Originally Posted by AR
Among the many mistakes the administration has made on this issue, one of the most glaring is telegraphing intentions for weeks (literally) before any action. Let's just say that the element of surprise has definitely been sacrificed.
Unlike the Combined Fleet sailing south toward Hawaii unannounced in early December, 1941, the United States has a history of not launching surprise attacks.
And surprise attacks aren’t all that more effective than their announced counterparts. Just because the enemy knows what you’re going to do, doesn’t mean they’re going to be able to defeat it.
What the enemy can expect is that, when it comes, it will come at night, and all hell is going to break loose.…..
The United States Navy, by itself, is capable of obliterating the military assets of the Syrian government. The first wave will consist of a hundred or more Tomahawk cruise missiles. At first light, battle damage assessments will be made, after which, another hundred strikes will take place. And then another hundred, and another hundred, until the targets simply cease to exist.
United States Navy surface combat vessels deployed for action against the Syrian regime are: Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, USS Stout DDG 55, USS Mahan DDG 72, USS Barry DDG 52, USS Gravely DDG 107, USS Rampage DDG 61.
The United States Navy has not announced the name and hull number of the Ohio-class SSGN cruise missile submarine currently on station. Normally deployed to the Med is USS Florida SSGN 728. (As I know you're waiting with bated breath, I'll post her name and hull number as soon as it's announced.)
Arleigh Burke-class surface combat vessels carry a magazine of 90 Tomahawk cruise missiles, each, and are network connected to coordinate their target packages and rate of fire.
For example, United States Navy guided missile destroyer, USS Barry DDG 52 fired 55 Tomahawk cruise missiles against Libyan air defense targets, 19 March 2011, during Operation Odyssey Dawn, in a coordinated air defense suppression effort. 28 March 2011, USS Barry DDG 52 utilizing its Aegis phased array radar combat system directed a United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II to attack and destroy 3 Libyan Coast Guard patrol boats attacking civilian merchant ships.
Of course, in a historical perspective, United States Navy antenna ships don’t pack much punch. Tomahawk cruise missiles, while relatively long-ranged, carry a 500-pound warhead, with no armor-piercing capability. That’s why it takes a hundred of these things to destroy enemy targets.
To impress upon the Assad regime the seriousness of gassing its own people, the United States Navy would be better served with a division of large-caliber surface combat vessels on a bombardment line off the coast of Syria.
A division of United States Navy Iowa-class large-caliber surface combat vessels, firing 9-gun salvos of 1900-pound HC projectiles, all day, everyday for a couple of weeks, sends a pretty clear message.
The cost/benefit analysis of large-caliber combat vessels is simple enough for a 2-year-old to make. The Assad regime possesses no weapons capable of reducing Iowa-classe’s combat effectiveness, and Iowa-class is capable of obliterating everything within range of its main battery rifles.
Large-caliber naval rifles are blunt-force instruments, and history has shown that the enemy responds favorably to a good pounding.