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Submitted by Daniel J. Graeber of OilPrice.com,

In mid-December, the U.S. military will have only one aircraft carrier positioned in the Persian Gulf region for the first time in two years. At the same time, the Iranian navy said it was kicking off a 10-day exercise in the region. Oil prices spiked when Iran early this year threatened to close oil-shipping lanes in the region. If talks scheduled for December between Tehran and the IAEA turn sour, there exists for Iran the potential to exploit the security vacuum in the region and use its defensive position for geopolitical gain.

The U.S. Navy announced that, for about two months, there will be only one aircraft carrier based in the Middle East region because of unexpected repair work needed on USS Nimitz.  A Navy commander said it was the "right thing to do" to leave the military one carrier short in the region, a first since December 2010. At the same time, the Iranian navy announced plans to conduct a 10-day drill to display what Tehran said was a way for the Islamic republic to "display its might and deterrence power."

In January, oil prices were moving fast beyond the $100 per barrel mark in part because of tensions with Iran, which had threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz in response to increased sanctions pressure. The U.S. Energy Department describes the strait as the "world's most important oil checkpoint." Last year, about 17 million barrels oil per day traveled through the area, which represented about 35 percent of the world's maritime oil shipments. Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pipelines in place to compensate for any closure, though each of those has their limitations.

Traders in January said tensions in the region would certainly lead to an increase in oil prices. While much of Iran's oil heads to Asian economies, the oil market is global, meaning U.S. economic power is linked critically to U.S. defensive power in the Middle East. U.S. Energy Department analysts said any economic uncertainty in the oil markets would have a ripple effect on the global economy.

Iran and delegates from the International Atomic Energy Agency are set to resume negotiations Dec. 13. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has said there's "lots" of activity at the Parchin military complex near Tehran. Western diplomats have said they suspect Iran has taken steps to shield what could be illicit nuclear activity at the site. Tehran has said it was opposed to weapons of mass destruction, though Western diplomats have already said they expect few breakthroughs during next month's talks.

Iran could take advantage of the U.S. Navy's brief drawdown in the region to rattle its sabers in the gulf should the IAEA issue a damning nuclear assessment following December talks. With Iran's economy in decline, however, any decision to shut down the Strait of Hormuz could work against, not for, Tehran's favor. Nevertheless, the mere threat of a closure in January was in part responsible for a one-day 4.25 price increase for oil. Iran's naval drills are scheduled to get under way about a week after the IAEA talks.  Without a major U.S. defensive bulwark, the Iranians may have the deck stacked in their favor.

 


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Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:04 | Link to Comment Looney
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Off Topic (sorry, boyZ and girlZ)…

 

This whole “Fiscal Cliff” can be fixed in a jiffy. Really!

 

The problem with the Cliff is not the debt, or taxes, or cuts to defense or entitlements. The problem is in the NAME!

 

So, here’s my solution – just rename the damn thing from the scary-sounding “Fiscal Cliff” to something else like “Pink Banana”, “Ultra-Super-Uber-iSavings”, “Gaga-Bieber-Kardashian-Hope’n-Change”, or “Xiang-Ding-Dong-Free”…

 

Any other gewd names?   ;-)

 

Looney

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:07 | Link to Comment zilverreiger
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The Fiscal Shalom Cliff, see; immediately sounds nicer.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:32 | Link to Comment General Decline
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Forget all this crazy oil stuff. I heard that Ahmadinejad likes to kick puppies. What are we waiting for? Bomb them ASAP!

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:49 | Link to Comment Supernova Born
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Obama is thinking who needs to blame the Iranians for an oil spike which "caused" the already inevitable recession? The extremist, partisan Republicans are right here to take the blame for forcing the US off the "fiscal cliff".

No war in the ME before the midterms.

Tell Honey Bunny to chill.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:21 | Link to Comment PersonalRespons...
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no comment

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:36 | Link to Comment Pinto Currency
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The US is facing some extremely difficult challenges with a lightweight President at the helm.  Hopefully some non-neocon adults are working matters behind the scenes.

It seems that de-escalation may be beneficial as long as it is not used to entice Iran into doing something stupid. 

Iran well knows that it can cause extreme problems for the US by jacking-up oil prices and, to date, the US has played right into their hands.  When you've got a collapsing fiat money system run by maniacal central bankers the last thing you need is an oil price spike caused by a geopolitical crisis. 

Central bankers and the banking syndicates love these crises as it gives them cover for their own acts of destabilization (equating to treason) - hopefully someone on the inside not beholden to the criminal banking syndicates has figured this out and is toning things down.

 

 

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 01:53 | Link to Comment Bananamerican
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December!??

I want my Persian Armageddon NOW!

whatever happened to...."4 aircraft carriers...Next full moon...right after the election" and all THAT shit! Remember??

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 04:04 | Link to Comment ptolemy_newit
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when the carrier's provide more distance they prepare for war!

 

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 00:00 | Link to Comment Cpl Hicks
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Bomb them ASPCA!

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:10 | Link to Comment Michaelwiseguy
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January 1, 2013 = Shut the fuck up already with the brainwashing on this shit MSM.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:31 | Link to Comment negative rates
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Yea, the Super Commettee.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:47 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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+1 Looney

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:05 | Link to Comment Michaelwiseguy
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I hope Iran already has nukes.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:18 | Link to Comment Mike in GA
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Why do you hope that?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:25 | Link to Comment Bawneee Fwank
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We no boom with countries that have boom boom!

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:18 | Link to Comment ozziindaus
Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:27 | Link to Comment Eally Ucked
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It will cost you a lot less.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:06 | Link to Comment zilverreiger
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So better stop harasssing Iran by entering its airspace.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:08 | Link to Comment kliguy38
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Yeh sure. A swarm of Iranian PT jon boats are headed towards the US fleet now. Fortunately the congress has just introduced a 1 Trillion dollar Fleet enhancement to combat the threat.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:21 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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Just look out for that Filipino Monkey. He's caused trouble before.

 

 

After a repeat of the conversation the Iranian personnel is heard asking the coalition warship to switch to channel 11 with the American voice replying that they were shifting to channel 11. The Iranians are heard shifting to channel 11 and continuing their conversation with the warship personnel. The clip ends, showing no confrontation or threatening language used by either side.

Having compared the two clips and the voices heard on the radio, a number of news correspondents reported that the threatening voice heard in the American clip is very much unlike that of the Iranian naval personnel shown in the Iranian clip and that it was likely that the threatening voice heard on the US clip may, in fact, be that of a prankster given the nickname 'Filipino Monkey'.[10][11]

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filipino_Monkey

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:39 | Link to Comment magpie
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I have always wondered if it was the same person

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:47 | Link to Comment magpie
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Why was i voted down ? Anyway, it gives me the opportunity to plausibly deny and disown any future revolution, counter-revolution, military coup, armed uprising and demonstration and secessionistic activities inside and outside the European Union in its present borders. Signed, The Magpie.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:00 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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Never mind the down votes, here's the Sex Pistols:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J20yMoNWZo

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:27 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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so Americas $1 Trillion fleet should be able to eradicate Somali pirates pretty quickly too

Good Luck with that US Navy

Viet Kong & Taliban Utd  2 - 0  US Military

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 08:34 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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You should also mention that the US Navy, after investing billion upon billions upon billions of dollars which are simply printed out of thin air

DID

sink a 500$ barge which is to be believed to have been used by Somali pirates.

sidenote: The US navy did compensate for the loss of the boat an repaid them 5 million dollars for the barge...

 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:51 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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what's harder to hit with a sunburn missile? a big fat carrier or a swarm of little fast-boats. i am thinking the next war will expose carriers as the dinosaurs they are like WWII did with battleships.

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 01:56 | Link to Comment TPTB_r_TBTF
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The Iranian attack on a carrier group will "expose carriers for what they are": trip wires.

After Iran trips the wire, Iran will be bombed into rubble and then the rubble piles will be bombed.

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 03:13 | Link to Comment Half_A_Billion_...
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maybe, but the US naval superiority will be ridiculed all over the world as soon as the first carrier is Pearl Harbored.

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 13:02 | Link to Comment TPTB_r_TBTF
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That is a small price to pay for a World War.

 

FDR allowed Pearl Harbor to be attacked so that he and his masters could make money off of WWII.

The current president will be just as willing to help.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:08 | Link to Comment max2205
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It's the stealth carriers they have to worry about. Cloak off,

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:40 | Link to Comment A Humble Man
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Do you have a pic of a stealth carrier?  With or without the cloak.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:17 | Link to Comment frugartarian
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trolling for iranians, using embargos as bait

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:19 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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We don't need to invade Iran, we can just bawl them over with the ole American charm! Broadcast a few epsiodes of dancing with the stars and a couple of fotball games, send them some buckets of fried chicken and they'll let us have everything we need!

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:20 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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Anyone in America got a beef with the people of Iran?

Thought Not.

The deranged sickos behind Govt play power games, representing nobody in society but their tiny diseased minds.

Lock them down and lock them up...

Stop Paying Tax ...don't fund these f'n sociopaths

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:06 | Link to Comment Randall Cabot
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But Alex Jones says Iran threatened to wipe israel off the map and he's not an israeli agent or anything :http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rJXOUXnD6Io

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:41 | Link to Comment BlueCollaredOne
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It is my opinion that that Israeli agent meme is bullshit. Alex is simply blinded by his faith.

That is my major qualm that I have with like minded thinking individuals in regards to government, economy, freedom, etc. A vast proportion are jesus (I had to tell my tablet not to capitalize the name) freaks.

The first thing I ever stole was a Carl Sagan book from a bed and breakfast that I stayed at as a child. After reading cosmos, I find the bible to be akin to Shel Silverstein. Full of many good lessons, but not meant to be taken literal.

Down votes may now commence.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:33 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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The most effective agents are always the ones who don't know they're agents.  Jesus was just another false-flag Israeli provocateur sent back from the future like in The Terminator.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:46 | Link to Comment Pinto Currency
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Iran says they want to wipe Zionism off the map.

Neo-fascist neocons no like.

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 16:25 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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Iran is a "country."  A country doesn't "say" anything.

I've heard that reported a lot in the press, though, so I guess we should conclude that sufficient *repetition* makes something true.  What people believe is far more important politically than anything that's real or true.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:38 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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Alex is simply blinded by his faith.

Sure, that must be it.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment akak
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Is it possible to NOT be blinded by faith, faith being the holding of beliefs in the absence of (or even contrary to) physical or demonstrable evidence?  I have personally always considered "faith" to be synonymous with "insanity".

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:16 | Link to Comment BlueCollaredOne
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Akak,

Those are not human beliefs. Please contact Paul Krugman, he is our planets authority when it comes to aliens

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 00:44 | Link to Comment Randall Cabot
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Banned from Prisonplanet forums after 7 years for saying infowars is being infiltrated

 

 

Posted by James ?????? on November 26, 2012

 

 

 "banned because the name ”Molly Maroney” wasn’t suppose to be known, it was a fluke that she replied to a person inquiring about a question to infowars. And she replied, after she replied. The person looked her up and bam. Came out as an intern of Stratfor, an Israeli data mining front. It was created in 1996 in AUSTIN, same time Jones came on the air. I’ve been a Jones support for MANY years, you can google my screen name NASTYNORTHNYC and prisonplanet forums. I have no reason to cause trouble, it was a simple question of why Stratfor and Infowars popup in the same sentence"

 

 

 

http://12160.info/profiles/blogs/banned-from-prisonplanet-forums-after-7-years-for-saying-infowars   

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:05 | Link to Comment Supernova Born
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Iran aside for one second, and as to your "Stop paying tax" suggestion. What do taxes collected actually have to do with what government spends each and every day? 16 trillion straight out of their rectal reserve.

They print that FRN TP by the ton, no taxpayer needed.

They are going to go 14th Amendment bounty-time on you insurrectionists if you cause enough trouble for them to notice.

"The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned."

Cracks me up they could even pay a juicy, unquestionable pension (on top of the bounty) for bringing "law-breakers" to "justice".

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:24 | Link to Comment Bawneee Fwank
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Those dastardly Iranians!  They be terrorists, they be. /sarc

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:27 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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We have only one, one lone juicy aircraft carrier which is a sitting duck. should any hostile forces decide to attack now would be the perfect opportunity. Repeat, the usa and coalition forces are nearly defenseless and we hope that by broadcasting this message to unfriendly regions that no-one would try any funny business. Longitude --- --- Latitude --- ---. These surface vessels are most vulnerable when assaulted by type XFT weapons which we hope no-one will use...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:13 | Link to Comment BeaverFever
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The American sheeple will be bloodthirsty for war once Israel - oops I mean Iran torpedoes that fat sucker...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:25 | Link to Comment Supernova Born
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inadvertent double post caused by thinking about the woman in the Liquid Plumber ad.

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 04:39 | Link to Comment Supernova Born
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double impact

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:34 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Right around that time of year for someone to spike the oil prices again.

Oil traders are looking for some bonus money. Iran would like higher oil prices as well.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:37 | Link to Comment Ibird
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Iranians, like most of the world's inhabitants, are ruled by a few "elites." However, in Iran's case, the ruling class head figures are absolutely out of their minds crazy. Religious fanaticism and nuclear weapons do not mix. The end game will be military conflict with heavy loss of life - mostly Iranians but not the sociopaths calling the shots in Tehran.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:51 | Link to Comment logicalman
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Religious fanaticism and nuclear weapons do not mix.????

Have you looked at Israel recently? If not, I hope you are sitting down when you do.

I'm guessing you can't have, based on your comment.

 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:57 | Link to Comment bilejones
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What evidence do you have that the "sociopaths" have nuclear weapons? If any, you really should share it with the 16 (and what sort of fucked up country needs 16?) US intelligence agencies who find no evidence that they do.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:55 | Link to Comment logicalman
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I think this guy supplied the evidence long ago.

Mordechai Vanunu

Paid (paying) a huge personal price.

Has to be one of the bravest men on the planet.

Directly approaching your comment, it's easy not finding evidence.

If I'm looking into the number of pesky rodents around, and I want the numbers to come in on the low side, I'd just conduct my 'search' in the nearest cat's home.

 

Apologies - just realized you were replying to Ibird, not me.

Simple.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:48 | Link to Comment patb
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"Religious fanaticism and nuclear weapons do not mix."

 

Should all messianic religions be screened from nuclear weapons command?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:52 | Link to Comment logicalman
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Can we just reduce the number of nukes to be enough to destroy the planet ONCE.

Anything else seems like a waste.

 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:42 | Link to Comment OutLookingIn
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Could this be a false flag in reverse?

Making it seem as the area is bare?

Rememeber, 3 ways to deal with debt;

1/ Pay it off. Ain't a hope in hell!

2/ Default. Never gonna happen.

3/ Take the nation to war.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:08 | Link to Comment Randall Cabot
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'Could this be a false flag in reverse?'

huh?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:26 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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It's a double-bluff.  Like a reverse-lateral movement against your OWN most obvious strategy to dupe the other guys into what you KNOW they most want to do. 

It's just playin' it cagey, see?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:49 | Link to Comment optimator
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I think I understand, you mean kinda like Austria mobilizing to threaten Serbia?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:51 | Link to Comment optimator
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Remember when we tried getting Saddam to respond and take the first shot?  Just didn't work.

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 00:41 | Link to Comment Tompooz
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"false flag in reverse"

 

Kind of like how ambassador Glaspie was told to sucker Saddam into invading Kuwait?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:50 | Link to Comment JohnG
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Will it never end?  Ever?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:53 | Link to Comment logicalman
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Certainly not in our lifetime - unless we destroy everything - that should stop it.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:04 | Link to Comment BlueCollaredOne
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Do you really want it to? While most people get their kicks from the shit that the TV mindfucks them with, we have the ultimate comedy to witness. Life.

I was listening to a show my girlfriend was watching the other night, and found myself predicting what was going to happen next. Us ZH'ers can't do that. Every day some other bat shit crazy event happens that leaves us shaking our heads.

Take solace in that.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:19 | Link to Comment mess nonster
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Maybe...look, Obama won't go down for Bibi. He pushed Bibi into a ceasefire that practically guarantees Hamas more and bigger rockets. I don't have a problem with that, quite the contrary, just stating facts.

But now he's got to give a little something back. US carriers are a two-edged sword. Try it on for size, so, two carriers is a deterrent, not just to Iran, but to Israel. Why would Israel have to attack Iran, when the US (two carriers) is so well positioned to do it better? But one carrier is just a symbol. There's no strike depth there. One carrier creates a vacuum, to be filled by Israel, or by Iran, or both, with predictable results.

Remember, there is a big war scheduled between the Jews and the Muslims. it's been on the schedule since Albert Pike put it there 120 years ago. Who do you think Obama works for? The Jews? Not...exactly... Luciferian square and compass f**ks? That's closer to the target.

You think nothing's going to happen after 12-21-12? Don't bet on it.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:05 | Link to Comment W74
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Yeah, I don't have a problem with Hamas having bigger and better rockets, let the scumbags hiding out in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (and Israel's northern cities like Joppa) know fear the way innocent Palestinian children know it.  The zionists have become the very genocidal maniacs they fled long ago.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:33 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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If we all just promise to act really terrified of Iran's aggression, can't we spike the oil price WITHOUT anyone having to bomb anyone?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:44 | Link to Comment dumpster
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article pure MSM bull shift

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:55 | Link to Comment akak
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Yeah, and tell us also how North Korea, which is in fact ruled by a certifiable sociopath and hereditary line of madmen, is about to rain nuclear missiles down on Alaska, just because they are (hypothetically) able to do so.

Funny how there is nearly no international furor over North Korea, which DOES have nuclear weapons capability, despite it being the very showcase of totalitarian repression and insanity.  Maybe that very nuclear capability is the reason that the Western powers-that-be are afraid to kick that particular sleeping dog?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:57 | Link to Comment logicalman
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The US encourages countries to want nukes.

They tend to leave such countries alone.

Another example of the level of ignorance and short-sightedness in US foreign policy

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 00:56 | Link to Comment CitizenPete
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The US Government does'nt leave nuclear states alone -- it funds them with borrowed money and taxes (a.k.a. slavery) money.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:16 | Link to Comment Supernova Born
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Take a paper spherical globe of the Earth. Turn it to position Vanuatu facing directly toward the floor. Crush the globe flat on a table. Begin apocalyptic prophesies for the top 1/2 of the globe. Just forget about the part you can't see.

It'll work out fine.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:44 | Link to Comment optimator
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North Korean nukes are only a threat to the 34,000 American Troops stationed in South Korea and are not a threat to Israel.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:08 | Link to Comment ozziindaus
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Stop the madness by cutting the head off the dog. Sign the petition.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/united-states-government-recog...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:21 | Link to Comment Quit Your Bitchin
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The U S Navy doesn't allow open waters to be blockaded. This is just typical ranting by the Iranians, nothing will come of it. I do hope it drives oil prices up though, I'm long UCO.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:26 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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When did the US Navy start protecting the approach to Gaza?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:42 | Link to Comment optimator
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Before, during, and after the USS Liberty was sieved killing 34 United States Navy sailors in international waters off Gaza!

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:52 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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Before and after perhaps but not during:

 

U.S.S. LIBERTY VETERANS ASSOCIATION



 June 1, 2002


Responding to a S.O.S. from the LIBERTY, the USS SARATOGA launched their jets approximately 15 minutes into the vicious Israeli attack. Within minutes after the launch, incredibly and inexplicably, Washington shamefully and unconscionably recalled the jets, abandoning helpless American sailors under fire, and subjecting them to an additional two hours of barbaric Israeli bombardment and butchery.



http://www.ussliberty.org/times602.txt



Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:57 | Link to Comment Quit Your Bitchin
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Read a little about this. My questions are was IFF used, any other method of I.D.? When youre creeping around in a war zone, you better be careful and let your friends know where you are.

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 00:52 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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One should also be careful to know who one's friends truly are. The attack on Liberty was deliberate and was intended to kill  her entire crew.

 

 

DECLARATION OF WARD BOSTON, JR.,CAPTAIN, JAGC, USN (RET.)

 

IN JUNE OF 1967, WHILE SERVING AS A CAPTAIN IN THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL CORPS, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, I WAS ASSIGNED AS SENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE NAVY’S COURT OF INQUIRY INTO THE BRUTAL ATTACK ON USS LIBERTY, WHICH HAD OCCURRED ON JUNE 8TH.

 

THE LATE ADMIRAL ISAAC C. KIDD, PRESIDENT OF THE COURT, AND I WERE GIVEN ONLY ONE WEEK TO GATHER EVIDENCE FOR THE NAVY’S OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE ATTACK, DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE BOTH HAD ESTIMATED THAT A PROPER COURT OF INQUIRY INTO AN ATTACK OF THIS MAGNITUDE WOULD TAKE AT LEAST SIX MONTHS TO CONDUCT.

 

THE EVIDENCE WAS CLEAR. BOTH ADMIRAL KIDD AND I BELIEVED WITH CERTAINTY THAT THIS ATTACK, WHICH KILLED 34 AMERICAN SAILORS AND INJURED 172 OTHERS, WAS A DELIBERATE EFFORT TO SINK AN AMERICAN SHIP AND MURDER ITS ENTIRE CREW. EACH EVENING, AFTER HEARING TESTIMONY ALL DAY, WE OFTEN SPOKE OUR PRIVATE THOUGHTS CONCERNING WHAT WE HAD SEEN AND HEARD. I RECALL ADMIRAL KIDD REPEATEDLY REFERRING TO THE ISRAELI FORCES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK AS “MURDEROUS BASTARDS.” IT WAS OUR SHARED BELIEF, BASED ON THE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY WE RECEIVED FIRST HAND, THAT THE ISRAELI ATTACK WAS PLANNED AND DELIBERATE, AND COULD NOT POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN AN ACCIDENT.

 

I AM CERTAIN THAT THE ISRAELI PILOTS THAT UNDERTOOK THE ATTACK, AS WELL AS THEIR SUPERIORS, WHO HAD ORDERED THE ATTACK, WERE WELL AWARE THAT THE SHIP WAS AMERICAN.

 

ADMIRAL KIDD AND I BOTH FELT IT NECESSARY TO TRAVEL TO ISRAEL TO INTERVIEW THE ISRAELIS WHO TOOK PART IN THE ATTACK. ADMIRAL KIDD TELEPHONED ADMIRAL MCCAIN TO DISCUSS MAKING ARRANGEMENTS. ADMIRAL KIDD LATER TOLD ME THAT ADMIRAL MCCAIN WAS ADAMANT THAT WE WERE NOT TO TRAVEL TO ISRAEL OR CONTACT THE ISRAELIS CONCERNING THIS MATTER.

 

REGRETTABLY, WE DID NOT RECEIVE INTO EVIDENCE AND THE COURT DID NOT CONSIDER ANY OF THE MORE THAN SIXTY WITNESS DECLARATIONS FROM MEN WHO HAD BEEN HOSPITALIZED AND WERE UNABLE TO TESTIFY IN PERSON.

 

I AM OUTRAGED AT THE EFFORTS OF THE APOLOGISTS FOR ISRAEL IN THIS COUNTRY TO CLAIM THAT THIS ATTACK WAS A CASE OF “MISTAKEN IDENTITY.”

 

I KNOW FROM PERSONAL CONVERSATIONS I HAD WITH ADMIRAL KIDD THAT PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON AND SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT MCNAMARA ORDERED HIM TO CONCLUDE THAT THE ATTACK WAS A CASE OF “MISTAKEN IDENTITY” DESPITE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY.

 

ADMIRAL KIDD TOLD ME, AFTER RETURNING FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. THAT HE HAD BEEN ORDERED TO SIT DOWN WITH TWO CIVILIANS FROM EITHER THE WHITE HOUSE OR THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, AND REWRITE PORTIONS OF THE COURT’S FINDINGS.

 

ADMIRAL KIDD ALSO TOLD ME THAT HE HAD BEEN ORDERED TO “PUT THE LID” ON EVERYTHING HAVING TO DO WITH THE ATTACK ON USS LIBERTY. WE WERE NEVER TO SPEAK OF IT AND WE WERE TO CAUTION EVERYONE ELSE INVOLVED THAT THEY COULD NEVER SPEAK OF IT AGAIN.

 

I HAVE NO REASON TO DOUBT THE ACCURACY OF THAT STATEMENT AS I KNOW THAT THE COURT OF INQUIRY TRANSCRIPT THAT HAS BEEN RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC IS NOT THE SAME ONE THAT I CERTIFIED AND SENT OFF TO WASHINGTON.

 

I KNOW THIS BECAUSE IT WAS NECESSARY, DUE TO THE EXIGENCIES OF TIME, TO HAND CORRECT AND INITIAL A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF PAGES. I HAVE EXAMINED THE RELEASED VERSION OF THE TRANSCRIPT AND I DID NOT SEE ANY PAGES THAT BORE MY HAND CORRECTIONS AND INITIALS. ALSO, THE ORIGINAL DID NOT HAVE ANY DELIBERATELY BLANK PAGES, AS THE RELEASED VERSION DOES. FINALLY, THE TESTIMONY OF LT. PAINTER CONCERNING THE DELIBERATE MACHINE GUNNING OF THE LIFE RAFTS BY THE ISRAELI TORPEDO BOAT CREWS, WHICH I DISTINCTLY RECALL BEING GIVEN AT THE COURT OF INQUIRY AND INCLUDED IN THE ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPT, IS NOW MISSING AND HAS BEEN EXCISED.

 

http://www.ussliberty.org/bostondeclaration.pdf

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 00:00 | Link to Comment optimator
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One Carrier is enough.  If the U.S. and Israel attack Iran's Nuke sites it will be started with B-2 bombers in the SEAD role, followed by Israeli strike aircraft with U.S. supplied aerial refueling.

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 00:27 | Link to Comment jonjon831983
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I wonder if 1 carrier is enough to execute a scorched earth plan to level all oilfields in the region if the situation required it...

 

hmm...

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 01:45 | Link to Comment SilverRhino
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Which carrier is on solo duty?? If it's the Enterprise, then she is a staked out goat just waiting for a false flag strike to sink her off the shore of Iran.

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 03:31 | Link to Comment Joe A
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It is all about creating windows of opportunity and exploit them. All sides are playing that game.

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