Iran Video: The American Lasers of Doom

As we build up the Video section on EA WorldView, an analysis from April:

The Pentagon has announced that a new laser weapon will be placed aboard a destroyer, the USS Ponce, to deter Iranian boats from attacking the US fleet in the Persian Gulf.

I assess the propaganda angle: “The Pentagon needed to thump its chest” after the current US budget dispute prompted the withdrawal of one of two American aircraft carriers from the Gulf.

There’s the tactical angle: if Israel were to attack Iranian nuclear installations, a likely response from Tehran would be the deployment of the small boats in the Gulf.

And then there’s some advice for our American propaganda warriors, given that a “ponce” is a man who living off the earnings of women of ill repute:

Guys, you just put your experimental laser aboard a Pimp Ship.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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