US Officials Determine Israel’s Iron Dome Totally Useless Against Hezbollah Attacks

The Iron Dome sure did cost US taxpayers a lot of money.

Interestingly, it also appears to be totally worthless.

It can’t even stop Hamas, let alone Hezbollah or Iran.

Was this money all just embezzled? Or is this the real Iron Dome?

Total US spending on the Iron Dome is allegedly only $2.6 billion. It seems to have been a lot more money than that. But paying a foreign country $2.6 billion for a missile defense system that doesn’t work seems really irresponsible, even if that is the full amount.

Why was the US paying for Israeli defense in the first place?

Does anyone know?

Has anyone ever asked?

The Guardian:

Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile batteries risk being overwhelmed in the opening strikes of any significantly escalated conflict with Hezbollah.

The assessment delivered by US officials late last week, echoing recent analysis by experts in Israel and the United States, comes amid fears that a war with Hezbollah could be a far more dangerous undertaking than the devastating 2006 second Lebanon war, when Israeli bombing caused huge destruction in Lebanon.

The US and France are leading diplomatic efforts to avert a wider conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, amid fears that escalating rhetoric and exchanges of fire across the border could lead to full-scale war.

Are there fears of that? Or does everyone know it’s a foregone conclusion?

Because I’ve been saying it’s a foregone conclusion, and that is also what the Israelis are saying.

On Friday, Kuwait’s foreign ministry warned its citizens to avoid travelling to Lebanon and urged those already in the country to leave. There are also reports that officials in the Biden administration told an Israeli delegation in Washington that America would offer security assistance in the event of a wider conflict, while António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, called for “reason and rationality” to avoid potentially catastrophic consequences for the region and the world.

Guterres didn’t actually “call” for that.

He “mumbled” for it through a mouth full of very expensive French pastries.

Since 2006, Hezbollah, the world’s best-armed non-state group, has significantly expanded its arsenal and capabilities, including acquiring suicide drones which Israel has struggled to counter, an anti-aircraft missile capability and a widely expanded array of missiles which experts now believe number between 120,000 and 200,000.

While Hezbollah’s general secretary, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has said his group can count on 100,000 armed men, its core military strength probably amounts to around a third of that, but with a significant number having had combat experience in Syria.

It is the scale of Hezbollah’s missile arsenal, however, and an operational doctrine for their use in a major conflict with Israel, that is likely to be most challenging.

While the majority of Hezbollah’s stockpile comprises tens of thousands of unguided missiles – both short and long range – since 2006 it has acquired hundreds of guided ballistic missiles, with the ability to fire them from hardened bunkers and from mobile launchers.

Yeah, think about the cellphone you had in 2006.

Technology has really changed a lot since 2006.

I don’t know why that is so complicated for think tanks to understand, but they really, really have a hard time wrapping their heads around it.

Complicating the issue has been Hezbollah’s increasing and effective use of drones, including kamikaze weapons, which Israel’s existing air defences have struggled to counter.

A three-year research project by Reichman University’s Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel, completed not long before the Hamas attack on 7 October, concluded Hezbollah could fire up to 3,000 missiles a day, a rate that could be sustained for up to three weeks. Its key aim would be to force the collapse of Israel’s air defences.

But it wouldn’t just be the aim. It would easily do it.

Israel’s only option – as they well know – would be to invade the country.

The expectation of the public and of a significant portion of the leadership, that the Israeli Air Force and effective Israeli intelligence systems will succeed in preventing most of the rocket attacks on Israel, will be shattered,” the report said. “This is also the case regarding the public’s belief that the threat of Israeli retaliation or a substantial Israeli attack on significant Lebanese assets will force Hezbollah to cease fire or significantly impair their ability to continue attacking Israeli territory.”

Why does the public have that expectation?

Why does the public think technology is the same right now as it was in 2006?

Who is making these claims?

Did anyone notice that the Houthis are overpowering the US Navy now?

It’s not 2006 anymore.