With The Enterprise Just 4 Days Away From Arrival, A SWIFT Cut Off Of Iran

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: as we hit print, we see headlines that the UK will cooperate with the US on bilateral agreement to release oil stocks. Crude down big on the news, which is merely an advance move ahead of almost inevitable war with Iran, simply to make the spike more palatable.

The push to get Iran to do something terminally irrational (now that USS Enterprise in its final tour of duty is almost on location just off the side of CVN-70 Lincoln and CVN-72 Vinson in the Arabian Sea, where the US will shortly have not one, not two, but three aircraft carriers) is now in its final stretch. As AP reported earlier, Iran has been now entirely cut off from the global financial system, as that anchor of international financial transactions, SWIFT, has just taken Iran off the grid. This leaves Iran with just three options for international trade: making gold into a fully convertible currency, barter, or exchanging Rials for Renminbi and other local currencies.

From the AP:

The SWIFT global financial transaction service said Thursday that it was cutting ties with Iranian banks that are subject to European Union sanctions aimed at discouraging the country from developing nuclear weapons.


The action effectively enforces EU sanction because the world's financial transactions are impossible without using SWIFT, and it will go a long way toward isolating Iran financially.


The company's name stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. It is a banking hub crucial to oil, financial transactions and other trades.


In a statement, SWIFT said the EU decision "prohibits companies such as SWIFT to continue to provide specialized financial messaging services to EU-sanctioned banks."


"Disconnecting banks is an extraordinary and unprecedented step for SWIFT," Lazaro Campos, chief executive of SWIFT, said. "It is a direct result of international and multilateral action to intensify financial sanctions against Iran."

In other words: Iran, please do your worst. And just to make it easier, the US has now stacked an entire armada of easy targets in close vicinity, which not even a naive fool can mistake anymore for prewar preparations.

Here is what the naval picture in the Arabian Sea looked like most recently, where courtesy of Stratfor we can see that not only is CVN-65 full steam ahead to its final date with history somewhere off the shores of Iran, but that LHD8 Makin Island crossed the Straits of Hormuz recently. Just because. 

Virtually the entire non-parked naval fleet will be in the Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf in the next 4-6 days, where 3 aircraft carriers and one big-deck amphibious warfare ship are just waiting for the order.

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Spider's picture

Another war???  Smells like desperation...

SilverTree's picture



whores of wars on Iranian shores

nope-1004's picture

All this because Iran chose to sell oil in something other than US dollars.  And gold needs to be seized.  LOL.

Unreal.  The world will gang up on the US and overthrow it as this idiotic foreign policy escalates in years to come.


uno's picture

off to Uganda now, can't bring the carriers, then South Sudan. 

smlbizman's picture

now i know what michelle ob am a meant when she said she was embarrassed to be an american...i think we all feel her pain..

sullymandias's picture

We need a handful of countries to take part in a long-term joint military exercises on Iranian soil. Put, say, a thousand soldiers each from Russia, China, Venezuela, NK, India, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan. Let US/Israel be clear that war with Iran starts WWIII. It's the only way to stop this insanity.

caconhma's picture

OK, go ahead Zionist-owned America. Ruin itself.

Now that Syria smashed Zionist/NATO/Al Qaeda mercenaries & gangsters and it is ready to join Iran in destroying Israel. God help them. And God help Zionist-free and independent America.


There will not be war before the elections unless Zionist-puppet Obama is ready to declare a Martial Law in America.


frieswiththat's picture

Goosfraba.........You Arabs are such emotional creatures!

Randall Cabot's picture

Yeah, they're the ones that are going to sink the Enterprise and blame it on Iran.

Sakka's picture

Send an email to the Naval Intelligence people on board, this conspiracy has to have occured to some of them right?

Triggernometry's picture

Fuck it, we'll do it live!!!

Liquid Courage's picture

Right. Can we call that Geopolitical Entropy? Or maybe Karma?, or a little visit from the goddess Nemesis? Happens to all empires whether they choose to call themselves "empire" or not.

To build an empire is a crime against some future posterity who will pay the price for the Hubris of their fore-bearers. And those builders - being also hypocrites - will insist that they're doing it for posterity. The irony is thick with those whom power has corrupted.

Say, didn't WB7 make some reference to Ozimandius a few days ago? Same old story.

Divided States of America's picture

From the map, it looks like the Middle East is the new 'home away from home' for the US military.

CompassionateFascist's picture

I don't think IranWar imminent yet. Look for one carrier to go off station when the "E" arrives. If all three stay w/in strike range, game on. Odd, tho. 3 CBGs isn't going to be half enough.

fonestar's picture

But didn't Ben tell Ron when he held up his silver coin that people are free to choose whatever currency they like?  Oh, right.... he meant people and not the untermensch we pray on.

trembo slice's picture

I guess whoever downvoted you doesn't get that destruction is the opposite of production.  Or that our wars are financed through the destruction of our own money.  Stupid gay statists.

Spastica Rex's picture

Oh, you're being gay and communist. War kicks ass and helps people with penis perception issues.

John Wilmot's picture

What?! They have big dicks?! BOMB THEM!!

...the technical term for this affliction is "dick fear"

connda's picture

Remember: Change We Can Believe In! <wink wink, nod nod>

ilovefreedom's picture

"Confidence" was years ago, we've moved on from "hope", practically skipped "faith" and now we're getting close to "prayer"

krispkritter's picture

Funny, but whenever I mention Ron Paul to the Ignorati, they reply that his foreign policy is 'idiotic' or 'lunacy'.  You really just can't make some people open their eyes and minds to how foreign our current 'foreign policy' is to the Constitution...

Spastica Rex's picture

Do it, and just use the following as a retort:

"Oh yeah?! Takes one to know one!"

And then sock them in the jaw.

Crab Cake's picture

Bingo! Someone here has put two and two together, but how does one overthrow the biggest castle and moat in history? This ends when nukes get lobbed, and my bet is n america will be mostly uninhabitable all said and done... perhaps the n hemisphere. We didnt invade Japan proper for a reason, and this lesson will not be lost on our adversaries when the next real war between legitamite powers erupts.

sof_hannibal's picture

It's sick isn't it... "...WAR is a racket. It always has been. War is just a racket. A racket is best described,I believe,as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies,its "muscle men" to destroy enemies,its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism. It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force,the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period,I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business,for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short,I was a racketeer,a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession,I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service. I helped make Mexico,especially Tampico,safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. During those years,I had,as the boys in the back room would say,a swell racket. Looking back on it,I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints.

The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives... In the World War a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows...

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill... And what is this bill? This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations... ...a war that might well cost us tens of billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives of Americans, and many more hundreds of thousands of physically maimed and mentally unbalanced men.

Of course, for this loss, there would be a compensating profit –fortunes would be made. Millions and billions of dollars would be piled up. By a few. Munitions makers. Bankers. Ship builders. Manufacturers. Meat packers. Speculators. They would fare well. Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn't they? It pays high dividends... The normal profits of a business concern in the United States are six, eight, ten, and sometimes twelve percent. But war-time profits – ah! that is another matter – twenty, sixty, one hundred, three hundred, and even eighteen hundred per cent – the sky is the limit. All that traffic will bear. Uncle Sam has the money. Let's get it... Of course, it isn't put that crudely in war time. It is dressed into speeches about patriotism, love of country, and "we must all put our shoulders to the wheel," but the profits jump and leap and skyrocket –and are safely pocketed. It has been estimated by statisticians and economists and researchers that the war cost your Uncle Sam $52,000,000,000. Of this sum, $39,000,000,000 was expended in the actual war itself. This expenditure yielded $16,000,000,000 in profits. That is how the 21,000 billionaires and millionaires got that way. This $16,000,000,000 profits is not to be sneezed at. It is quite a tidy sum. And it went to a very few... Who provides the profits – these nice little profits of 20, 100, 300, 1,500 and 1,800 per cent? We all pay them –in taxation. We paid the bankers their profits when we bought Liberty Bonds at $100.00 and sold them back at $84 or $86 to the bankers. These bankers collected $100 plus. It was a simple manipulation. The bankers control the security marts. It was easy for them to depress the price of these bonds.

Then all of us – the people – got frightened and sold the bonds at $84 or $86. The bankers bought them. Then these same bankers stimulated a boom and government bonds went to par – and above. Then the bankers collected their profits. But the soldier pays the biggest part of the bill. If you don't believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran's hospitals in the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of which I am at the time of this writing, I have visited eighteen government hospitals for veterans. In them are a total of about 50,000 destroyed men – men who were the pick of the nation eighteen years ago. The very able chief surgeon at the government hospital; at Milwaukee, where there are 3,800 of the living dead, told me that mortality among veterans is three times as great as among those who stayed at home... ...to hell with war..."

--MAJ General Smedley D. Butler, USMC; 1935 (1935 for Christ's sake, nothing changes, history repeats, the fall of Rome, the fall of the British Empire, the fall of the USSR, and now the end of the USA)...

SilverTree's picture

Well, apperently they need to lube-up our ass holes and give us a wiff of poppers to lessen the sudden spike up.



battle axe's picture

Yup, Look at the pretty war I am setting up so you will not look in the back yard and see the burning wreck that is the world economy. So once again, the policeman of the world (USA) is going to be dragged into another war that we can not afford and waste more lives and expensive equipment for Oil and Fucking ISRAEL. WE ARE BROKE AND CAN NOT AFFORD THIS SHIT, ISRAEL FIGHT YOUR OWN WARS YOU ASSHOLES!!!!

T-roll's picture

I agree.  Israel has nukes and we have armed them well over the years to the point that they can take care of themselves.  However, most of the Sheeple support a war with Iran so that is what we will get.  Will we ever freakin' learn!!!!

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Most Americans oppose a war with Iran as do the Pentagon and all US intelligence agencies.

lolmao500's picture

Stage a false-flag and most of the morons (90%+) will support it. Only a minority have woken up to the whole scam.

Divided States of America's picture

Would love to see the likes of Laurence Fink, Jim Cramer, basically the entire Federal Reserve board led by Benny Boy and the leader of God's Sanctuary Lord Blanfiend in military gear signing up battle...I would be rooting for the rebels in that battle.

Xanadu_doo's picture

"Stage a false-flag and most of the morons (90%+) will support it."

Correct again. See also: 9-11

mendigo's picture

I suspect the immediate target is Syria - more popolar.
Just saber rattling witj Iran.

john39's picture

but israel printed all that good money to buy US politicians and MSM outlets... why let that go to waste? why fight a war when you can make the idiot americans do it for you?

Zymurguy's picture

I understand the point you are making... right up to the "Israel fight your own wars..." comment.

I don't think Israel would have any trouble defending herself.  We don't NEED to go in there for her.

Our puppet masters want us to go into Iran because of many factors... the govt. there wasn't toppled by all the rioting, etc. a couple years ago as they had hoped... Iran is maneuvering to distribute oil without using PetroDollars... they have showcased the ability to launch long range missles capable of delivering nuclear warheads... they have stated countless times that they intend to destroy the US.

They are a thorn in the side of the global elitist money controllers and we are the ones who have to deal with it.  Our role for them is to be the chosen people who fight and spill blood for their cause.

battle axe's picture

Zymurguy: Ok, simple question, then why don't we let Israel fight this one on there own? The reason is because the Zionist Lobby will never allow it and it is, wait for it, Yes an election year. Real simple, if we didn't have to support Israel we would not be in half of the bullshit we are in, in the Middle East. So again, Israel should grow a set of balls and FIGHT THERE OWN GODDAMN WARs!

pkea's picture

TPTB can always afford lives and expensive equipment for oil

zerozulu's picture

Its time for Obama to sacrifice himself for this country and justify the noble prize he got in advance.

LongBalls's picture

This is not about Isreal. That is the side show. This is about the "petro dollar" status and a dying currency. Say hello to the SDR. But will it be backed by gold? I presume they will do all they can to prevent that.

Tompooz's picture


But they do..they just prefer to fight it on Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian and ,if must be, on US soil.

LookingWithAmazement's picture

Tension rises, oil lower. "They" will not let the economy collapse in case Iran is attacked or attacks. Iran is a hype. Boring world we live in.