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Iran: Threats, Counterthreats, and Aircraft Carriers as Sitting Ducks

I have been told than Iran has said it is training commandos to board and take over American ships.  I assume this would be a local action, and they would only attempt it in the Persian Gulf if America attempts to militarily enforce an oil embargo on Iran.

Speaking of which, I am also told that out of America’s five aircraft carrier groups, four are about to be placed in the Persian Gulf.  If this is true – why is the US Navy about to use them as some kind of bait for a new Pearl Harbor?  I say that because aircraft carriers – the strongest and most important naval weapons in WWII (which were kept OUT of Pearl Harbor because they were important) are no longer a super-fortress but a super-sitting-duck that can be sunk with relative ease by low-cost missiles.  (If interested, see this British assessment from 1983 – of their ships being sunk by Argentina’s Exocet missiles in the Falkland Islands war – https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a133333.pdf)

As I have argued in my books for years, the vastly improved effective range of anti-ship missiles has changed the game and made aircraft carriers very vulnerable targets if they come close to enemy lands.  They would have to stay far from the enemy coast to be somewhat safe (and are still vulnerable to other missiles.)  As this Bloomberg article said years ago: “These massive ships were never intended to take on jihadists and other asymmetric threats. But it’s no longer clear that they would be useful in a war against a major power such as Russia or a middling one such as Iran. The Pentagon has spent billions outfitting aircraft carriers with air defenses that are unproven, and the relatively short range of their planes –- an F/A-18 Hornet has to turn around at roughly 500 miles — leaves them vulnerable to land-based missiles that can travel twice that far.

Carriers increasingly seem like sitting ducks. And, if one was ever sunk, with 5,000 Americans on board, the blow to the military and nation would be almost unthinkable.” – https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2015-10-22/aircraft-carriers-are-the-navy-s-sitting-ducks

(if interested, also see – https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/could-irans-missiles-do-unthinkable-sink-us-navy-aircraft-carrier-43087)

This seems especially risky in the tight confines of the Persian Gulf, where I would not put a single ship I wasn’t willing to lose.


“The US is deploying a carrier strike group and bomber command force to the Middle East to send a “message” to Tehran, that any attack on US interests will be met by “unrelenting force,” national security adviser John Bolton said.
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, [by] the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or regular Iranian forces,” Bolton said in a statement.”


I’m not saying this means war is imminent.  I’m not saying Iran thinks it’s worth sinking a carrier even if they can.  But someday, such foolishness of putting aircraft carriers in harms way will lead a potential enemy with an itchy trigger finger to take the bait and start a war much like Japan did in 1941.  It worked out for America in the long run back then, but at quite a cost.  How would war work out today?

Here’s a cartoonish version of how it would go, as depicted by the Iranians:

As an author of many prophecy books, I can’t avoid noting certain Nostradamus prophecies that could pertain to this – like quatrain 9:43

On the point of landing the Crusader army
Will be ambushed by the Ishmaelites,
Struck from all sides by the ship Impetuosity,
Rapidly attacked by ten elite galleys.

Ishmaelites would refer to the Islamic side, Crusaders the Western or American side.  Elite galleys could be commandos on small attack boats.

Quatrain 3:90

The great Satyr and Tiger of Hyrcania,
Gift presented to those of the Ocean:
A fleet's chief will set out from Carmania,
One who will take land at the Tyrren Phocaean.

Hyrcania was a Persian province, as is Carmania – now the southern coastal region of Iran.  The fleet’s chief is usually translated as “Admiral.”  “Those of the Ocean” probably means the dominant naval power coming from overseas – Americans.  The “gift” is not going to be the kind you want for your birthday.  More the kind of “package” delivery from a movie like The Sum of All Fears.

Hopefully, the current tensions blow over without escalating into the major war that has been predicted.

About David Montaigne

Historian, investigator, and author of prophecy books like End Times and 2019, and Antichrist 2016-2019



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