The Americans have declared the Iranian Revolutionary Guard – the religious army of Iran – a foreign terrorist organisation. This is, of course, a prelude to American freedom fighters going in to save the world and liberate the Iranians from their oppresive government.
According to the BBC, the Revolutionary Guard is estimated to have 125,000 troops consisting of ground troops, air force, navy, intelligence and special forces. They also control another group called the Basij Militia which consists of 90,000 regular soldiers, 300,000 reservists and potentially 11 million more that could be called up in time of need.
The Revolutionary Guard is seperate to the regular Iranian Military which consists of 350,000 ground troops, 18,000 naval troops and 52,000 air force troops.
The Revolutionary Guard are responsible for law and order, border controls and some naval security. They are a branch of the Iranian government controlled by the ruling clerics. They are, in effect, the religious army of Iran.
So, that’s 810,125 troops in the Iranian military with 11 million potential conscripts. The Americans have 1.4 million active troops with 1.259 million reservists. That’s a shade under 2.66 million troops. There are 160,000 troops in Iraq and 15,000 in Afghanistan. There are 1,065,600 troops currently on board ships or manning military bases in their own territory. There are more troops manning military bases overseas with the top five countries accounting for 147,600 troops. I haven’t been able to find out how many troops they have deployed elsewhere in the world but just these commitments come to 1,388,200 which leaves a potential fighting force – if all reservists were called up – of 1,271,800 troops.
Whilst these figures might suggest that the US, with it’s “superior” technology, has the upper hand a few things have to be taken into account. Firstly, it would be an invasion of a country halfway round the world. Logistically, this is difficult enough but Iran is one of the largest countries in the world in terms of both surface area and population. An “advantage” of 400,000 troops in an invasion of this size is worth jack shit – Iranian troops will be fighting on their own territory and with the help of hundreds of thousands of religious nut-jobs who will be more than happy to become a martyr to stop the zionist invaders.
Invading Iran would be the ultimate act of folly for the lunatic warmonger, George Bush. Not only would an invasion make the Soviet balls-up of Afghanistan in the 80’s look like a playground squabble, but the American military would be devastated, putting their own national security at risk.
So, pros and cons of invading Iran. Pros – the Americans wouldn’t be in a position to spread “peace” and “democracy” around the world for a very, very long time. Cons – global economic meltdown when the Americans spend 75% of the GDP on defence trying to get themselves out of the shit they got themselves into by invading in the first place and the power vacuum leaves the door wide open for another insane warmonger to establish themselves as the worlds policeman.
Which is the lesser of two evils? Tough call.
(The above figures are all available through Wikipedia with references to offical sources)