d: "Iran is a paper tiger" Based on what assessment, exactly? Because we certainly do have an example from 2006 that shows that the IDF are nowhere near as good as they thought they were, and the events of Cast Lead to show that the IDF are a bunch of scaredy cats. I have no doubt that the USA Armed Forces could kick Iran's butt any day of the week. But the IDF? Doubtful. Very doubtful.
Report: Palestinian, 18, killed in clashes with IDF in West Bank (Haaretz)
from the article: Cries of 'hold me back' may lead Israel to strike Iran