When Boomer (born 1943-1960) GW Bush went to war, it was in traditional land-force “invasion” mode with trumpets blaring. When Generation X (born 1961-1981) Obama goes to war, it is with multiple levels of stealth, subterfuge, and deniability. Our assassin predator missions are way up. Our anti-terror surrogates are training in a still-growing number of countries. And now—to prevent or at least slow down Iran’s race to get nukes—we are apparently waging a full-scale commando assault just under the radar. News stories report mysterious explosions in Iranian factories, odd fatal “accidents” befalling top Iranian scientists, faulty alloys showing up in imported equipment, and horribly destructive computer viruses eating away at computers in Tehran. At some point, I suppose, Iran could just say, OK, we’ll declare war. But what’s clever about Obama’s approach is that the Iranian leadership may figure that, to declare war without any overt and large-scale aggression, may make them look weak. I wonder if it will work.
A great book will someday be written about this campaign. I love the description in the article about how you attack Iranian computers that are deliberately left off the net. You actually have to get someone to physically insert a thumb drive. Reminds me of the final scene in “Independence Day.”