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Iran Naval Flotilla Makes History, Will Enter Atlantic For First Time

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Having been un-shunned and then re-shunned by the UN and US over the Syria peace conference, an Iranian news agency has confirmed that for the first time in history, Iran's navy has dispatched warships on a mission to the Atlantic Ocean. No specific military mission or targets were announced but previous statements had discussed the move to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against pirate attacks. Iran's Rear Admiral had a message of peace and friendship for the rest of the world and said the nation only sought to display its defensive capabilities (just like China, then?).

Via Times of Israel,

The flotilla, consisting of a Khark logistic and helicopter-carrier warship and Sabalan destroyer, could journey as much as 25,000 nautical kilometers in the next three months, Fars News reported Tuesday.


No specific military mission was identified, and no ports of call were mentioned.


Bidding farewell to the crews, Rear Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Moussavi said Iran has a message of peace and friendship for the nations of the world and only seeks to display its defensive power capabilities.


But previous statements by high-ranking Iranian naval personnel had declared Iran’s intention to dispatch a next flotilla of warships to the high seas at around this date to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers against pirate attacks.


According to navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, “The navy’s next flotilla will be dispatched to either the Pacific Ocean or the Atlantic on January 21 – February 20.” He underlined that the flotilla will pass through the Mediterranean Sea to reach the Atlantic Ocean.


Since November 2008, the Iranian navy has been operating anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, after Somali buccaneers hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.


The Gulf of Aden — which links the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal — is a critical energy corridor and the primary route for Persian Gulf oil shipped to Western markets.

Oil prices are spiking a little this morning though we are not sure the move is related to this action - perhaps just more reflective of the farce that the Syria peace conference has become.


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Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:18 | 4352166 Spungo
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Saudis threatened to jack their shit. I'm calling it right now.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:21 | 4352183 john39
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times of Israel...  just being helpful here...  no propaganda or scare mongering...  nope.  nothing of the sort.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:26 | 4352218 pods
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Maybe I am just chronically immature, but does anyone else chuckle when they hear "Rear Admiral?"


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:30 | 4352236 Grande Tetons
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Right up there with pinprick.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:52 | 4352333 mvsjcl
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Is that a picture of the SS Minnow?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:55 | 4352350 DoChenRollingBearing
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One likely port of call:

La Guaira, Venezuela


Visiting their fellow loco birdie-listening pal Maduro...

You read that here first...

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:05 | 4352405 gmrpeabody
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Peddling their new and exclusive "camel toe missile system"...

details to follow...

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:28 | 4352531 TruthInSunshine
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Tuesday Humor -

Why do present Italian Navy ships have glass bottoms?



So they can see the old Italian Navy.



I'll be here all week.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:30 | 4352539 outofideas
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2 Ships is a flotilla?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:55 | 4352669 wee-weed up
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The Iranians are feeling their oats...

Since finding it so easy to "pull the wool" over the eyes...

Of Obama, Kerry, and the UN.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:41 | 4352907 Ignatius
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Hired by Disney to run the new Pirates of the Caribbean if they can get their H1B visas situation straightened out..

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:09 | 4353032 Canadian Dirtlump
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If you need the Submarines patrolling west edmonton mall, I can make some phonecalls.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:42 | 4352601 kralizec
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And their new Shish-kabob torpedo...  ;)

This statement kills me!  "No specific military mission or targets were announced but previous statements had discussed the move to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against pirate attacks."

Yes, everybody knows the Atlantic is crawling with Imperialistic pirates looking to steal Persian ships ladden with fruit...nuts...carpets...


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:50 | 4352642 Trucker Glock
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"Peddling their new and exclusive "camel toe missile system""

This flotilla and its dangerous weapons system smells fishy.  I strongly condemn this provocative act on the part of Iran.  I will personally ask the UN for further sanctions against this rogue regime.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:07 | 4353892 TheSkipper1967
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Hey they stole my boat.   

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:16 | 4352472 One of We
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Hearing any reference to coach Dick Helm or frmr rep Dick Armey has always brightened up my day in a very childish and enjoyable way.  Kinda like what I imagine goes through my six year old's mind when he says astronaut while drawing out the ass part lol....

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:21 | 4352184 Jannn
Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:30 | 4352245 TheGardener
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There ain`t no need for false flags, as long as we have just stupid enough adversaries doing our bidding.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:33 | 4352865 negative rates
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Who the fuck are they?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:20 | 4352169 williambanzai7
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Where are they headed, Great Neck NY or Fort Lee?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:55 | 4352962 Chupacabra-322
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Doesn't really matter to me Billy as they're all "in on it." And the Criminal Fraud.

They're all involved in an elaborate scheme based on contrat law & Criminal deceit to Fraud The American People by CONSENT (Black Law's Dictionary) & being an accessory to the deceit & Criminal Fraud by contracting with the Criminal State.

We are "Governed" into a Political, Educational, Religious & Economic UNITED STATES, CORP based on contract law which is based on Criminal Fraud, deceit & illusion.

The Private Corp UNITED STATES, CORP uses the cover of being a functional Government when in reality they are not. Much like the Criminal Federal Reserve uses The "Federal" in their name & use it as cover to give the illusion that they are a branch of the US Government when they are not.

Through bankruptcies, Criminal Contract Fraud & deceit the Charlatans have incrementally incorporated the US as well as your souls (birth cert) which are securitized via the Criminal Federal Reserve through to the IMF.
They're functioning off corporate version of the THE CONSTITUTION. It's the reason why The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate continues to lie, cheat, deceit, rape & pillage with impunity.

The only power the have over you is with CONSENT (Black Law's Dictionary). Pay no Taxes. Peaceful Non-Participation, Non-Compliance & being an accessory into their Criminal system/s based on Criminal Fraud, Debt Bondage & Enslavement.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:20 | 4352178 the not so migh...
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the Greek navy would be there to show these Persians who is boss but they are out of gas

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:42 | 4352297 Headbanger
Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:48 | 4352319 Escapedgoat
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It wouldn't surprise me if Greek naval officers are in the background if old stories about the Iraq v Iran war are a guide (Old Greek Sea dogs guided the oil tankers UNHARMED  out of the Persian Gulf, Salaries ranged into 3 times at the time).

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:47 | 4352624 Frank N. Beans
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Peloponnesian War, part deux


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:20 | 4352180 Canadian Dirtlump
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Jeez they are weeks away from the bomb now this.. how am I supposed to sleep with this menace being allowed to run rough shod over the world?


/sarc off

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:20 | 4352186 Joebloinvestor
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Sounds like sinking time!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:23 | 4352193 Spungo
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I would blow your fuckin head off.... if I could afford it!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:23 | 4352196 People'sRepubli...
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they have $4.0 billion fresh dollars to spend now that sanctions are eased--an Atlantic cruise sure fits the bill

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:29 | 4352853 Volkodav
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They have as much right as any...

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:23 | 4352197 Sudden Debt
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Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:23 | 4352204 Absalon
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Yeah right.  The North Atlantic is a well known hot spot for piracy.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:38 | 4352580 Headbanger
Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:29 | 4352216 Kirk2NCC1701
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Iranian message to the US MIC:  Play 'nice' and we just might do an US_Arms for Oil program with you, instead of with Putin.  Shah we do bithness?

[song-along] Cause there's no business like War business, like no business I know.  Everything about is a peeling, Everything the Traffic will allow...

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:29 | 4352239 wisehiney
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Or mccain's favorite -  "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran...."

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:44 | 4352287 Kirk2NCC1701
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LOL.  Played by the Marine's "Beach Boys"?

I would imagine that, at the end of it all (after all the PR, public posturing and brinksmanship), the smart & greedy people on both sides will opt for making the most profitable deal.  The question is:  Do you make more $ and geopolitical gains with a rehabilitated and re-integrated Iran, or more with an outcast Iran that will align with Russia and China?

These are tough choices for the USA (its populace wants peace, but AIPAC wants war).  / But they are easy choices for Washington's bosses in Tel Aviv. /sarc

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:56 | 4352358 wisehiney
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Follow the pipeline.....

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:26 | 4352217 sudzee
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Will travel thru Suez Canal to be just off Isreali coast just in time for the start of Sochi in case of US decides to do Syria while the world is transfixed by olympics.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:28 | 4352229 Oldwood
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Kerry should be so proud!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:29 | 4352230 Hedgetard55
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Wonder what unrep capablities they have, if any?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:31 | 4352241 optimator
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Freedom of the seas still allowed.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:39 | 4352243 Colonel Klink
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So someone name me one time in the past 100 years where Iran has invaded another country.  Now name me ones where the US or Israel has done so, or caused from behind the scenes an invasion of another country.

M-kay, I think we know where the problem of terrorism originates.

EDIT:  OK it's easy to down vote with the click of a mouse.  Answer the question chickenshit if you're going to click the red arrow.  Can't huh?  Go blow AIPAC!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:57 | 4352359 Joebloinvestor
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Iran doesn't need to as long as it can pay others to do its' dirty work.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:24 | 4352497 Colonel Klink
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I see them as having to fight fire with fire, considering having the US as your primary defender since the creation of Israel.  Which came first, Hezbollah, or Israel?

It's a fair question!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:36 | 4352557 Joebloinvestor
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The Palestinians lost all credibility when they had Arafat represent them.

He should have been buried at sea like Osama, except it would have been more fitting to strap his corpse in a wheelchair and roll it off the deck of the MS Achille Lauro.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:39 | 4352587 Colonel Klink
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Again, agreed except he got a glowing send off in the end.  Nothing like a good assassination of a political head of state.

So far you're 0-3, where hypocracy doesn't come into play.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:46 | 4352620 Joebloinvestor
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You should read more.

They determined he wasn't poisoned, too bad.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:55 | 4352643 Colonel Klink
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Link instead of just assertion.

And if you link to Haartz, Israel time, JWN, I'll call BS.  Just sayin.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:59 | 4352691 WTFx10
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Of course they did. Can't be accusing the Israelis of anything illegal.

It would get their panties in a bunch if they were actually held accountable for any thing they did. In 60 plus years how many Palestinians have they killed? Are they trying for that magical 6 million that they keep reminding everyone else about constantly?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:26 | 4352833 Volkodav
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except in real world OSB dead since dec. 2001

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:33 | 4352558 Joebloinvestor
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The Palestinians lost all credability when they strapped bombs to kids.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:35 | 4352568 Colonel Klink
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Agreed, and Israel lost all theirs when they run them over with tanks.  Fair enough?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:37 | 4352577 SoilMyselfRotten
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Didn't the Palestinians also pull newborns from incubators and stomp them on the floor? Ooops, sorry, propaganda from another war.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:02 | 4352386 optimator
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Well, Israel has only attached Palestine once.  From 1948 till now, nonstop.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:02 | 4352388 therover
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My answer is Lebanon. Hezbollah are Iranian terrorists, who have taken over the once Christian, Democratic country of  Lebanon. Fucking country has been ripped to shreds by Israel, Syria and IRAN.



Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:22 | 4352502 Colonel Klink
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See the above question.  And no one has been able to answer my original question.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:34 | 4352565 SoilMyselfRotten
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You just can't argue with Empire Colonel(not without getting droned anyhow)

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:36 | 4352575 Colonel Klink
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Agreed, but I haven't been droned.........yet!  Nor do I drive a Mercedes.

Free Michael Hastings!  Oh wait, that one doesn't work.  RIP

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:41 | 4352586 SoilMyselfRotten
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They freed him......from his earthly body.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:24 | 4352821 Volkodav
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List is too long...I do not have the endurance..

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 18:10 | 4353294 therover
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Yeah, your right. Covert ops don't count.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:14 | 4352771 Volkodav
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You got first one right...the others really wrong

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:08 | 4353019 Colonel Klink
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Uh, yeah OK.  Whatever you say pal.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:12 | 4352759 Volkodav
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Iran has not started a war in hundreds of years...

but has had plenty of crap done to them...

Iranians are Persians, not Arab.


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:08 | 4353024 Colonel Klink
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At least we agree on something.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:31 | 4352251 trader1
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weren't some people on the ZH forums saying how shit was going to get weird?

cougar?  CPL?

aurora ex machina, if you're listening, i'm still waiting for aliens!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:34 | 4352266 ...out of space
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ok here is a question

which contry got a attack ministry?

there is a  war that is going on all the time, but i never read that any cuntry in the world got attack min. every contry just got a defensiven min.  

real strange

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:37 | 4352274 10mm
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Welcome Aboard. It's International waters. Try are Stripe Bass,Cod, Lobster, Flounder.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:14 | 4352767 Spanky
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Recommending seafood with crude oil and corexit dressing (not to mention a healthy helping of Fuki rads)... perhaps not.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:38 | 4352275 Bearwagon
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Why don't they just head for some south-american cocaine, while they are in the atlantic? Trip costs completely regained and the USA should be pretty pissed off, too. Mission accomplished!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:38 | 4352279 Satan
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WTF is a " nautical kilometer"?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:47 | 4352313 ebworthen
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Yes, it should be nautical miles, think it's about 13,499 nautical miles.

Maybe they're going to do a Phineas Fog?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:39 | 4352283 ebworthen
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Can you cook Couscous with sea water?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 19:31 | 4353561 Yenbot
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Astute. Couscous is steamed.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:42 | 4352293 W74
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US Media might as well sound like this:

Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad; Is Good Ran Bad;

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:42 | 4352295 youngman
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Is it hard to work in the Navy wearing a berka????? I would say they are a very easy target....all show and no go....probably will break down soon...

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:48 | 4352317 gafgroocK
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Hmmmm.....Do they plan on stopping by Washington DC to give (US/Iranian Citizen) Valerie Jarret  a boat ride?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:54 | 4352343 GOSPLAN HERO
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Kosher subs are in hot pursuit.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:13 | 4352457 ParkAveFlasher
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Hot salami!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:04 | 4352376 Dr. Engali
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Call me crazy, but I don't think warships send a message of peace and friendship....then again we are bombing the shit out of brown people in the name of liberty.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:59 | 4352377 madcows
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Is PT Boat Capt Kerry at the Helm?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:24 | 4352513 Cornholiovanderbilt
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Come on Free shit army.  Enlist now and support your mesiah!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:26 | 4352522 Son of Captain Nemo
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Yep. And meanwhile back in the ol' Med!

Don't think Russia has much to be concerned over with either the Olympics or Syria in the coming weeks and months...

Perhaps we can get Eduard Khil's Tro lo lo lo lo to be broadcast via loudspeaker off the deck of the missile cruiser "Peter the Great" to comfort the NATO boysz in the neighborhood???  Ohh Hoo Hoo Ho!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:48 | 4352641 Frank N. Beans
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Long floaties.


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:20 | 4352672 falak pema
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Make no mistake about the Syrian situation : Assad has won and the US has admitted to carrying out secret talks with him as his forces now totally control Damascus suburbs, aided and abetted by the infighting amongst rebels; Al Qaeda and non AQ; alongside the mounting pressure of Hezbollah allies to Assad, they have turned the situation around. Assad's Alawite power will be the big winner of any Geneva talks if and when they occur.

Make no mistake about the Iranian situation : American Iran thaw is now in the cards, and it has NOTHING to do with the nuclear situation. Iran has secretly told US that the nuclear military option is not their priority, now or later. They want their economy back and they want to be a full fledged oil producer outside of sanctions to pull their economy around. 

If the Iran situation becomes normal, as this naval cavalcade hints at, then count on Iran to counter balance the Wahhabite and petromonarchy regressionist knee jerk. 

Iran will be a more modern and stabilising element of ME than has been the Sunni clique around Saud and militarised Egypt and Jordan as surrogates of Pax Americana beside the Templar state of Jerusalem, protecting the US run oil patch. Us interest in ME oil politics per se wanes as its dependence, (unlike that of EU,) on Saud oil diminishes in coming years.

These are Kissingeresque times of game changing rules. 

However, ME is the main swing oil producer basin. So the Saud US handshake stays geostrategic for Pax Americana sway worldwide under $ reserve. 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:35 | 4352881 negative rates
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Glad I heard it from you.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 05:33 | 4353564 falak pema
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you hear a LOT of things at the Hedge as elsewhere. WHile you sit on the fence, between Heaven and Hell, you could also learn to fence like a true blade by fending off the wrong trends and defending the right ones. 

That's in essence what having an opinion based on exercise of free will is, where your arm is the extension of your brain; if you have time to exercise it apart from playing at nattering nabob of negativism and trailing your pessimism, like a beaten dog his tail between his legs. 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:57 | 4352680 I Write Code
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Are they planning to pass through the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean, or go around the Horn?  Didn't they run a warship through Suez a year or so ago?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:28 | 4352842 NoTTD
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Pirates?  In the Atlantic?


I must have missed the memo.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 20:03 | 4353685 Colonel Klink
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Come on, get with the pogrom!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:04 | 4353003 esum
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Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:07 | 4353020 esum
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we should have returned the ied's iran sent to iraq devastating our troops via air drop

obama has no balls and calls giving up NEGOTIATIONS....


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