General Mark McCarley on the attack on Iran: If they hit you, you hit back

Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Army Training Command and Doctrine Mark McCarley points out that it is necessary for American leaders to gather the necessary intelligence on the latest developments on the ground in the Middle East as soon as possible

by Sededin Dedovic
General Mark McCarley on the attack on Iran: If they hit you, you hit back
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The Israeli attack on Iran's Isfahan was commented to CNN by retired US Army Major General Mark McCarley, former deputy chief of staff for Army Training and Doctrine Command. McCarley points out that it is necessary for American leaders to collect the necessary intelligence on the latest developments on the ground as soon as possible.

"I think the most important thing for American leaders is to gather enough intelligence and information about what essentially happened on the ground." As I listened to you, I said to myself, this is not the time to unbutton my collar and say this whole thing is over, because there is, at least at this point, a reluctance or a decision by Iran not to launch a counterattack.

But I'm not sure we should jump to that conclusion right away. As we all know, the 'rule of the jungle' in that part of the world is 'if you get hit, you hit back' It's all about retaliation to show strength and maintain credibility.

So we may have some breathing room at this particular time. We can use it. But certainly, from Israel's perspective, Israel must maintain its vigilance and perhaps this matter will dissipate. But I doubt it," McCarley said. When asked by a journalist, if these drones penetrated this deep into Iranian territory, what would that tell him about Iran's anti-missile defense, McCarley says that it indicates that Iran's capabilities are not what they represent.

"It just suggests to me that the Iranians don't have the most modern anti-missile defense and air defense systems that Israel has, in many ways, introduced with our (US) help. So if the Iranians are defending themselves with limited S-300 batteries from Russia, it appears that they were ineffective against this drone attack.

Assuming we just don't know enough, we don't know the number of alleged drones that may have been sent by Israel. Once that information is clear, then we'll do some sort of battle damage and ability assessment. And that will give us, and it will certainly give the Israelis, a deeper understanding of the effectiveness of the entire Iranian air defense system," says McCarley.

McCarley also believes that the deep penetration into Iranian territory is an Israeli message that is well thought out in the Israeli war cabinet and that it practically means: "we can penetrate, don't try again, if you try again chaos will follow".

At this moment, the international community is expecting Washington's first reaction to this attack after Tel Aviv was warned not to proceed with an attack on Iranian territory.

An Iranian surface to surface Ghasedak missile is driven past portraits of Irans late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah© Majid Saeedi / Getty Images

Iranian media published footage and photos of scenes of daily life in the country on Friday after an airstrike hit Isfahan province.

Air defenses intercepted three drones, an Iranian official said, following reports of explosions near a military base in the central region. Following the report, Iranian state media showed residents walking near Isfahan landmarks such as Naksh-e Jahan Square and along the Zaiandeh Rud River, while traffic was normal in the city, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Isfahan airport was operating normally after airports across the country were closed earlier, according to Tasnim news agency. Meanwhile, in the northwestern city of Tabriz — where air defenses have also been activated — footage shows normal traffic and pedestrians in parks and streets.

A senior Iranian official told Reuters that "Iran has no plan for immediate retaliation against Israel." Israel has not yet confirmed that it carried out an attack on Iran, and claims about the attack came from Washington.

On the other hand, Iran is trying to downplay reports that Israel carried out the attack. Just an hour ago, an Iranian analyst told Iranian state television that "the mini drones shot down by air defenses in Isfahan were operated by infiltrators from Iran." Israel is more than 1,000 miles from Isfahan, suggesting this was not a drone strike, Sky News military analyst Mitchell Clarke said, adding that Jericho-type missiles were "almost certainly" fired in the attack.

The Iranian news agency Tasnim published today a video of the nuclear facility in Isfahan, after reports that explosions were heard in that Iranian city and that air defenses were in effect.
As reported by the BBC, the video was published with the title that "Isfahan nuclear site is completely safe".

The video shows a man looking at his watch near the Isfahan Technology Center, and then the camera captures several soldiers standing around the air defense system. "At 4:45 we heard shots. Nothing was happening. It was anti-aircraft defense, I mean these people you see (on the video), and those over there (the position of the second air defense system)," said the reporter.

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