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Iran Sends Warships Toward US In "Message To America"

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The strategy of appeasement, such as the one recently enacted by the US toward Iran, has its pros and cons: the pros are that the thawing in traditionally icy relations may lead to better trade relations and the spread of the debt-funded Pax Americana to one more country. There are also cons, like for example the "appeased" country no longer terrified of the "appeaser", whose resolve it will then commence testing until the credibility of its presumed superpower is tested by increasingly more. This is precisely what America's enemy number 1 (if mostly for public consumption) until recently, Iran, has just done.

Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday. The fleet, consisting of a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying supply ship, began its voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. The ships, carrying some 30 navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews, are on a three-month mission.

The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, said the vessels have already entered the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Reuters reports, citing Admiral Haddad, that "Iran's military fleet is approaching the United States' maritime borders, and this move has a message."

The message is simple: you give an inch, and they take a mile. For now Iran is just testing how much it can get away with as the US seeks to appease the nation as part of its latest diplomatic directive. And as long as the US does not respond vigorously, Iran will continue testing.Then again considering that the US 5th naval fleet is positioned in Iran's backyard just across the Persian Gulf, can anyone blame them?

More from Reuters:

Haddad, described as commander of the Iranian navy's northern fleet, said the vessels had started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via "waters near South Africa", Fars reported.


Fars said the plan was part of "Iran's response to Washington's beefed up naval presence in the Persian Gulf.


In Washington, a U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, cast doubt on any claims that the Iranian ships were approaching U.S. maritime borders. But the official added that "ships are free to operate in international waters."


The United States and its allies regularly stage naval exercises in the Gulf, saying they want to ensure freedom of navigation in the waterway through which 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports passes.


U.S. military facilities in the region include a base for its Fifth Fleet in the Gulf Arab kingdom of Bahrain. Iran sees the Gulf as its own backyard and believes it has a legitimate interest in expanding its influence there.




Fars said the Iranian navy had been developing its presence in international waters since 2010, regularly launching vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates operating in the area.

And while we await to see what the US response to this unprovoked Iranian aggression (as it will be penned by the media) will be, here is the most recent breakdown of US Naval forces around the world protecting all of America's national interests.


Finally here is the just tweeted take by the Pentagon:


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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:40 | 4417091 nmewn
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A fleet...of two? ;-)

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:39 | 4417095 Sardonicus
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Yes, one is a floot, I think.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:43 | 4417105 max2205
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3 months of ass fucking.....Iranian Disneyworld crusie

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:50 | 4417112 AlaricBalth
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Just as long as they stay the hell away from my gold...

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:50 | 4417122 gmrpeabody
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I was not aware that their naval maps extended beyond Carthage...

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:52 | 4417127 Motorhead
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The Iranians should just stick to the Arabian Gulf....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:05 | 4417147 InjectTheVenom
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yaaawwwwn .... who's worried when WE got THIS guy !

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:15 | 4417167 Stackers
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The Los Angles Class attack sub following the ships should do a live fire exercise about 500 yards off their side to give them a "message"

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:43 | 4417222 HyBrasilian
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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:08 | 4417272 Son of Loki
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A "Gaggle" of Iranian boats.....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:38 | 4417329 Keyser
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Silly Iranians. I guess they've never learned that you don't tug on Superman's cape. Especially considering that he's a psychopathic maniac. 

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:40 | 4417335 OutLookingIn
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A gaggle = more than 2 ships

A giggle = 2 or less ships

Fleet? Not so much!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:21 | 4417406 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Are we supposed to be afraid when their sailors start throwing rocks?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:37 | 4417435 Beam Me Up Scotty
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The Mouse that Roared??

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:51 | 4417481 disabledvet
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Hopefully they head straight to Miami. I've got a whole load of girly mags I've been needing to unload for years now.

Hell I've got tickets to shows, escorts, limos...all I have to say is "hurry up." And bring a bigger ship next time.

Don't worry about the gun thing either. If it's Florida you'll have the requisite permits too. Might wanna lighten up on the Taliban look. We'll throw some flowery shirts in just in case.

Oh and..."shhhhh." We promise not to tell.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:20 | 4417568 AlaricBalth
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dv This ship is boarding now to greet them

Iranian sailors could be cruising the clear blue tropical waters of Miami on a luxury motor yacht, surrounded by beautiful strippers serving you succulent food & drink. Being entertained by the sexiest, most gorgeous exotic dancers performing the mildest to the wildest shows, non-stop for 2 hours.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:45 | 4417638 cifo
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I thought they (US and Iran) are friends now.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 17:55 | 4417957 BigJim
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 The strategy of appeasement, such as the one recently enacted by the US toward Iran, has its pros and cons...

The message is simple: you give an inch, and they take a mile. For now Iran is just testing how much it can get away with as the US seeks to appease the nation ...

I never dreamed I'd find myself saying this here: go fuck yourself, 'Tyler'.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 21:24 | 4418541 Unpopular Truth
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they just want shore leave at a place without islamic law.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 23:24 | 4418807 Lore
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BigJim: Don't shoot the herald.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 21:21 | 4418534 Bunders
Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:52 | 4417485 Pure Evil
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And if they really wanted to thumb their nose at the Imperium they should make a port of call their allies in Venezuela.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:06 | 4418905 Dixie Rect
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Do they have glass bottom boats? Wait, that's the new Italian Navy. (So they can see the old Italian Navy).

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 02:17 | 4419079 thestarl
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LOL,but the Iranians are good enough to bring down one of Obarmarseholes RQ170 sentinel drones huh

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:40 | 4417336 smlbizman
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use people have about plucked my last nerve......leave iran alone....LEAVE IRAN ALONE...LEAVE IRANS ALONE....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:37 | 4417432 LMAOLORI
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"HyBrasilion GET.OFF.MY.LAWN. [Oh Wait!]'


                                                NOT IN MY BACKYARD



Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:38 | 4417439 TheFourthStooge-ing
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yaaawwwwn .... who's worried when WE got THIS guy !

Aaaaaahhh! Le light saber terrible!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:53 | 4417488 StychoKiller
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Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away, Mace Windoo is ROTFL!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:22 | 4417183 Wahooo
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Quite an audience in the Middle East cheering on this tiny fleet. Iranians not doing it for our entertainment.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:47 | 4417345 Rusty Shorts
Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:29 | 4417414 cynicalskeptic
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Dumb move on Iran's part.  Makes it all too easy for the US to pull a flase flag effort and blame them- A US sub launches a missle from right next to the Iranian destroyer, blame Iran and sink the destroyer.  The US has bee trying to get a war with Iran going for soem time.  How many BS 'incidents' occurred under Bush II... speedboat 'attacks', 'Iranian' agents in Iraq (who turned out to be British SAS), and the never ending 'uranium enrichment/bomb building' (which makes complete sense for Iran - the US will fuck you up UNLESS you have a bomb - look at North Korea, still spitting in the face of the US)

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:02 | 4417490 Squiddly Diddly
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Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain; Yes We Can false flag Iran.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 16:33 | 4417754 EscapingProgress
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Are there tickets available for the trip back to Iran? Persian chicks are sexy.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 17:04 | 4417834 New_Meat
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Squid, don't worry about it--he was talking about a Flase Flag.  onvm.

- Ned

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:52 | 4417242 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The Iranians should just stick to the Arabian Gulf....

You must mean the Persian Gulf, as there is no Arabian Gulf.

But hey, that would be cool, as long as US ships stick to US coastal waters.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:29 | 4417313 Oh regional Indian
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Zigackly 4th, zigackly! But there all that manifest destiny fantasy to deal with first.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:05 | 4417380 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Mandibular festering insanity?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:05 | 4417377 Tim_
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The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) is the official news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI).

Iran dispatches Navy’s 28th Naval Fleet to encounter pirates

"The Iranian Navy is dispatching its 28th Naval Fleet to the region’s free waters to encounter the pirates, the commander of Iranian Navy’s North Fleet and 4th Naval District said on Sunday evening."

"The Navy’s 28th Naval Fleet is comprised of two logistical warships and a submarine, said Rear Admiral Afshin Reza’ie Haddad in a press conference."

"Rear Admiral Reza’ie said that each of those missions takes three months on the average, reiterating, 'These naval fleets’ missions are not only safeguarding the security of the Iranian commercial ships, but also they have thus far assisted the other countries’ whose ships had been seized by the pirates.'"

"IRI Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, too, had said on November 28th that the brave Iranian Navy sailors saved a ship hoisting the Liberian flag, which was seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean."

"'The ship was sailing in the northern part of the Indian Ocean when it was attacked by pirates and sent SOS messages, which were received by the Islamic Republic of Iran naval forces in the region,' Rear Admiral Sayyari told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)."

"He said that keeping in mind the mighty presence of the IRI Navy in the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman, and the free waters of the region, it supports the cargo ships which are attacked and transmit SOS requests, as one of its natural duties."

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:15 | 4417542 tenpanhandle
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Meanwhile, Irans 769th naval fleet from the south south west Naval district, region 34 is on maneuvers in the Ayatollah's bathtub.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:31 | 4417424 Joe A
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It you would give Saudi Arabia its way it would become the Arabian Gulf.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:00 | 4417141 Winston Churchill
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Isn't it difficult rowing up the Suez canal ?

Or do they get towed by herds of camels.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:16 | 4417170 Stackers
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dont kid yourself they have top of the line bass boats

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:04 | 4417260 Emergency Ward
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I wonder if Sacha Baron Cohen is aboard.....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 16:21 | 4417731 tony wilson
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he is a hollywood jew.

why would he be on an iranian vessel ?

ahh joke i get it now funny keep laughing goy

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:26 | 4417411 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Isn't it difficult rowing up the Suez canal ?

Or do they get towed by herds of camels.

Come on, man, get with the times. That stuff went out with bell bottoms, pet rocks, mood rings, and the rest of the 70s.

Nowadays they have highly trained wolfpacks of Persian Gulf manatees to do that.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 17:05 | 4417846 New_Meat
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Winnie, from the description, they went the long way, although it is summer time around the Cape of Good Hope.  Gonna' b some seasick bastards after that passage.  Presuming that they don't break down.

- Ned

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:51 | 4417123 Motorhead
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What's Rudi Bakhtiar up to lately? 

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:06 | 4417379 buttmint
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They out on a three hour cruise? A three-hour cruise.....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:19 | 4417176 williambanzai7
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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:23 | 4417187 nmewn
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They've got the two humped camels all gassed up on the flight deck! Shits gettin real now!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:36 | 4417206 Winston Churchill
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Sopwith camels?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:46 | 4417226 nmewn
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Hey man, them things are deadly spitters out to ten yards!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:54 | 4417247 TheFourthStooge-ing
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They've got the two humped camels all gassed up on the flight deck!

Baby's got bactrian.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 16:39 | 4417772 Professorlocknload
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Some humpty back camels and some chimpanzees...

Cat's and rats and elephants but sure as you're born,

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:17 | 4417284 God Bless The V...
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Don't take this lightly. These scumbags only need ONE ship with ONE E.M.P. tipped missile close enough to the homeland to take out our entire power grid. This Marxist demigod sitting on his throne in D.C. would then be free to move in and roll right over all the sheeple who want to disarm the law abiding public who safe guard our constitution. The grid is totally vulnerable, no thanks to King Obama who with all his puppy tears about the environment seems to think we Would all be better off back in the fucking STONE AGE! No more carbon bullshit emissions!

Look, the Republic is under PROGRESSIVE attack! Both RED and BLUE progressives! There is no longer TWO parties, we need another party to stand tall and PROUD for OUR American values, that party is THE TEA PARTY folks! Time to give Karl Rove and all the progressive RED progressives the great American finger salute. Not a frackin' dime to these traitors, hey Mitch McConnell, Matt Bevin is here to clean your clock! John McCain, retire now with the rest of your progressive cronies, get out of the way man, you are a hindrance to our Republics freedom and liberty!

Support the Ted Cruz's, Mike Lee's, Louie Gohmert, Rand Paul's, and newbies like Matt Bevin, Ben Carson and our national treasure, Sam Brown!

Not familiar with Sam, he is running in Texas and trying to keep the last bastion of American freedom free from the uber liberal(progressive) attack from George Soros and the Clinton scheme machine! Support our REAL American Patriots, the Republic demands it, if we are still standing come November.

B.T.W. if you are not familiar with the E.M.P. threat from Iran and their uncontested (from King Obama) testing of their capabilities, only needing to get CLOSE enough to our coast to have an effective outcome, WAKE THE FUCK UP AMERICA!

We have been TRANSFORMED, but some of us WILL NEVER COMPLY!

God save the republic!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:22 | 4417296 Glasnost
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Oh yes.  They're real scumbags.

Then again considering that the US 5th naval fleet is positioned in Iran's backyard just across the Persian Gulf, can anyone blame them?

How the FUCK is Iran's teasing move unjustified?   The U.S. needs to have it's ships in its own waters.  Not other countries.  If it was the case that the U.S. had its ships in its own waters, and then Iran did this, the U.S. would have some justification in responding to these ships with Air or Naval defense if necessary.  In this current case however, it has virtually no justification to respond to their teasing.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:23 | 4417575 tenpanhandle
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What response is necessary.  Let em float around till they ge tired.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:25 | 4417304 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Don't take this lightly. These scumbags only need ONE ship with ONE E.M.P. tipped missile close enough to the homeland to take out our entire power grid.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:21 | 4417400 chemystical
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"Support the Ted Cruz's..."

As has been noted dozens of times on ZH, Heidi Nelson Cruz is a managing director at The Squid.

One of Cruz's law professors at Harvard was Allen Fucking Scum of the Earth Dershowitz who had this to say about Cruz, "Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant."

If it looks like a kosher-approved Trojan Duck, and if it quacks like a kosher-approved Trojan Duck, then...

Cruz is heartily endorsed by Tea Party movements and The Republican Libery Caucus.

"The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves."  V.I. Lenin

Careful what you wish for.  If Cruz ascends higher than he already has, then we'll know that "someone" has footage of him wearing a goat's head hat and dancing naked around sacrificed infants. 


Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:14 | 4417547 Pure Evil
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Plus, Cruz is from Can-A-duh along with Justin Bieber.

What more ya need to know, eh?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 23:32 | 4418826 Lore
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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:14 | 4417543 Things that go bump
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You still think there is some sort of political solution to this problem?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:46 | 4417643 Johnny Cocknballs
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The problem with this country is people like you hate who you're told, think what you're told, and are generally useful idiots for the corporations and billionaires that have sunk their fangs deep into the neck of productive labor, the Constitution, and any semblance of a sensible foreign policy.

Football, Fox News, and Fag Bashing is no way to run a country, son.




Sun, 02/09/2014 - 18:34 | 4418066 post turtle saver
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what a load of fucking horseshit... you'd need to get a 10 megaton device detonated 300 miles in altitiude over Kansas to have a ghost of a chance at a "one shot one kill" EMP over the continental US... the same shot would wipe out the satellite network for _every country on earth that has shit in orbit_... Iran would learn right quick what an Ohio class can do to a continent if they pulled that stupid fucking stunt, and there'd be more than enough left over for the rest of the ankle biters with battleship ambitions and a rowboat ass... hell, Russia and China would join in to bounce the glass in Iran just on principal

goddamn this has got to be one of the dumbest things I've seen posted and that's saying a lot for this site

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 23:36 | 4418835 Lore
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Is this "Talking Smack?"

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:39 | 4417208 semperfi
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Hey hey hey!  Guess what day it is - guess what day it is!....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:20 | 4417292 Headbanger
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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:51 | 4417357 teslaberry
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banzai most idiot americans would think you are making fun of the persians with an image like this.

no, this image is hilarious because you are making fun of the idea that the u.s. media is brainwashing americans to think the world is out to get them and thus that the u.s. military should kill everyone and control everyone.

the fact that the camels are hilarius, and misplaced on an aircraft carrier---which iran has NONE of, with an ex president steering non-existent planes, is an image of something that doesnt' exist, a fairytail that is being sold as a 'threat' in the news.

it is sad that drudge report and other tabloid media serve to deliver these nonsense messages of red alert to the u.s. public. it's been over 13 years since 9/11 happneed . the u.s. public is not easily scared by nonsense stories anymore, so perhaps it's time for another major attack on u.s. soil to be sufficient to scare the public into submission to another set of wars?

anyways--the camels are awesome. especially the smiling one in the front right. well done. hilarious. I think persians would see this article my way and laugh at the notion the u.s. is trying to scare their own people with non-existent threats. only the true simpltons who downvoted this image would think you are making fun of iran.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:55 | 4417616 tenpanhandle
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Thanks for spelling out so clearly to me what WB meant with his picture.  Now I can laugh without feeling guilty as I am laughing with the Iranians not at them.  HaHaHa!  I can just picture all the Iranians ROFLing as they view the picture. HaHaHa!  At first I thought it was Iranians did all the down voting. Now I understand it was American simpletons who feel bad because they feel WB is making fun of Iran. HaHaHa!  Now I am laughing at you Tberry.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:33 | 4428164 teslaberry
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dude, sometimes i know i'm being an asshole by spelling things out for people. but people are stupider than you think. it took my years of being a humble egalitarian to accept this fact. 


yes most people are dumb closeminded heard thinkers because of their sheepleness . many of those people are great at school too. good grades and all that.....

you might resent me spelling out this image for them, but if you do go fuck yourself. No I am laughing at you :)

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:55 | 4417358 ncdirtdigger
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Are the flying carpets below deck?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:20 | 4417401 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Are the flying carpets below deck?

Most of the flying carpets have been secretly deployed to their secret lunar death ray base on the moon, secretly. All the channels of TV news (both sides - librel and conversative) are saying that, so it must be true.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:36 | 4417438 Uber Vandal
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Yes, they are being prepared for a carpet bombing campaign....

<insert groan here>

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:44 | 4417457 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Carpet bombing? Hilarious!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:43 | 4417104 d edwards
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All kidding aside, what if the destroyer has a low yield nuke on a missile to creat an EMP over the east coast?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:46 | 4417116 ncdirtdigger
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Can we get them to give us a two for one deal and set one off over the west coast too?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:16 | 4417169 Kaiser Sousa
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"The JPMorgan building at 25 Bank Street is located in the borough of Tower Hamlets. According to drawings and plans submitted by JPMorgan to the borough after it purchased the building for £495 million in 2010, the 9th floor roof is accessible “via the stair from level 8 within the existing Level 9 plant enclosure…”  In other words, it would be just as reasonable to entertain the possibility that Magee suffered his physical injuries inside the building and his body was placed on the 9th level rooftop via an internal staircase access sometime during the night of January 27.

The LinkedIn profile that Magee set up for himself online indicates that he was involved with “Technical architecture oversight for planning, development, and operation of systems for fixed income securities and interest rate derivatives.” As a key part of the computer technology group in London, Magee may have been involved in providing subpoenaed material for the London Whale investigation and the myriad other investigations that JPMorgan has been sanctioned and fined for over the last year. There are two serious open investigations into foreign exchange rigging and potential manipulation of commodities markets.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) lists the man known as the London Whale, Bruno Iksil, who is cooperating with criminal prosecutors, and the two traders who have been criminally charged with hiding hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout, as having the same JPMorgan address, 25 Bank Street, as did Gabriel Magee.

Documents produced by the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, however, show a 2012 address for JPMorgan’s Chief Investment Office in London, supposedly where the London Whale trades were originating, as 100 Wood Street, 6th Floor, London. If the London Whale traders were located at an address other than the European Headquarters for JPMorgan, it could have been to evade detection by regulators that the firm was using bank deposits in the United States, that carried FDIC insurance, to place high risk gambles in London in the derivatives market."


tylers - get busy.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:49 | 4417644 tenpanhandle
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And now back to the thread.  "Flying carpets and Carpet bombing", very, very punny.  Truly.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:57 | 4417136 nmewn
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Well, I kinda doubt it. More than likely delivering much needed toilet um, munitions to the long suffering Venezuelan population.

They can't even refuel in transit, have to hit different ports on the way over and back. They'll cruise on up to Cuba after Venezuela, take a selfie with Key West on the horizon as proof of their naval (navel? superiority and head back home.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:06 | 4417151 Confused
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One of the Cons the author left out of the analysis:

Increased rhetoric from the hill about safety, national interests, hating our freedoms, and 'real threats.'

The reality of this mission aside, its a concrete example that TPTB can use to solidify in peoples minds (other than their use of the normal spin) that we are indeed 'in danger.' Expect resistance to civil liberties abuse to decrease among those that are on the fence.  

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:29 | 4417192 nmewn
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Yeah, been noticing that. The TSA went right after those well known terrorist groups Colgate & Crest.

I'm long Russian toothpaste right in here ;-)

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:42 | 4417461 CitizenPete
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Well yeah, the "Terrorists" have been putting toxic flouride into run-of-the-mill toothpaste for some time now.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:51 | 4417487 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The TSA went right after those well known terrorist groups Colgate & Crest.

Hmmmmm, so the TSA is working with the Cavity Creeps, which means that the American Dental Association must be a CIA front operation.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:27 | 4417309 I Am Not a Copp...
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Not to mention they will have a U.S. attack sub on their ass the entire time.  

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:46 | 4417474 Dave Thomas
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Actually in times like these it won't be just a US sub tailing them. With such an opportunity for ELINT gathering many different nations will have boats tailing this entourage to see what their sonars can do, specifically ID the US other subs tailing the Irainian navy. 


It's like a bush full of creeps watching a young copule make out in the park. 

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:05 | 4417149 ParkAveFlasher
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Worse yet, what if they tipped a cruise missile with Vlad Putin?  Goodnight Irene, that's what!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:56 | 4417250 TheFourthStooge-ing
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All kidding aside, what if the destroyer has a low yield nuke on a missile to creat an EMP over the east coast?

All kidding aside, what if they have a moon base with a lunar death ray pointed at Vichy DC?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:39 | 4417448 CitizenPete
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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:44 | 4417109 ncdirtdigger
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Apparently the message they are trying to send is : Our navy is a joke.

Maybe they should contact the Russians to see if they have any more of those mouthballed aircraft carriers for sale.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:10 | 4417164 Bad Attitude
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Our navy - and the rest of our military - is not a joke. Our Commander in Chief is a joke and everybody knows it. Our military is quite capable when not hamstrung by ineffectual leadership.

Dear Leader is a joke. His foreign policy is a disaster. His only consist foreign policy appears to be an affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood. He is alienating our allies. He appoints ambassadors based on their ability to make campaign donations, and not on any kind of relevant experience or knowledge.

Forward (over the cliff)!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:33 | 4417202 DaveyJones
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it is not a joke but like most things, it will become increasingly difficult to fund and maintain .... without further hits to the populace 

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:43 | 4417215 W74
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You must not've been in the military then.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:38 | 4417441 CitizenPete
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Evidently he was somehow affiliated with the Rebel Alliance or the Jedi Knights.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:55 | 4417245 SilverFish
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Who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him? - Obi "Juan" Kenobi

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:10 | 4417275 Global Hunter
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"Our navy - and the rest of our military - is not a joke."  The joke is on the people of the USA.

Too bad that your militairy has been fighting wars of aggression on the other side of the world for the last decade while your borders have been opened up for undocumented illegals to stroll in as they please. 

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:52 | 4417656 tenpanhandle
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Ouch!  That's gonna leave a mark.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:51 | 4417355 ncdirtdigger
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the message THEY (as in the Iranians) are trying to send is 'Our navy is a joke'.
As my mehican friends would say, 'comprende'?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:22 | 4417570 Pure Evil
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I thought we were already over the cliff and were just counting the seconds before we make a big splash.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:18 | 4417178 Kaiser Sousa
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"No solid evidence exists currently to suggest that the death was a suicide. In fact, there is a strong piece of evidence pointing in the opposite direction. Magee had emailed his girlfriend, Veronica, on the evening of January 27 to say that he was about to leave the office and would see her shortly. She received no further emails from him, suggesting that whatever happened to Magee happened shortly thereafter, not the next morning. According to multiple sources, Magee’s girlfriend reported his disappearance on the evening of January 27. The Metropolitan Police would provide me with no details on that investigation."

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:30 | 4417289 RaceToTheBottom
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duplications r us

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 17:00 | 4417821 Professorlocknload
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Just seconding the motion?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:22 | 4417291 RaceToTheBottom
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CNBC falls to an even lower lovel of "WS Suckupness"

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:44 | 4417342 kchrisc
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"If you play with fire, you might get burned."

If you work with banksters, you might get hurled from a building or shot with a nail gun.


"My guillotine is feeling denied by all of these dead banksters."

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:23 | 4417572 Pure Evil
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Why would you want to feed your head chopper with such petty criminals.

You should be keeping your blade laser sharp for the titans of Wall Street and D.C.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 16:37 | 4417765 Dugald
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The Mouse that roared...........

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 20:49 | 4418463 Berspankme
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Dammit- I thought O'cakeboy fixed this Iran problem

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:40 | 4417093 Sardonicus
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Probably will start seeing stories about the Bermuda Triangle for the first time in about 35 years, soon.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:20 | 4417181 Ignatius
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Running with what you've started here...

HEADLINE:  USS Liberty In The Bermuda Triangle - The Real  Story

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:41 | 4417099 W74
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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:19 | 4417404 Urban Redneck
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The Iranian rubber duckies are sheeple distraction, and useful for whiping up nationist sentiment in both Washington and Terhan, and not much more.

The US and Russian SSBNs are a perpetual cat and mouse game that remains largely out of public view.

However, the 4 Russian Kirov class cruisers each carry an indeterminate number of nuclear tipped s300 missiles among the 96 s300s on board, and the 3 the Slava class cruisers (including the Moskva and the Varyag which are alternating on the Cyprus-Syria-Egypt party circuit) each carry an indeterminate number of nuclear tipped S300 missiles among the 64 s300s on-board. Coupled with Russian trucks carrying Iskander-Ms parked on Iran's northern border (102nd), the Zionist elements in the Israeli .gov are doing quite a dandy job of strategically fucking both themselves and the anti-Zionist Jewish and Arab masses within Israel. (Funny how you NEVER see this in the MSM, even though the MSM management is packed with a strange mix of Zionist cocksuckers and American Imperialists)

Until ALL of these governments are replaced, their peoples will be at the mercy of madmen and sociopaths.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:43 | 4417106 Motorhead
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Not like the US needs an excuse to commit some aggression....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:38 | 4417210 DaveyJones
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funny, I thought that was their MO

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:26 | 4417581 Pure Evil
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But, they still need an excuse.

We have to appear oh so legitimate to the rest of the world.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:43 | 4417107 bigkahuna
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Heck, lets have em over for burgers or something. Thats a long trip.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:07 | 4417154 ParkAveFlasher
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You know, it is really just that simple.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:55 | 4417246 NickVegas
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We should invite all our "enemies" over for a barbeque. The MIC totally understands it is difficult to get soldiers to fire on people with whom they have created a social contract.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:01 | 4417256 Greenskeeper_Carl
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let them have a port call in key west. I used to LOVE those.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:27 | 4417585 Pure Evil
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If you really wanted to start WW3 then introduce them to the Key West island with all the queers and let Islam do its job.

That would get Holder and the MSM fuming like mad.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:44 | 4417108 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Reuters reports, citing Admiral Haddad, that "Iran's military fleet is approaching the United States' maritime borders, and this move has a message."


Is this Reuters propaganda or can the statement be verified indepedently of them like from Iranian news for example?


With that said I wouldn't doubt for a second the Iranians are sabre rattling but even that statement seems a bit much even for them at this point and juncture.

These assholes here in MIC complex and Muslim Brotherhood want the US military tied up in a war in the Middle East badly for different reasons.


Dangerous times are ahead especially if they get their wish, you can expect some of them brown imports Obama has setting up to start bombing things within the US so they can turn the police state and battlefield inward next to consolidate power. All while the military is tied up in entanglements overseas so as not able to do anything about it.


Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:07 | 4417159 semperfi
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".....and this move has a message."


1. we look like big idiots but don't know it

2. you can't cure stupid

3. go ahead - make my day

4. you wanna piece of me ?!

5. we've got big balls, and small brains

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:46 | 4417110 CitizenPete
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How scary.  (yawn)

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:48 | 4417113 NOZZLE
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maybe we can dispatch the guided anus tender USS obama to confront them on the high seas.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:12 | 4417166 nmewn
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There ya go, burn a few bales in the stacks to create a blinding smokescreen, then sneak up alongside and throw across a boarding party armed with Cheetos.

They'll be taken completely by surprise and be grateful as hell for the munchies, then surrender without a shot being fired.

Smart Power!!! ;-)

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 17:13 | 4417857 New_Meat
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and also consider the sea birds:

       "No tern was left unstoned"

- Ned

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:49 | 4417120 Typing Typer
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Ha ha, what's the message, "crush us now"?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:51 | 4417124 Fix It Again Timmy
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If they're coming to see Jay Leno, they're in for a big disappointment....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:52 | 4417131 Motorhead
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Auf deutsch, Fehler in allen Teilen (LOL).

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:51 | 4417130 yogibear
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The Iranian fleet disappears suddenly. Block communications and sink the ships.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:55 | 4417132 ebworthen
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Maybe they can rescue Gilligan and company.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:57 | 4417137 ShrNfr
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Kink Bla Bla Mouth the first. If we get through next three years without a war, we are going to be really, really, lucky.


This guy has the morals of a toad and the backbone of a cup of cottage cheese.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:01 | 4417139 axel_hose
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Perhaps we should send a message and sinkum. What would happen..a bunch of diplomatic blather at worst.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:21 | 4417405 lakecity55
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Why would Bath House fire on fellow muslims?

Now, I could see him firing on Canadian or British warships.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 16:41 | 4417773 James
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Iranians are not Muslim.

They are Persians.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:03 | 4417145 marcusfenix
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from what I have been able to gather, this whole story is largely a propaganda wash and spin by the western media (surprise, surprise). US naval sources quoted have said that the Iranian warships have not left African waters and that there deployment in the area is nothing new or unusual.

must be a slow news day. 

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:42 | 4417214 DaveyJones
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good point,  Western media should go back to criticizing every possible error at the winter olympics

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:14 | 4417387 LMAOLORI
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Over on Forbes right now  they have an article titled Should the west be meddling in the Ukraine? the core text of the article isn't really a question at all it is an essay on why the author thinks we should stick our noses in. Good old MSN of course only one side is presented the side where we should intervene and nothing said about who is sticking their noses into the area.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:05 | 4417146 rsnoble
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LMAO just more of an annoyance that wont go away.  I think iran is pyscopath.........trying to slap the US as many times as possible and gets off getting away with it, testing and testing.  They will find out who the biggest psychopaths are if they keep it up lol.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:34 | 4417427 logically possible
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You don't know much about Iran do you?
Start with looking at what countries haven't surrendered to the almighty dollar.
Then tell me how many wars Iran has started in the last 500 years.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 16:12 | 4417714 NickVegas
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Standard MIC propaganda, tried and true over time. Let's just take a look at the key phrases. "iran is pyscopath", "slap the US", "getting away with it", "biggest psychopaths". It's like a small narrative. Here is the psyops.

Unpredictable, bad people, from far away lands are testing our defense mechanism without punishment. If they keep testing our defense mechanism without punishment, you, the dear reader will find psychological relief when we destroy the unpredicatable, bad people from far away if they don't stop doing what we have warned them against.


Look for the mini-narrative, and you too, can play psyops at home.


Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:03 | 4417148 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Maybe they are stopping by Venezuela to drop off some toilet paper on their trip.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:06 | 4417152 l.kimbot
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"This is precisely what America's enemy number 1 until recently, Iran, has just done."

Quit reading here.  

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:06 | 4417153 Everybodys All ...
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Are a few warning shots across the bow warranted? Not from OBlowme.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:19 | 4417398 lakecity55
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Why would Backdoor fire at his own side's ships?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:08 | 4417161 Spankrupt
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Couldn't they have just text messaged

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:09 | 4417163 Smegley Wanxalot
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If they launch nukes against DC, NYC, Baltimore, Boston, or the rest of that shitty govt-humping tyranny-enabling dictatorial enclave, I won't shed a tear, nor will I give a fuck.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:16 | 4417283 TheFourthStooge-ing
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They will be welcomed as liberators.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:18 | 4417177 Herdee
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Maybe just sit down together and smoke the peace pipe.(Add in a little BC Big Bud)

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