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As Egypt Decides Whether To Allow Iran Warships To Pass Suez, Here Is An Update Of US Naval Deployments

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Thu, 02/17/2011 - 17:53 | 971866 Caveman93
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Gulf of Tonkin...Dos. 

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 17:56 | 971881 covert
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iran is trying to conquor the mid east and is likely to succeed. if so, the king is toast.



Thu, 02/17/2011 - 18:14 | 971955 Cleanclog
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King Abdullah House of Saud?  What will the US do if Iran goes after Saudi Arabia?  That is the even bigger Q than defending Israel.  Israel will be looking at nuclear option if that SA starts to get fired up.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:07 | 972150 Quantum Nucleonics
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Saudia Arabia has a quite formidable military.  It has one of the best air forces in the world.  Certainly no cake walk for Iran.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:25 | 972190 spongeBOB
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"It has one of the best air forces in the world. "

Not really and thier army is not that great either but in a war against Iran, most of the Gulf and Arab states will be involved, not to  mention the US.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:28 | 972204 andybev01
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...and viola!, no more economic crisis as attention shifts to global destruction.

A favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-8j8c7iL3E

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:38 | 972244 spongeBOB
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war is good for the economy. More green shoots.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 20:43 | 972492 Yen Cross
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Funny. You are warped. You know that? Right?

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 20:53 | 972527 Pure Evil
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With crimson as the compost.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 22:14 | 972829 downwiththebanks
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Blood makes the grass grow.




Fri, 02/18/2011 - 01:43 | 973255 Broken_Trades
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I work in Libya - Was there when Tunisa went over, left just as Egypt started.  Was wondering when I was going to hear this on the news:




Big Riots in Benghazi and 4 other cities today. Gunshots fired in Benghazi - Its the second biggest city in Libya.  When I drove through there about 2 months ago, there was an endless sea of construction where brand new apartments were being constructed.  Anyone can move in - Socialist paradise.  You can buy a brand new Hyundai Tucson there for 12,000 LYD for about 9000 USD.  Ghedaffi as far as I knew was keeping lots of people with money in their pockets.

Someone do an analysis on Libya please.  Need to know if I will still have a job next month :-)



Thu, 02/17/2011 - 20:26 | 972435 gmrpeabody
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"It has one of the best air forces in the world."

So did the Shaw of Iran.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 08:05 | 973517 ArrestBobRubin
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Sherman can tell you it's spelled Shah.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 18:51 | 972058 kaiten
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of course iran will succeed in conquering the middle-east, but with such a help it´s no brainer

let´s sum it up:

- first, Bush handed them over Iraq, and now

- Ben is handing them over the whole middle-east

no-brainer, really

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:32 | 972202 spongeBOB
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Iraq was considered the last line of defense against the Iranian revolution.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 20:56 | 972545 Pure Evil
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Well, if I remember correctly, the Nazis bit off more than they could chew when they conquered Western Europe, tried for North Africa, and then imploded in the Soviet Union.

My guess is, with dissent running rampant in Iran, the Iranian Mullahs have their hands full without trying to take over the Middle East.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 01:05 | 973198 Oh regional Indian
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Pure, I think "with manufactured dissent running rampant in Iran" would have been closer to the mark.

Nothing spontaneous about what is going on in the ME.

Just a massive planned de-stabilization scenario coming to a head.

And something big has to "give" to channel so much energy. I doubt Hosni's departure of a despot here or there gone will be enough.



Fri, 02/18/2011 - 01:47 | 973260 Djirk
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Who has their hands full? Iraq, Afghanistan......

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 01:51 | 973267 Djirk
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Who has their hands full? Iraq, Afghanistan......

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 22:36 | 972896 Japhy Ryder
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You people need to see the bigger picture.

This is about the poor Shi'ite people repressed by the rich Sunni, which maybe finally ending.

Iran is THE Shi'ite led Country.  Iraq just became one.  Lebanon is becoming one.  Saudi Arabia, with a Shi'ite majority will soon have an uprising.

USA loves Sunni's because we paid them all off.

Make no mistake, this is the overdue Shi'ite uprising. 


Thu, 02/17/2011 - 22:53 | 972942 Stuart
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who is more repressive towards women, Sunni or Shi'ite?  

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 22:57 | 972954 downwiththebanks
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White Capital.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 18:31 | 971994 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Reischtag, Pearl Harbour, Ton 'Kin, WTC ('93), Murrow Building, WTC ('01), Shoe Bomber, London 7/7, Underwear bomber, CIA building....

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 18:37 | 972027 Harmonious_Diss...
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Thu, 02/17/2011 - 18:59 | 972123 ZakuKommander
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Remember . . . the Maine.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:12 | 972161 Careless Whisper
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naval deployments? pfffftt. better to keep track of google deployments.


Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:34 | 972209 frippy
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Solid list and I must add Operation Northwoods and The Tuskegee Experiment.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 20:37 | 972468 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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"Failed":  Portland Christmas Tree, Times Square, and operation Northwoods

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:53 | 972303 TeamAmerica
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Pearl Harbor?   Except for the Reichstag your whole list is BS anyway...but Pearl Harbor, as if you think the Japanese just claimed that they bombed it?   And I suppose Hitler didn't really declare war on the USA either...

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 22:23 | 972857 downwiththebanks
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You're a liar and propagandist.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:14 | 972166 bankonzhongguo
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Strait of Hormuz is a vastly more fragile shipping corridor.  There's more than 500 Haiying/Sadsack/indigenous anti-ship missiles across the Iranian coast.  Why everyone gets their panties in a bunch on this 2 ship Love Boat deal is beyond me.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 21:00 | 972565 Pure Evil
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Maybe, just because, Saudi Arabia is building pipelines to the Red Sea?

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 23:05 | 972947 Lower Class Elite
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I rode an old steam destroyer through the Straits during Desert Storm. No CIWS, just Killer Cooks on .50 cals and two 18 year old Army grunts with Stingers. We had live missiles on the rails and pointed to starboard, ready to shoot. I just remember thinking how beautifully stark the Iranian coastline was and how utterly fucked we would be if anyones trigger finger twitched. No time to react, just watch the pretty white contrails arch towards your ship. Other than the free-floating mines, that was by far the sketchiest, scariest part of that whole deployment for me. I don't care how awesome your technology or weapons systems are, the Straits of Hormuz is a dangerous place. Of course, the Suez Canal is no place to get in a shootout either...

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 01:40 | 973246 Arthor Bearing
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What do you think the USS Abraham Lincoln is doing in Singapore? Left a hot area in the Middle East to go there too

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 17:31 | 975620 Carl Spackler
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Sailor rest and morale building?

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 17:53 | 971868 Harmonious_Diss...
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A nice escalation of wars in the middle east and a new season of Jersey Shore is just what the doctor ordered to deflect attention from the insane food price increases.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 17:58 | 971880 mynhair
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Egypt is waiting for that US check to clear, as referenced in an earlier thread.

It bounces, and Israel steps up to the plate.

I am so sick of the Mid-East, I would welcome a glass factory.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 18:09 | 971929 MsCreant
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You don't have a straw long enough to drink that milkshake. We need that milkshake.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:16 | 972172 Hephasteus
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Yup. Cause drilling for oil is not fun when you are on chemo drugs. It's pretty physical stuff. Not something the wheelchair and walker brigade can handle well.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 17:58 | 971886 Bastiat
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Won't be a reaction: everyone in the m/e will be in a coma soon:

Rumours Honsi Mubarak may be in a coma

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/frail-honsi-mubarak-may-be-in-a-coma/story-e6frfku0-1226006677173#ixzz1EFw4tXT9

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Former Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali suffered a stroke and was in a coma in a Saudi Arabian hospital, a French online journalist reported.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/02/17/Ben-Ali-reportedly-in-coma-after-stroke/UPI-86441297956230/#ixzz1EFwA92td



Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:19 | 972181 Dont Taze Me Bro
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That's crazy if it turns out to be true. You'd think with the billions they stole, they'd have better personal security.

If I was an ex-m/e dictator right now, I'd be extra cautious in taking any food or drinks from strangers. Heck, don't eat or drink anything that's not pre-packaged and bought from random stores.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 21:05 | 972580 serotonindumptruck
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You too can be a "food-taster" for one of the elite. Granted, the job may only pay about $20 an hour, but hey, the food is probably quite delicious, even if it is poisoned.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:35 | 972223 andybev01
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Reminds me of the mid-80's when a string of Soviet leaders succumbed to the 'flu'.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 21:10 | 972598 Pure Evil
Thu, 02/17/2011 - 22:31 | 972885 Bringin It
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Happens all the time.

Hours before Casey was scheduled to testify before Congress related to his knowledge of Iran-Contra, he was reported to have been rendered incapable of speech, and was later hospitalized.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 18:00 | 971890 gwar5
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We have a secret weapon, it's called Obama. He will charm them and promise not to pat down muslims.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 18:01 | 971896 mynhair
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Therein lies the problem.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 19:02 | 972133 Quantum Nucleonics
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Neville Chamberlain comes to mind... "peace in our time."

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 20:32 | 972459 gmrpeabody
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Rodney..."can't we all just get along?"

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 00:27 | 973113 Terminus C
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"Don't taze me bro..."


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