US Aircraft Carrier John Stennis Arrives By Iran

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Ten days ago, when we last tracked the progress of the third US aircraft carrier, CVN-74 Stennis, with destination Arabian Gulf, aka Iran, we reported that it was "within a week of reaching" its destination. Sure enough, as the latest Stratfor naval update confirms, CVN-74 has now reached its destination for which it was commissioned several months prematurely. But before you get your war hats out, note that that other aircraft carrier which is conducting its final voyage, the CVN-65 Enterprise, has decided to take a bit of a break and left the Arabian Gulf area for a scehduled R&R port visit in Naples, Italy. In a week or so, shore leave will be over and CVN will be back to join everyone else, at which point the US will finally have three aircraft carriers just off the Iranian coastline ready to rumble.

Source: Stratfor

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Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:22 | 2898752 slaughterer
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Obama polls need the last minute boost only an Iran conflict can provide. This is taken directly out of the 1984 playbook.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:29 | 2898791 no taste
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Support the efforts of AE911Truth for an independent investigation into 9/11 before the next false flag is dumped on us.

http://www.911journeyfortruth.org/index.html

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:33 | 2899940 knukles
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Through the canal for shore leave in Napoli?
Horseshit.
It's a redeployment of re-steaming off Syria.

Wake up.....

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:30 | 2898795 tenpanhandle
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After shoreleave in Naples, I wonder how many crewmembers will be reboarding the Enterprise.  Kirk to Enterprise: "don't beam me up, Scotty".

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:40 | 2898863 Urban Redneck
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They might not even miss them, there are other US assets that can be conveniently onboarded while visiting Italy

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:08 | 2899306 icanhasbailout
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I wouldn't want to be on the USS Enterprise, or near it. Everything about this situation screams that it's being set up to be sunk in a false flag incident designed to create war with Iran.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 19:06 | 2899554 infotechsailor
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I hope thats not the case... but either way I think the other commenters had it right. Once Enterprise comes back through the suez, its highly unlikely it will go back to the gulf. Its expensive, time consuming, and an all around pain for a carrier to get through the Suez. If they were only going to leave for a week they would have just hit Dubai.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:11 | 2899885 nofluer
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Hummm... Enterprise going through the Suez? With the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of Egypt now... Seems sketchy to me.

And I didn't know the Big E would fit in the Suez!? Back in the day, CVA 66 wouldn't.)

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 05:40 | 2900344 Wile-E-Coyote
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No they won't sink it, one Kg of C4 above the waterline will be enough for the press.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:24 | 2898763 dbTX
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Just in time for the election

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:46 | 2898902 Cortez the Killer
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Let's light those motherfuckers up.

Empty your missles on the mullahs boys

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:03 | 2899015 LongSoupLine
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OBarry...that you?

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:09 | 2899052 Peter Pan
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I can feel another peace prize coming on but I am not sure if it has Obama's name on it or Netanyahu's.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:45 | 2899515 DosZap
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I can feel another peace prize coming on but I am not sure if it has Obama's name on it or Netanyahu's.

 

It's neither, it's Ackmajageenoff who gets the prize,and ties with Minsta FarraKHAN.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:41 | 2899957 ElvisDog
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America, Fuck Yeah, coming to save the mother fucking day, yeah....

If you promise me you won't die, I'll make love to you right now

I promise I will never, ever die.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 23:42 | 2900077 DaveyJones
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Was that you cheering in the wikileaks video? that part after they fired on the kids?

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:28 | 2898775 RobD
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Maybe things have changed since I was in the Navy but carries typically don't have "week or so" of shore leave in any one foreign port. Four or five days max.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:01 | 2899007 SilverDOG
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Make 'em all happy, before they go false flag swimming.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:03 | 2899016 azzhatter
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the italian hookers are pretty broke. It's economic stimulus

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:40 | 2899214 Savyindallas
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I don't feel sorry for the Italian hookers -cut back on their cocaine and squeeze their bankster clientele for a little more of their ill gotten gains, and they can do quite well in a depression.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 00:22 | 2900134 Heyoka Bianco
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Che cazzo! Did Berlusconi file for bankruptcy or something?

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:24 | 2899922 Lore
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At least somebody around here is getting stimulated.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:29 | 2899151 inevitablecollapse
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i was thinking the same thing - of course i joined in 2000 and got out in 2005, maybe the navy has gotten even softer since then

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:14 | 2899894 hunglow
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NEVER heard of a CV going through the ditch four times during one cruise.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:14 | 2899895 hunglow
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NEVER heard of a CV going through the ditch four times during one cruise.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:28 | 2898779 Pairadimes
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Almost time to wag the dog.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:38 | 2898784 Jake88
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What Obama will do is kill some al qaeda in Lybia and claim revenge on the Benghazi murders. That should silence the critics and help at the polls. The fireworks won't begin until next year. I hope CNN covers it.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 23:46 | 2900081 DaveyJones
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that terrorist porridge is just right

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:29 | 2898785 lolmao500
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If Obama continues to sink... kabooooooooom.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:33 | 2898817 ZFiNX
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Iran won't wait until then, they're already turtling up. They tested with the water with talk about returning to negotiations about a week ago and got no response, that was their signal. Assad is falling in Syria, just watch the liveleak videos, if they're going to make a move, it's right now.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:43 | 2898882 Jake88
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No way will Iran make a first strike. They will lose all support in the eyes of the world. China and Russia will not be able to make a case to the world for coming to their defence.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:50 | 2898925 Randall Cabot
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But the Iranian rapture bunnies are crazy religious nuts who want to start Armageddon so the dude comes out of the well and sends the believers to heaven-hey that's sounds just like the christian rapture bunnies!

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:55 | 2898961 Ratscam
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+1 for sarcasm

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:17 | 2899471 New_Meat
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no, Cabot is never kidding ;-)

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:42 | 2899505 DosZap
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Randall Cabot

But the Iranian rapture bunnies are crazy religious nuts who want to start Armageddon so the dude comes out of the well and sends the believers to heaven-hey that's sounds just like the christian rapture bunnies!

 

This statement is 100% evidence you are clueless about the catching away,and /or the time of Armageddon.(and NO Christian that knows scriptures wishes this on anyone),much less do they want to start it. 

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 19:09 | 2899562 Randall Cabot
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Tell that to Tim La Haye, John Hagee and Steve Quayle.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:36 | 2899191 Savyindallas
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Don't be so sure  -Hezbollah-with Iranian backing  -just may be able to take Jerusalem. They have nothing to lose. IDF is soft. Hezbollah is tough as nails. Preemptive strike may be the only way they can overcome high tech.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:30 | 2899364 AurorusBorealus
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Iran will use proxies to strike at the U.S., however, a Hezbollah offensive on Jerusalem is unlikely.  Hezbollah is, indeed, tough as nails, but fights best as a defensive force from entrenched and fixed positions, with flexible supply lines.  An assault on Jerusalem would be an offensive operation that would require a great deal of preparation and prepositioning of forces which Israel would certainly notice.  Furthermore, even if Hezbollah was able to launch a surprise offensive and take a good portion of Jerusalem, they would be unable to keep their forces supplied after the Israelis encircle their positions in Jersulem.  In short, Hezbollah would be destroyed, and Hezbollah is far too valuable an asset to be squandered with such a ploy.

Instead, I would look more toward Hezbollah goading Israel into an attack, coinciding with a Shiite rebellion in the Gulf States and the destruction of oil tankers in the Suez Canal and possible the Panama Canal.  If the United States takes the war to Iran, the U.S. would be the aggresser, and Iran could follow up with a blockade of the Straits of Hormuz that would send the price of oil into the stratosphere.  The game would be on then to see if the U.S. navy can clear the Straights and the Canals before the Strategic Petroleum Reserve runs dry, and the U.S. can declare "victory" before the U.S. economy collapses completely, the petrodollar collapses, and the U.S. population revolts.  Continued "malfunctions" at U.S. refineries would also help Iran's cause.  This is the most likely outcome.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:27 | 2899929 Lore
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This is not some football game.

Do some digging into the biggest sponsor of state-sponsored terrorism.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 09:18 | 2900725 AurorusBorealus
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Unfortunately, for the people who plan and conduct these operations, it is a football game.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:27 | 2899369 ZFiNX
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Not Iran, Syria by proxy. This sticks the blame on a sinking ship and clears Iran's name in the meantime.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:34 | 2898823 Bam_Man
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R&R for the Enterprise crew in Naples? Yikes - that place reminds me of a bad Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn. They should have dropped the boys and girls off on Capri or Ischia instead.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:40 | 2898865 lolmao500
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Remember how they gave ice cream to the troops a few hours before parachuting over Normandy? Yeah.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:19 | 2899913 nofluer
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"R&R for the Enterprise crew in Naples? Yikes -"

Makes perfect sense. Naples is the only place in the world where I saw "Flying Cock & Balls" necklaces! Wish I'd bought a few when I was there... ;-D

 

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:39 | 2898844 RobD
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Keep an eye on CVN-73 George Washington, if it moves into the Indian Ocean then it's on like Donkey Kong.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:05 | 2899025 LongSoupLine
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When does the USS BarryO Nobel Prize arrive to light up that axis of evil?

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:51 | 2899258 BeaverFever
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Bath House Barry is rather preoccupied right now. He has some geographical north and south pole smoking decisions to make. The Shadow Government will provide all details for the sheeple to readily believe once the One reads his TelePrompTer.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 15:39 | 2898855 lolmao500
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http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2012/10/16/israels-new-cyber-virus-att...

Israel’s New Cyber-Virus Attacks Computers from Iran to Lebanon

http://www.securelist.com/en/images/vlill/miniflame2012_pic09s.png

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/10/08/wanted_a_truly_credible...

…According to a source close to the discussions, the action that participants currently see as most likely is a joint U.S.-Israeli surgical strike targeting Iranian enrichment facilities. The strike might take only “a couple of hours” in the best case and only would involve a “day or two” overall, the source said, and would be conducted by air, using primarily bombers and drone support. Advocates for this approach argue that not only is it likely to be more politically palatable in the United States but, were it to be successful — meaning knocking out enrichment facilities, setting the Iranian nuclear program back many years, and doing so without civilian casualties — it would have regionwide benefits. One advocate asserts it would have a “transformative outcome: saving Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, reanimating the peace process, securing the Gulf, sending an unequivocal message to Russia and China, and assuring American ascendancy in the region for a decade to come.”

 

http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2012/10/06/new-scientific-study-predic...

New Scientific Study Predicts 85,000 Casualties, “Devastating Consequences” for Iran Attack

An attack on the Bushehr reactor would:

…Pose a grave environmental and economic threat to civilians in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It would not only devastate the important business centers and fishing communities of the Persian Gulf, but also contaminate desalination plants, port facilities and oil fields. To gain an approximate idea of the economic consequences of a strike on Bushehr, one should consider that the government of Belarus has estimated the economic cost of Chernobyl to exceed $200 billion

Should strikes result in a war, the Iran body count can certainly reach the levels in Iraq, with more than 100,000 dead and millions displaced. The economic costs could also exceed a trillion dollars, many times more than the cost of Iran’s nuclear program. Given that the number of American soldiers killed or injured in the Iraq and Afghan wars exceeds 50,000, one can expect the toll from an Iran war to be much higher—a price advocates of military strikes and solutions fail to recognize.

…Few…have considered the long-term strategic and political consequences of a military decision that is guaranteed to pull generations of American, Iranian, and Israeli youths into a cycle of war as destructive as the decade-long Arab-Israeli wars. At a time when millions across the Middle East, from Iran to Syria, Egypt to Yemen, are breaking out of decades of military rule, war can once again freeze civil society for decades to come.

…Our estimates of the costs and consequences of military strikes provide only a snapshot into what can become a larger, longer, and deadlier regional war with dangerous religious and apocalyptic overtones. The casualties and costs of such a clash of civilizations would have to be measured in terms of millions of people across entire provinces, regions, and continents. As with the shadow cast by the Iran-Iraq war, the Arab-Israeli wars, as well as the Iraq and Afghan conflicts, such a blood feud would feed what one prominent Middle East analyst has called a cycle of “crisis and carnage.” Strikes would act as a curse that would stain the memory, scar the face, and blacken the future of generations of civilians and soldiers throughout the Middle East and beyond.

 

And this is why the elite WANTS a war on Iran.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 17:34 | 2899381 DoChenRollingBearing
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No land war with Iran.  No way, never going to happen.  It would cost us WAY too many casualties.  Fighting in rough terrain or cities against a much bigger country than Iraq while we already over-stretched?  No, it will not happen.

I cannot rule out other things though (Iran attacks, Israel attacks, we attack, false flag, cyber war, etc.).  Who can predict the future?  Not me.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:17 | 2899469 New_Meat
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dcrb: "Politics is war conducted by other means."

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