We have to surge our troops if we do a missile strike in case
Iran retaliates and we need a ground invasion. So when does Iran retaliate? After we pull our troops out. So when can we pull our troops out? Never.
So we have to surge to deal with retaliation from our strike,
but we can’t pull the troops out because the retaliation comes when they leave.
Same applies with military and civilian ships in the Persian
Gulf. They have to be pulled out until the risk of retaliation
is over. But the retaliation doesn’t happen until they come
back in the Gulf.
Its Catch-22 Iranian style. The way you cut this Gordian Knot is a ground invasion.