cube wrote:So why is it that no one takes anti ship missiles that seriously?
They are taken seriously, they are not treated as an "ultimate weapon" which they aren't.
The day that an aircraft carrier gets sunk by an anti-ship missile there will be a paradigm shift in naval strategy.
True enough. Let me know when it happens.
Ships are $$$ and losing one looks really bad on a captain's resume.
Losing one in battle does not look bad on your resume. Losing one by smacking it into a reef, now that looks bad. Running away from a fight because you're afraid of the enemy's capabilities when you have orders to engage will likely get you demoted, humiliated, shot, and dumped in a garbage bin; not necessarily in that order.
If Saddam had sunburn missiles the USA never would of parked aircraft carriers off the coast of Iraq flying in jet fighters and bombers inland at their leisure.
Note the permanent bases in Iraq... Gee I wonder what those are for. Kinda hard to sink a concrete airstrip on land with a <500lb warhead.
Saddam is being ridiculed on TV daily in his own country. Even if he's not convicted on any particular count, there are thousands upon thousands of counts of murder that they can bring, one after the other to keep him in court until he dies of a stroke, foaming at the mouth like the rabid dog he is.