US Amphibious Warship With 550 Marines Enters Persian Gulf

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Following the arrival of the US aircraft carrier CVN-77, the ironically named George H.W. Bush, in the Persian Gulf, another US warship, LPD-19, the USS Mesa Verde also entered the Persian Gulf moments ago.

Its cargo: some 550 US marines.

Mesa Verda has entered the Gulf to "provide the commander-in-chief additional options to protect American citizens and interests in Iraq, should he choose to use them." Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

"USS Mesa Verde is capable of conducting a variety of quick reaction and crisis response operations. The ship carries a complement of MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft." He said.

As CNN reported earlier, this comes after President Obama ruled out sending ground troops to the militant-assaulted country. The USS Mesa Verde is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, a ship designed to carry an expeditionary force across the sea and deploy landing craft and helicopters.

Will the marines be offloaded in Iraq? Surely not: after all Obama, rushing to catch AF1 to Palm Spring last week said he didn’t intend to send ground troops to Iraq again, two years after pulling out American troops from the country. And Obama never lies about stuff like that.

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Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:12 | 4860706 BigJim
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He'll send them into Syria instead!

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:35 | 4860746 BorisTheBlade
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Close, 550 marines is force enough to cover an urgent retreat should that be necessary. And that's just years after State Department acquired and developed prime real estate piece in Baghdad, soon to be Al Qaeda worldwide headquarters.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:41 | 4860769 knukles
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We have been treating them very well, so why not prime real-estate. 

Section 8 for Terrorist er excuse me, Freedom Fighter Program.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:52 | 4860811 smlbizman
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a global force.....for good....

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:59 | 4860834 Urban Roman
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Mission Accomplished.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:12 | 4860874 J S Bach
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Just like the Romans' incessant battles against the northern tribes (Gaels, Celts, Goths, etc...)  Once they got a toe-hold in lands not-there-own, it was a constant drain on their man-power and resources.

Same here today.

What I want to know is - where are the war-protesters?  How long does our imperial hubris go on?

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:18 | 4860898 knukles
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The protesters were almost always predominantly the left of center types.
Gosh, can't be criticizing the Messiah who you Voted Twice for...  Would be bad form to look as if you're agreeing with the Tea Party and Libertarian types. 

Cicero wrote widely of the Rot of Rome.
Fascinating reading in that just "the names were changed to protect the innocent"

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:28 | 4860922 Newsboy
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Chossudovsky thinks the US is running or instigating this conflict. He thinks it's not odd at all that the US funded and trained ISIS. Stay tuned, I guess.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:36 | 4860942 SamAdams
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The USSA has military everywhere, and manuevers such as this are designed to intimidate and encourage an attack.  The FED's military is itchin' for a big, big war....  And never forget, Putin's bankers are part of the same club.  They bankers win, regardless of which nation loses...

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:48 | 4860978 WillyGroper
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PCR has repeatedly alluded to nukularwar.

Now this.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:55 | 4861011 greatbeard
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>> can't be criticizing the Messiah who you Voted Twice for...

Did you happen to miss the fact that OWS was ruthlessly crushed by Obama and his henchmen? 

>> Would be bad form to look as if you're agreeing with the Tea Party 

Help me out here, when did the Tea Party ever protest anything military?  Tea Party war protestors?  I must have missed it.


Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:17 | 4861283 PartysOver
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Take look into Ron Paul and you will find that answer.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:25 | 4860913 Mudflap
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I'm thinking the plan is more about covering up 'everything' with some heavy ordinance once the capital falls.  Trying to clean up every little thing that needs removed one by one is just too wasteful when one shock and awe event will serve so many additional purposes as well.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 13:17 | 4861718 HardAssets
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Will the marines be ordered to attack 'our good Al Qaeda', 'bad Al Qaeda', or to protect the drug biz (ala poppy field guards) ?

Being a 'dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy' - Kissinger's words - today is do damned complicated.


Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:32 | 4860753 Cognitive Dissonance
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An image that will live in infamy.

Getting out of Dodge


Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:40 | 4860772 SWRichmond
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Not infamous enough.  Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:51 | 4860807 Cognitive Dissonance
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Well....Obama was around 14 back then (born 1961) and too busy surfing porn on his iPhone to notice the carnage over in Vietnam.


Of course I'm not too sure exactly where he was born....but they sell iPhones to anybody so it didn't matter.

/double sarc

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:01 | 4860842 Urban Roman
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Those who do study history are doomed to stand around helplessly while everybody else repeats it.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:15 | 4860893 Ides of November
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Feels very much the case now doesn't it - at least since the Ukrainian coup in February!

A slow march to War - which will certainly be upon us before the year is out - or perhaps just in time for the Centenary 'celebrations'!! (June 28, 1914).

Is Poroshenko lining himself up for a reprisal of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand role perhaps?

Kids will ask in future - why did we go to War to save the Chocolate King mum?

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:30 | 4860930 knukles
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Because the President declared Chocolate the National Fruit.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 17:42 | 4862858 krispkritter
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I thought that was Richard Simmons?

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:41 | 4860962 shovelhead
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Russia protecting Russians in a former Russian territory with a shared border is "naked aggression".

The US protecting Americans in a formerly US occupied war zone halfway around the globe is fuck...who knows,  "clothed aggression" ?

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:12 | 4861071 ExpendableOne
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It's a nice excuse to bomb the crap out of anything between Bahgdad and the Med.  

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:47 | 4861404 DaveyJones
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well said

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:46 | 4861189 FrankDrakman
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Well, if Bambam was 14 in 1975, and he was surfing porn on his iPhone, he's one fucking smart dude, because the Internet wasn't around until the 1990's, and the iPhone wasn't around until 2005.

Other than that, I agree with everything you say.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:54 | 4861206 Haus-Targaryen
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iPhone showed up in 2007

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:18 | 4861286 TBT or not TBT
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Pedantry on the other hand is older than ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.   Probably. 

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:58 | 4860825 Uncle Remus
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An image that will live in infamy.


I was expecting a wedding picture with my first wife...

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:15 | 4860887 greatbeard
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>> a wedding picture

Funny shit.  I had one of those floating around (mine, not yours) for the 30  years since the divorce.  It finally went to hell out in the pole barn.  It was a great big 12X16 or some silly size.  God, the innocence of youth.  Funny thing is, I knew I was making a huge mistake but I got engaged to shut her the fuck up and keep the pussy rolling.  I figured in a year and a half were sure to split up.  Stupid me.  On the bright side, the marriage only lasted three years and I was never that stupid again.  I just broke up with a 24 year significant other and it was oh so simple.  She moved out, came back, packed her shit, I loaded it up in my 7X16, set her up in the new place, kiss good by, and it was over.  This time I kept my house, my bank account, and no double attorney's bills to pay.  Marriage, like most of you know, is a scam not to be repeated.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:50 | 4860985 shovelhead
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You got far. Look up statute for time limit to file.

Most states recognize common law marriage after 5-7 years. Some of those then go for 50/50 split.

Men...Paying for vajayjay since... forever.


Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:51 | 4860995 MachoMan
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It's always interesting to me when people of multiple failed marriages claim that the union itself is flawed, rather than face the reality of the common thread of each marriage.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:16 | 4861081 greatbeard
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>> common thread

Hey, I never said I wasn't the problem.  Still, I see no reason to pay two attorneys to give half of what I own to some woman.  Why point the finger of blame?  Take your ball and move on.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:56 | 4861439 MachoMan
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If you can accept your failures, then it makes perfect sense to avoid fees of all sorts, including attorneys (who are usually the only ones who win in the deal).  I would question why I wasn't more inclined towards self improvement and ensuring that I was no longer the common denominator in failed relationships, but to each his own.  If you're perfectly happy in shallow relationships, then power to you, but most people aren't.  You may find that life is better with more sound attachments.

PS, depending on your jurisdiction, you should only have to cough up half if she's been married to you throughout your entire earning career; what you bring to the marriage, as well as any gifts or inheritance, are likely your separate property, subject to the rules on commingling.  In short, depending on your situation, you may have the option of firewalling most of your assets from a prospective spouse without having the conversation of a prenup that will eventually ensure your divorce.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:33 | 4861575 IREN Colorado
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If I'd shot her the day I met her, I'd have been out 15 years ago with good behavior. The act itself being the first demonstration there-of.......

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:55 | 4861009 WillyGroper
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April 29. 

That day pops up alot.



Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:40 | 4861168 kchrisc
Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:21 | 4860727 Chuck Knoblauch
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He'll send them where he's told to send them.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:25 | 4861551 Meat Hammer
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Preach it!  Obama is a coinduit. We can't remind ourselves enough.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:39 | 4860957 JJdog
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Obama already said no troops on the ground, these 550 Marines will be watching Iraq on the boat! Obama doesn't LIE! 


Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:43 | 4860966 NEKO
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Sorry I misread the article...  USS Mesa Verde, thought it was Mess a Brownie...

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:26 | 4860708 Cognitive Dissonance
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How close are they to the shores of Tripoli?

<I can name that tune in two notes.>

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:31 | 4860749 flapdoodle
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I confused it with

"Smoke on the Water"

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:59 | 4860832 Uncle Remus
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Plus 100 for combo FZ/Deep Purple ref.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:14 | 4860711 Dr. Richard Head
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Could you imagine what your own personal life would be like if you acted like the US government does? It's like the guy who goes around going, "How about you and him fight"

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:15 | 4860714 Bro of the Sorr...
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the rest of the world already thinks we are jersey shore characters.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:53 | 4861005 shovelhead
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Guidos wit speedos. An gold chains.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:28 | 4860744 Dr. Engali
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Those 550 marines are headed towards the wrong country. The terrorists in Washington is what needs to be cleared out.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:14 | 4860713 grozniy
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No boots on the ground? OK. Send marines in. Make sure they wear sneakers.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:15 | 4860715 Seasmoke
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There is a lucky 550 guys. 



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