Is there any graver threat to the US in the world today than artillery units and patrol and coastal combatants (halfway across the world)?
Is Iran a threat to the existence of the United States? Joltin' Joe Lieberman says yes:...Fortunately, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has prepared a helpful chart:
Obviously Israel is first in the line of Iranian fire. And it represents an existential threat to Israel. But you know who is next? The Arab countries in the Middle East and they’re worried about the Iranian program and want us to ask strongly to stop it. And we’re next! Because Ahmadinejad in Tehran constantly leads the mobs in shouts of death to America. And they mean it.
UNITED STATES IRAN Population 303,824,646 65,875,223 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) $13.8 trillion $0.75 trillion Defense spending fiscal year 2009 $711 billion $7.2 billion Total troops 2,580,875 895,000 Main battle tanks 8,023 1,613 Reconnaissance vehicles 348 35 Armored infantry fighting vehicles 6,719 610 Armored personnel carriers 21,242 640 Artillery units 8,041 8,196 Helicopters 5,425 311 Submarines 71 6 Principal surface combatants 106 5 Patrol and coastal combatants 157 320 Mine warfare ships 9 5 Amphibious ships 490 21 Fighter aircraft 3,538 286 Long-range bomber aircraft 170 None Transport aircraft 883 136 Electronic warfare/intelligence aircraft 159 3 Reconnaissance aircraft 134 6 Maritime patrol aircraft 197 8 Anti-submarine warfare aircraft 58 None Airborne early warning aircraft 53 None Nuclear warheads ~5,400 None
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Robert Farley, at Tapped: