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US Naval Update: Enterprise Is Second Aircraft Carrier To Reinforce Persian Gulf, Kearsarge In Pursuit Of Iranians

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In this week's naval update, the focus is naturally once again on the Middle East. After the focus last week was on the Red Sea, where Kearsarge and Enterprise had attempted to block off the Iranian warships, now that the Iranian ships have passed into the Mediterranean, LHD 3 Kearsarge is hot on their heels, and will likely pass the Suez any minute. At the same time the Enterprise has joined the recently redeployed CVN 70 Carl Vinson, both of which are now reinforcing the Persian Gulf and specifically the Straits of Hormuz. It appears that the US is now firmly focusing on the Iranian theater of operations. Lastly, LHD 4 Boxer has just left SanDiego "for a scheduled seven month deployment to the US 7th and 5th fleet." Good luck getting to Bahrain in time.

Source: Stratfor


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Wed, 02/23/2011 - 20:57 | 991011 The Count
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CVN 70 bitchez! And while you are there, CVN, take out all those Somali pirate villages. Never understood why the U.S. is pussyfooting around with freakin pirates anyway or does the umbrella of political correctness now cover scum?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:14 | 991064 SDRII
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The pirates have as much to do with the US being in the Indian Ocean theater as A/Q has to do with the US being in Pakistan. Think about it

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:46 | 991156 DosZap
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Think about it.

I have, if there is one place we should be, its in Paki, AQ cannot be allowed to take the nukes in Paki, and they will.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:14 | 991261 dumpster
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AQ cannot be allowed to take the nukes in Paki, and they will.


AQ means the stinking toilet ,, get with the program ,, AQ is a made up model by the CIA.. 

sure some one wants nukes maybe to stop the insane killing by drones sent from america .

AQ did this ..AQ did that ,, they have programed your brain with pavlovian dog sift

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:45 | 991383 High Plains Drifter
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We should remove all troops from these places and all ships and the size of the armed forces reduced significantly immediately.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:07 | 991669 Oh regional Indian
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Exactly HPD. And stranger still that Al CIAda gets even a mention here.

As do runaway/secret/unstable nukes. Because the most famous incident of run-away nukes happened in the US recently. In fact, no one knows what really happened then either.

I appreciate the many vets here, clearly knowledgable about the vast US Ironclad fleet, but I'll tell you this, the meek will inherit the earth, david vs. goliath.... all allegorical tales. When I see the US armed forces (seen a US foot soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan? Loaded with crap, LOADED. Jack be nimble? Hardly!) I see Goliaths everywhere.

A soft underbelly is no match for one full of fire. There is nothing the US military is fighting for. How can there be fire int he belly?

They really should all coome home. Boys with toys.


Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:10 | 991676 bmwm395
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We should send people like you over to talk to them. You obviously have an understanding of these people. Maybe even some common ground. you could have tea and some nice goat cheese. In the end when all the talking is done, they will cut your head off.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:36 | 991120 IQ 145
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 for the poster; After the focus last week on the Red Sea,---" Not, "After the focus last week was on the Red Sea,---". The rest of the sentence-paragraph, or whatever it is; is truly horrible. If you can't be bothered to become literate in English, couldn't you hire some one who is literate in English?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:25 | 991303 Former Sheeple
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Skrools oot put the red pen down Diq 1.45, peese chk my pellin. English is 2nd language for many at ZH, so ease up teach

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:32 | 991340 dumpster
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an IQ of 145 .. but anal retentive.

Get out your red pencil. Play with the term papers in your back room hide-a-way. 

Probably with old dark wood panels . with a moose head on the wall.


and who else gives a sift ,

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:37 | 991123 lsd
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i just got terrorized by cops after leaving a coin shop. it's probably nothing but has anyone had similar experience?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:39 | 991134 The Count
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anyone investing in gold or silver is not a patriot and therefor a potential terrorist....capice?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:42 | 991150 pazmaker
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Isd,  what do you mean by terrorized/  what di they do specifically?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:51 | 991612 lsd
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i'ts probably nothing, but it got me wondering..I'm walking in to a coin shop ,two guys appear ,appraisal,she asks me for i.d.(?),no i.d., i tell her i'll come back with it, walk out the door and ,boom.they hug me tight.questions,lack of respect for fellowman,the drill i guess.after 20 min. of pure harassment they say its fine and i can perplexed

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:17 | 991689 serotonindumptruck
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Well, it certainly sounds as if someone is tripping their balls off.

Seriously dude, did these guys identify themselves as law enforcement?

You've got a possible civil action here if this is legit.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 01:40 | 991935 lsd
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i don't  walk like that.

1. waste of time if you play their game (walk away if you can)

2. if you can't ,try to minimize the domage (less resistance less friction)


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:47 | 991161 DosZap
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Did you go in and out with a firearm?.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:47 | 991398 UncleFester
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Taxman gonna getcha...let 'em work, let 'em live...gotta generate that revenue!  AKA feeding on the baitball and it was just your turn.

I Fester

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:58 | 991428 yabyum
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Did they refuse to but your neighbor's dead grandma's silver setting??

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:16 | 991240 SparkyvonBellagio
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How about starting with the irritant of that region,,,,, Israel.

The USA has ZERO reason to have ever been in that part of the World except a few Israeli's living in the USA with NO BALLS TO DEFEND THAT AREA THEMSELVES, butttttt wait THEY need some assistance to protect their homeland.

With that group owning most of the Media and Financial world, they get their home country protected by the USA which is basically held captive to their cash. 

Why the HELL IS THE USA THERE?  Please explain... and unless everyone has some REALLY EXCEPTIONAL REASONING.... it's only because US Jewish folk buy that protection with their B.S. influence.  It's not even because they spend the money to buy the protection. It's because they own the media and financial world.  

I say every Jewish US Citizen with relatives in Israel, under the age of 59 actually go back and fight to protect it.

Why is the US involved?  Why should Americans die to protect Israel?  If the USA must, then send Jewish Americans with relatives in Israel to fight that battle. 

It's NOT OUR PROBLEM,,, at least it shouldn't be.

They're the ones that PISSED OVER THE ENTIRE REGION 1000s of years ago. 

One adage makes the most sense- "WHERE THERE IS SMOKE THERE IS FIRE"

Why does the US have to cover their asses/their mistakes for things done to people 1000s of years to present time?

When they were pissing off the globe, the USA was a far distant 'undiscovered' by caucasian land. Even though the inuit people had been living there for 1000's of years, but Hey Columbus gets the credit. LOL Oh yeah, he discovered it. Only the USA Govt is dumb enough to host/have a Holiday for that Ponzi discoverer of far away lands.

The only more Criminal Act facing US Citizens is what the Bankers have done to the US economy and society.

Oh wait, Most of them are 'Just Doing Gods Work' and yep most are _______ too!



Fair is Fair, let them pay for and fight their OWN WARS. The USA has protected their asses long enough. Let the chips fall where they may. Goodluck.



Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:16 | 991275 Randall Cabot
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Hmmm...makes sense.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:39 | 991356 Rodent Freikorps
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End NATO. Fuck Europe.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:07 | 991668 The Count
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what you dont know? the US government incl. the non government FED are Jewish puppets! just take a look at how many committees are chaired by jews. They have a gigantic amount of power in Washington. 

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:39 | 991756 SparkyvonBellagio
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They'll defend, protect, and promote their own inner-circle, they're brave just as long as they don't actually have to do physical battle. They just get the other religious groups kids to do their fighting for them over some Friggin sandbox.


Blacks/Hispanics/Whites/Asians/ you name it, they're fighting Jewish caused battles. OVER AND OVER. Kinda pisses me off.


It sure seems that 99% of the World has issues with them.

Hmmmmmmm wonder why? They're such 'givers'. LOL



Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:46 | 991776 Ahmeexnal
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I wonder how much does the JPM/Rockefeller/Ratzinger mafia pay these idiots to spew this hate crap. Sorry pal, this ain't no czarist Russia. Nobody believes your lies. This time around the mobs will go after the real power elite. Starting with those hiding out in the Vatican.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:57 | 991801 SparkyvonBellagio
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Good, All Religions are basically the Greatest World Scourge ever invented by man.

Most people need a good Lie/Con to hang onto just to get through the day.


I hope they do what you suggest.  See if you can put in for it to be done by this weekend, that way the World is closer to healing itself, but only after they destroy/breakdown/tear apart the TBTF Banks.




Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:36 | 991745 serotonindumptruck
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"...Even though the inuit people had been living there for 1000's of years..."

Manifest Destiny, baby!

Of course, that sort of philosophy is every bit as unlawful as that insignificant scrap of paper known as the Balfour Declaration, but hey, who's keeping score? 

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:50 | 991785 SparkyvonBellagio
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Why didn't the Brits just give them land in South London or hell why not Ireland. Catch them sleeping after a "big" holiday celebration.... like any Thursday.... LOL






Thu, 02/24/2011 - 01:07 | 991836 serotonindumptruck
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I nominate McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Sort of like a leper colony, eh?

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 04:39 | 992126 Charlie Bravo
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You know, all you really had to do was simply tell folks that you hate Israel, Sparky. There's no need to grease us up with horseshit nonsense.

Charlie Bravo


Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:43 | 993755 pslater
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+1 again and again

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 20:57 | 991015 papaswamp
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As the president has no idea what to do....

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:02 | 991029 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Did he ever?

But really though, where is the guy?  Did someone steal his teleprompter?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:05 | 991038 fragrantdingleberry
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Didn't you hear? The House Repubs defunded his teleprompter.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:26 | 991093 Michael
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Some in The Navy remember what the Israelis did to the USS Liberty. No one in the US Navy wants to defend Israel.

Dead In The Water - The Sinking of the USS Liberty

"During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats. Israel claimed that the whole affair had been a tragic accident based on mistaken identification of the ship. The American government accepted the explanation. For more than 30 years many people have disbelieved the official explanation but have been unable to rebut it convincingly. Now, Dead in the Water uses startling new evidence to reveal the truth behind the seemingly inexplicable attack. The film combines dramatic reconstruction of the events, with new access to former officers in the US and Israeli armed forces and intelligence services who have decided to give their own version of events. Interviews include President Lyndon Johnson's Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara, former head of the Israeli navy Admiral Shlomo Errell and members of the USS Liberty crew."


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:40 | 991140 Max Hunter
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Let us NEVER forget !!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:44 | 991152 Michael
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What comes around goes around. A perfect example of Karma you Israeli bitches.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:50 | 991781 Ahmeexnal
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You are a sad human being.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 07:43 | 992230 Shylockracy
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Yes, poor Michael, after half a century of philosemitic brainwashing and his brain hasn't surrendered yet. It is hopeless, it seems.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:07 | 991040 Harmonious_Diss...
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On the golf course, sneaking smokes behind the trees in the rough, naturally. Prob. sucking them down, too. But needs to hide his habit, lest some secret service man tells wifey...

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:12 | 991058 Problem Is
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Yeah... Life's a bitch when you can't find your damn birth certificate...

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:29 | 991103 nonclaim
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Yeah, but he compensates that with multiple SSNs...

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:37 | 991127 fragrantdingleberry
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I don't give a shit where Obama was born but why would he spend millions of dollars defending the birthers' lawsuit instead of just producing his actual long form Hawaii birth certificate instead of the short form version we've all seen?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:50 | 991168 DosZap
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Because it is not THERE.

Period end of story.The Governor, and the MAyor(friends of OWhammy) say they literally cannot FIND one.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:51 | 991174 Rodent Freikorps
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This way he get to play the Birthers, And Anyone Who Thinks Like Them, Are Just Conspiracy Believing Nutjobs, angle. It isn't all that hard when the entire MFM has your back.

He is all about divide and destroy. Why do people think he has anything but hate for the US?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:30 | 991331 fragrantdingleberry
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Why would the son of a Kenyan communist who fought against British colonialism and studied the history of racial oppression hate America?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:12 | 991443 nonclaim
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Because, in the end, America proved his hatred for the country to be wrong by allowing him to become president. What more hateful than be proved wrong before the world?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:44 | 991585 Eally Ucked
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Do you ask for Rahm birth certificate?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:13 | 991059 Common_Cents22
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He can't wait til his 2012 papers get filed next week.  Then forget being President and governing, he gets to campaign for President again!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:17 | 991070 topcallingtroll
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Not a chance.

He will have to show his long form hospital birth certificate in at least one state.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:25 | 991075 Common_Cents22
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I doubt he'd file if the fix wasn't in.   The tempermental rock star would not take the chance of being embarrassed by piddly paperwork :)    That would be a fantasy come true if he was ruled ineligible, almost as good as the Dahm triplets, well, not really.


Early on he'd make references to one term, as if he was worried about it.  Haven't heard those references lately.  Either he has the fix or he has resigned to the fact that he cant run and will get some excuse(cover) to not run.  "i have done my job."   "health reasons"  "higher calling"  who knows what.

I'd be shocked that he entered the fray and gets nailed on something.   He's too arrogant and insecure to let that happen.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:41 | 991149 Rodent Freikorps
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He'll run, and he'll win because 51% of the population, by that time, will be dependent on Uncle Sam for funds to eat.

America is no longer exceptional. Scratch the average American these days and you'll find a European socialist underneath. It is the end of times.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 07:13 | 992203 fajensen
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No, you would not: Europeans are generally not mean and spiteful people like most Americans are!

That is why there is no real rebellion left in America: The hate-thy-competition slave-mentality causes everyone to rat out anyone else trying to start one to curry personal favor with Massa. All that is left are small personal rebellions where single people shoot up school or work as part of their suicide attempt. Sad, really.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 09:16 | 992360 Rodent Freikorps
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It isn't that simple. If the protesters in question are commies, I'd happily help TPTB gut shoot them and laugh at their screams while they died.

Darwin would demand it.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:27 | 991099 serotonindumptruck
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Perhaps he's a half mile deep underneath Cheyenne Mountain.

DEFCON 2, bitchez!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:15 | 991062 Michael
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The President is in over his head. That's what you get when you elect an imbecile.

Here's a solution to pirates Mz President;  Letter of Marque and Reprisal

"In the days of fighting sail, a Letter of Marque and Reprisal was a government license authorizing a private vessel to attack and capture enemy vessels, and bring them before admiralty courts for condemnation and sale. Cruising for prizes with a Letter of Marque was considered an honorable calling combining patriotism and profit, in contrast to unlicensed piracy which was universally reviled. The French used the term lettre de course for their letters of marque, giving rise to the term corsair. Letter of Marque can sometimes describe the vessel itself: a "Letter of Marque" generally refers to a lumbering square-rigged cargo carrier that might pick up a prize if the opportunity arose, whereas a "privateer" was a fast and weatherly fore-and-aft rigged vessel heavily armed and heavily crewed, intended exclusively for fighting.

A "letter of marque and reprisal" would involve permission to cross an international border to effect a reprisal (take some action against an attack or injury) authorized by an issuing jurisdiction to conduct reprisal operations outside its borders."

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 20:59 | 991022 Caviar Emptor
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Better be ready for double duty in Pakistan. Does the missile shield cover boats?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:01 | 991028 virgilcaine
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Things are starting to fall in place, soften up the Iranians with massive air strikes let the students take over.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:24 | 991089 Rodent Freikorps
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ObaMao likes  anti-American dictators. He'd be more likely to bomb the students.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:28 | 991098 Ray1968
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ZH has said many times before that war is the best distraction for a dying economy and dying currency. Prepare for the bloodshed folks!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:42 | 991145 The Count
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dont need ZH for that insight. its the oldest trick in the book along with creating a problem and then promising to 'get rid of it'.



Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:07 | 991664 Rich_Lather
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ZH comment zone has turned into a clusterfuck of ditto heads.

Organize and provide a solution and PAC or party rather than wasting your time and effort trying to out do each other on sarcastic wit, which clearly none of you posses.

We all behave like children of the television. This is why we rarely protest organically without some union boss dictating action.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 01:19 | 991864 serotonindumptruck
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"Organize and provide a solution and PAC or party rather than wasting your time and effort trying to out do each other on sarcastic wit, which clearly none of you posses."

I'm sorry, was that a piece of sarcastic wit?


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:38 | 991318 dumpster
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 soften up the Iranians \\


please some one should take you aside and soften up your thick head,,


the problem is not Iran,   its the small stinking country that bombs the crap out of kids , kills Americans.  Has H Clinton bowing and scraping.  

lies, has big nuke program refuse to sign treatys , 

Iran just goes about its business as the treaties allow, 

and the mighty press buggers up the whole  thing while the American public swallows it hook line and sinker , 

maybe someone would like a war to distract from the fraud of american banks , the fed, the politicians ,,

of course blame Iran.  

IQ  brains of 10 that do,.,,


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:35 | 991551 Michael
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Iran could borrow a few nukes from North Korea. That's what I would do.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:03 | 991032 Harmonious_Diss...
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Wow, some American Exports at work in the world economy.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:24 | 991090 Hugh G Rection
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You talking about our biggest export, inflation?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:46 | 991153 eddiebe
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Or fraud or weapons.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:10 | 991042 pauldia
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Yesterday I reported on Iranian Warships entered the Suez Canal. What had happened to the US warships that were boxing in the Iranian 'flotilla'? Why did Obama call off the watchdogs?

Thursday night, Feb. 17, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, escorted by missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and the fast supply ship USNS Arctic, headed south through the canal. By Friday morning, they were through and taking up position opposite the Kharg cruiser and Alvand missile destroyer of the Iranian Navy's 12th Flotilla, which were waiting to enter the Suez Canal at the southern Red Sea entrance.

So what happened? Did the plant in the White House call them off? Will we watch helplessly while the winds of war swirl around us all?

Iranian vessels which crossed Suez Canal carry "advanced Hezbollah weapons" -- Israel (Kuwait News Agency) 

 GAZA, Feb 22 (KUNA) -- The two Iranian naval ships which crossed the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Tuesday morning are carrying "advanced Hezbollah weapons," Maariv Israeli paper reported on Wednesday, citing sources.
The sources told the paper, "Estimates indicate the two ships are carrying missiles of different range, rifles, ammunition, and night-vision gear... The voyage of the two ships is an Iranian attempt to go around the arms embargo on Hezbollah." The paper also said that it is believed the voyage is an attempt on the part of the Iranians to "test the waters" with and gauge the responses of the Egyptian Supreme Military Council and its stance towards Tehran.
Israel had yesterday stressed it was keeping close eye on the progress of the vessels, knew their location precisely, and kept close contact with US officials to exchange views and assess the situation.
Israeli Premier Benyamin Netanyahu had earlier on Monday said Iran was trying to take advantage of the region's instability to expand its influence.
(end) mzt.wsa KUNA 231210 Feb 11NNNN

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:40 | 991141 fragrantdingleberry
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The Iranian vessels are rust buckets and will probably sink without any Israeli inducement.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:26 | 991308 Jerry Maguire
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Very true.  Not much of a threat, although they could be carrying small arms, which would be something of a concern.

Three carriers plus escorts to counter a couple of dated scows does seem a little excessive, though.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:32 | 991337 fragrantdingleberry
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If they get close enough, their wakes will swamp them.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:25 | 991314 Jerry Maguire
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Very true.  Not much of a threat, although they could be carrying small arms, which would be something of a concern.

Three carriers plus escorts to counter a couple of dated scows does seem a little excessive, though.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:10 | 991047 MichiganMilitiaMan
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Is there an ETF that shorts the Tadawul?  (sarcasm off)

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:10 | 991050 asteroids
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Use it or lose it! Soon enough fuel oil to power these boats will be prohibitive. If the dollar goes into the toilet those boats will come to a stop.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:26 | 991092 ziggy59
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enterprise is nuclear powered no?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:32 | 991107 Cpl Hicks
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Correct ...but still lots of petroleum products are used; jet fuel, lubricants, KY jelly (usage probably up now that DADT is history).

Hail to the Chief!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:27 | 991315 Randall Cabot
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Excuse me, you're repeating yourself, KY jelly is a lubricant.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:29 | 991100 Rodent Freikorps
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Carriers and subs are nuke powered.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:11 | 991052 joe.schmuck
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At least this is a better suited task for an aricraft carrier than its last job, which was shadowing the Quest, the four person yacht which was hijacked.,0,4581485.story

Using an aircraft carrier for chasing pirates, talk about overreach.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:30 | 991334 Randall Cabot
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Where's Rambo?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:15 | 991057 serotonindumptruck
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Perhaps we'll soon bear witness to the awesome destructive power of SS-N-22 Moskit.

Even if it begins with conventional weapons, it will escalate to non-conventional in very short order.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:22 | 991084 Korg
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Iran is delivering Biological weapons to Hezbollah for the missiles they already have. Its almost "go" time bitchez!

Unless you want to end up like Mubarak you better get your local Arab country on a war footing and attack the Joos...then the mobs will forget about riots and all that silly stuff...

And Israel is weak right now....they don't know what the hell is up with Egypt, that Iranian ship crossing took them by surprise and they didn't stop it, couldn't because mubarak is gone and now the rest of the Arabs are rising up so they see enemies all around but have yet to devise a plan to deal with it.

Strike while the iron is hot they say....

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:30 | 991109 Rodent Freikorps
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Want to awaken a sleeping giant? Attack Israel.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:47 | 991163 fragrantdingleberry
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Israel will declare "Broken Arrow" and annihilate the entire Middle East.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:55 | 991185 Rodent Freikorps
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Would anyone miss the Arabs and Persians? What do they add to the world?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:59 | 991203 New_Meat
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free-rat: you know better than this.

or you're like me in odd moments...

or you no play'a

- Ned

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:07 | 991236 Rodent Freikorps
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Individuals I can live with. The trend is what horrifies me. I am a slave to Chivalry. Maybe I just need to grow up.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:28 | 991265 Cistercian
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 Persian women are smoking hot....bigot.

  I would miss the Arabs and the Persians.I think the world needs everyone.

 Of course, zis izz not true if one izz a member off ze master race.

 Genocide, das tu dir gut.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:29 | 991322 Rodent Freikorps
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Dude. I adore Persian women. But, what do Persians MAKE that would be missed?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:34 | 991344 fragrantdingleberry
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Persian rugs?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:37 | 991354 Cistercian
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 The value of human beings does not lie in what they make.They have intrinsic value far beyond anything they can produce.Their being, alone, is enough.

 I guess a pat smart-ass answer would be "rugs", but historically the Persians have contributed much.Google it...they are actually pretty cool people.And unlike their current government, they are pretty accepting and open to new ideas.Don't judge them by the idiots currently in charge.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:53 | 991413 Cistercian
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 It is worth noting, since we are on the ZH that the Iranians do not play the central bank game.Which must really piss off TPTB.Which is pretty cool.

 The whole Sharia thing is FAIL, granted.But they really freak out for now, they are allies in the struggle against corp/mil/gov/intel dorks from hell.

  And the women are SMOKING HOT.


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:02 | 991439 Rodent Freikorps
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The only people I've ever failed to find hotties amongst is Palestinians.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:18 | 991488 Cistercian
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  I am sure there are, I have seen many Palestinian children that were adorable in various news photos.I suspect being occupied and viciously oppressed might put a damper on the whole fashion/uber vixen theme.Who needs fashion when starving for example?I would not expect you would be able to find great photos online of those poor women.FWIW I saw some strikingly beautiful ones in a documentary on the hell they experience under occupation....but I saw only their faces, they were otherwise veiled.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 07:22 | 992213 fajensen
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The pallies have about six times the income of the rest of the arabs due to foreign aid, they are hardly "starving" nor do they have anything to gain from peace - since they would then have to earn their money!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:56 | 991419 BrosMacManus
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funny looking cats?

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 05:01 | 992143 gravitas
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Lol. Well played sir.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:58 | 991195 serotonindumptruck
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"Broken Arrow: The accidental or unauthorized detonation, or possible detonation of a nuclear weapon (other than war risk) including the non-nuclear detonation or burning of a nuclear weapon; radioactive contamination; or seizure, theft, or loss of a nuclear weapon or component (including jettisoning)."

Not likely to happen.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:00 | 991209 fragrantdingleberry
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Broken Arrow also refers to calling an air strike on your own position when you are overrun.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:03 | 991222 New_Meat
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"Broken Arrow" has a longer history than that, why it goes back to the U.S. West.

I'm sure that you can figure out the rest...

- Ned

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:12 | 991262 serotonindumptruck
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Yes, I know. I grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Just outside of Tulsa.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 08:14 | 992263 New_Meat
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Lawton my adopted town

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:40 | 991138 serotonindumptruck
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This is not going to end well for the citizens of Planet Earth.

Russia is no doubt maintaining a naval presence in the Eastern Mediterrainian, considering their proximity to the Black Sea and their vested interests in Caspian Sea oil reserves.

Russia and China hold the military and economic trump cards.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:14 | 991061 Henry Chinaski
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Probably sending a buttload Marines into Libya too, to help get the oil workers out...

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:27 | 991095 Rusty Shorts
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"From the Halls of Montezuma

 To the Shores of Tripoli"

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:33 | 991114 Cpl Hicks
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Been there, done that.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:40 | 991137 New_Meat
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Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:32 | 991112 Rodent Freikorps
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Lybia is Italy's cross to bear. Maybe BP will loan them the money to invade.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:19 | 991074 buzzsaw99
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I can't believe that they publish this info.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:41 | 991143 JoeSexPack
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Yeah, me too. But, the carriers in port can't be hidden from cameras or satellites.

The one's at sea could easily make a few turns to fool us.

Then again, they're so big they can't hide from satellites. They've really been obsolete sitting ducks for decades.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:51 | 991172 New_Meat
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disinformation for the public.  Satellite real-time has all of the playa'z queued in to positioning.  Kinda' like POMO-capability is exposed; actions are within some unknown intent.

Given the confusion exposed in Washington--there is great confusion wrt intent.

I posit that the intent confusion is, well, intentional.

But no OPSEC disclosures in what we are/might be watching.  And under the TG "assignments" is serious planning on how to handle the 60/24/7 ... no the time scale doesn't go further ... situations.

- Ned

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:21 | 991080 BaboonAss
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Go Boxer! Go Boxer!

Flank speed! Flank speed!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:35 | 991350 Rusty Shorts
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"Man the whores!! Ramming Speed!!"

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:25 | 991087 ziggy59
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the US cant be so naive to chase 2" iranian warships" into club med. with serious firepower as a distraction by Iran? yes, they have other parts of the fleet there...seems weird  IMO.

like a israeli mistake is about to happen- just sayin


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:34 | 991116 Rodent Freikorps
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No shit. With our current CinC, it is possible the US ships are being used as escorts for the Iranian ships.

Crazy world.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:49 | 991399 Randall Cabot
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Interesting observation-they were protecting the Iranian ships from the israelis. But the Alex Jones crowd believes that Mubarak was kicked out because he wouldn't back an attack on Iran-there must be a bigger plan that ZOG doesn't want the israelis to screw up by jumping the gun.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:45 | 991590 serotonindumptruck
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A.J. is a colossal tool. He's a puppet for TPTB, and he's married to a jewess.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:28 | 991101 topcallingtroll
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It's just boys with their bathtub toys playing games. Nothing is going to happen but it is a very expensive game. I am ready to let women run the world even if they all are secret socialists. I dont see how they could do worse.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:38 | 991753 KevinB
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Buddy, I'm not saying all women are poor decision makers, but many are. The average American male is pretty bad with numbers; the average American woman is worse. Their views tend to be much more short term ("Oh that sounds good now!", "Well what about next year or the year after?", "Oh, they'll figure something out"). Worse, even though no woman wants to admit it, they tend to vote for the best looking candidate. That's a devastating combination - people with short term goals and poor numerical skills who are swayed by good teeth and nice hair.

A lot of people here think the problems began with the Fed; I think it started when we gave the ladies the vote. :}

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:36 | 991124 New_Meat
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Tyler, c'mon: Headline says

Enterprise Is Second Aircraft Carrier To Reinforce Persian Gulf, Kearsarge In Pursuit Of Iranians

... er ... the MED is not the "Persian Gulf".  And, well, gators don't go pursuin' most any warships.  And further, that 1/4" of aluminum isn't really good at stopping one bb.

Wrong trading firm, wrong security, wrong market--makes no sense.  (otoh, I'm new_meat in this venue wtf do i know?)

- Ned

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:39 | 991135 pauldia
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China has $1.2 Billion in Morgan Stanley.


Special report: China flexed its muscles using U.S. Treasuries

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:47 | 991162 pauldia
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Iranian proxies starting trouble on eve of arms delivery to Hezbolla? Can we expect rockets from the North if Iranian Naval Vessels searched?

Rocket falls on Beersheba; FM demands UN action be taken

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:02 | 991177 michigan independant
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Latency is a bitch, pulling the tail of a Wolf. Do not make us go 140 percent.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:15 | 991271 salimmk
Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:24 | 991301 Coldfire
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Yeah, because Iran is an existential threat to nuclear Israel. /sarc. Talk about the Big Lie. The opposite is true. Yet the Nobel Peace Prize winner reflexively commits American lives and borrowed treasure to a three-thousand year old desert blood feud that is none of our business while ignoring the genocide taking place in Libya.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:49 | 991596 SparkyvonBellagio
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The Middle East doesn't understand peace and never will.

They've been fighting since the beginning. 

I suggest the USA leave them alone and let them settle it for themselves.



The USA should NOT continue to be (and really never should have been) the Worlds Policeman.



Develop HOME GROWN Ethanol from HEMP (this is possible isn't it? Humboldt County would kill it), or Coal to Liquid, or just Nat Gas, solar, wind, or something in between.







Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:29 | 991329 working class dog
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It is obvious to me that Iran has a nuclear capability or at least a nuclear war tip torpedo and or dirty bomb capacity.

Even if they don't Israel does and they will shoot first and ask questons later.

Why are we there. To control the area to protect big oil interests, which are the same as the Saudis King. Keep the wealth coming in from America, and transfer some back to the corporate elites.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:44 | 991377 serotonindumptruck
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"...Keep the wealth coming in from America..."

Do you live in Israel?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:46 | 991390 ArkOmen1
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Methinks the Bernank's money printing is really drying up the tinder! Looks like countries are going to start making their end game moves as the dollar's days are now officially numbered. God help us all.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:46 | 991391 ZakuKommander
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Let's concentrate the naval power of the free world in the eastern Med to valiantly protect Israel from the antipathy of the Iranian armada, while letting a madman wreak havoc in Libya.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:35 | 991552 serotonindumptruck
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And what a massive, frightening armada it is!

I mean, seriously, an Iranian frigate and a support/supply vessel! That's some MAJOR firepower, baby!

Why, they could wipe out every country from Spain to Saudi Arabia with that kind of firepower.


Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:00 | 991645 SparkyvonBellagio
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Within moments of the mighty Iranian armada hitting their radars a mere 150 miles and closing, terror and fear overwhelmed the French vessel and crew of Le Lympbiscuit. Anderson Cooper watched in horror as she ran aground and impaled itself on a warm baguette.


Run Away! Run Away!


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:50 | 991404 americanspirit
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Let's see. Blow up the Iranian ships and their biological/chemical cargo. Cloud drifts eastward. Hmmm.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:04 | 991451 robertocarlos
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DO the Iranians have a reason to sink the Carl Vinson?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:12 | 991473 Rodent Freikorps
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It is mostly crewed by infidels? What more reason would the Iranians need?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:16 | 991479 JimboJammer
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Obama  is  a  Muslim.... He  could  attack

Israel  and  tell  CNN  "  Iran  did  it  "..

Who  would  know......

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:47 | 991593 Founders Keeper
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(A little off topic.)

If the disruption of Lybian oil to Europe threatens to topple the first domino igniting the (imminent) global financial/economic collapse, the US Navy will intervene in Libya---overtly or covertly.

IMO the US military or NATO will begin military operations in Libya within days.


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 23:51 | 991618 SparkyvonBellagio
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It's too late, the economic fabric has begun to unravel, protect yourself aka grow your own food, secure a clean source of drinking water and find a suitable place to take a shit- preferably in the mouths of the thieving TBTF Bankers.




Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:00 | 991647 Founders Keeper
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Agreed. Although, I prefer to take care of my "paperwork" over more sanitary arrangements.


Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:14 | 991682 chump666
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c'mon China step to it...send some ships too!  Bernake and Obama exporting inflation

we got the doomsday trade heating up...nice

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 02:08 | 992010 Oh regional Indian
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Chump, they are probably already there.



Thu, 02/24/2011 - 03:28 | 992100 e_goldstein
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fight them over there so you don't fight us over here.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 06:32 | 992181 JimboJammer
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The  Iran  Navy  has  the  >>"Sunburn  Missle "

the  game  changer...  Don't  under-estamate


Thu, 02/24/2011 - 06:39 | 992187 JimboJammer
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Hillary  Clinton....I  have  a  question  for  you..

How  much  did  you  bet  on  crude oil

futures  yesterday...?

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 09:29 | 992405 d_7878
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not to worry, an F-14 can make it very quickly

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