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The fact that anyone in this country even remotely takes Palin seriously when she has so little awareness of reality and so little capacity for logical thought absolutely boggles the mind -- and it's embarrassing to consider what other countries must think of us as a result.
Never underestimate the power of Windows to screw up ...
if Sarah Palin isn't herself a pundit what is she?
Windows new roll out programs are always crap and it takes months to get them to work even a little ... I never bother until forced to change programs and then there are always "Fixes" that have to be downloaded and some of them cause other problems it is job security for the program people at Microsoft ...
You have grievously over-estimated the Iranian armies' ability. Air superiority would be established in a matter of hours (Iranian Jets are primarily F-14s and F-4s - older generation american craft that are nearly incapable against current generation hardware), and the actual physical conflict between organized forces within the month (Iran's primary battle-tank being the cold-war era un-upgraded soviet t-72, which is notable in that it has never taken a single M1 Abrams in combat despite several opportunities and losses). Iran is not capable of handling Israel alone currently, and they are out-gunned and out-evolved by the US military by several orders of magnitude. Your suggestion that a war against Iran would be unwinnable without nuclear weapons is wildly off-base and shows a significant ignorance of the U.S's military capability and an even more vast misunderstanding of the myriad of divisions, tribal and religious, between cultures in the middle east that would prevent them from uniting in such a fashion as you describe. Even if said unification was theoretically possible, it would take a long time, long enough that the only real weight to throw against the us is the arming and training of insurgents, which the saudis have been doing for decades already anyway.
The suggestion that Russia would intervene is also very unlikely. Russia has an economic interest predicated heavily on selling Tehran old military equipment, but short of that they are actually competitors, selling the same energy resources to the same markets. Russia also has a cultural interest in seeing Iran return to a secular regime, as anti-muslim sentiment is a growing component of Putin's nationalist base. Russia will not lay it's cards down for Iran, though it would certainly do everything it could to make the fight more difficult for the US and take several diplomatic swings given the opportunity.
The problem, and the real loss of money and lives, would in the ensuing occupation and political morass which would absolutely devastate the US. The actual short analysis is that given Iran's educated but unemployed liberal youth population, lifting the sanctions from the economy and establishing a firm if uneasy truce with the older hardliners is a savvy diplomatic move that should pay dividends in improved relation with Iran decades into the future. Kerry is savvier than I would have thought possible, and this deal might be the nation's smartest diplomatic decision regarding the region in our long and unpleasant history of dealings there.