•Iran saw itself in a strong position and played accordingly.
•Iran emerged better off at the end of the game than it had been at the beginning.
"By December 2010, it had doubled its supply of low-enriched uranium and was proceeding to weaponization.
"According to one participant, Iran "never felt seriously threatened" and could "win" the game easily. Indeed, most observers would probably characterize the outcome as a win for Iran and a defeat for the United States and Israel.
Even the thought of selecting the creator of "Weenie Hut Juniors" as Def Sec should have obviously queered the mix on anything that would have changed the status quo in Great Satan's (or any of her allies) favor - indeed - the guy most likely worried about the wrong thing (like binding Great Satan with Internat'l Accords) than focusing on his real fakebelieve gig - annihilating Mullahopolis' ability or desire to make war.
The two other games by Brookings and Little Satan's Institute for National Security Studies brought up similiar concerns:
That reinforce other analyses suggesting that diplomacy and sanctions will not work. This leads to certain conclusions.
First, the Great Satan "must "play" differently in the coming months than the participants who represented it in these simulations. Current U.S. policy seemed to fail in each game, leaving the situation worse in several dimensions: Iran was undeterred (even strengthened), relations with Israel were in crisis, and international support was lacking.
"Second, the United States must plan for military action, either by itself, with others, or in the wake of unilateral Israeli strikes. Both the military and the public should be prepared for the consequences of these scenarios. These preparations must be carried out with the full understanding that the military option is practicable -- and, at the end of the day, may well be the required course of action.
"Third, the results of these games are likely disturbing for Israel, indicating that its leaders should prepare both diplomatically and militarily to go it alone. A decision to strike could be the most fateful since the state's founding. Israel needs to ready its military not just for a raid or operation, but also for an extended war on multiple fronts and deep within the homeland.
Yes, yes and yes.