Iran claims to have Caspian sub fleetAugust 27, 2012
The Bug Pit, back from its long summer hiatus, makes note of a recent proclamation by an Iranian admiral that the Islamic Republic has deployed light submarines to the Caspian Sea. Take the claim with a grain of salt, but it makes more sense to deploy subs to protect their oil and gas claims in a place where they would have regional superiority, than to risk losing them trying to take out a US carrier. The latter would make a bigger splash, but the former would have greater strategic utility. Indeed, if the mullahs are eager for a war to humiliate a US ally and to demonstrate the limits of American power, a campaign against Azerbaijan makes sense (much as Russia used its 2008 war against Georgia to intimidate other US allies in the Black Sea/Transcaucasus). Iran can continue supporting the low intensity conflict against Israel while scoring a blow against US regional prestige and planting doubts about US power in the minds of the Israelis.