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Third US Aircraft Carrier Returning Unexpectedly To Mideast Ahead Of Schedule

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The last time the US navy sent three aircraft carriers into the Arabian Sea/Persian Gulf was just a few short weeks before WTI broke above $110, and aggressive military tensions, coupled with concerns of an imminent invasion of Iran by Israel and/or 'others', were running  high. Then summer arrived, as did the need to lower the price of gas and crude ahead of a veritable cornucopia of central banks easing into June and July, not to mention the need to keep gas as low as possible into the July 4th holiday. Now that the peak summer months are behind us this is all changing, and 4 months ahead of the presidential election, the need to have the "Wag the Dog" put option to round up the troops, not to mention votes, has arrived, as has the need to return to an outright aggressive military stance where Iran is concerned. Which is why we were not very surprised to learn that that Middle East veteran aircraft carrier, the CVN-74 Stennis, is going right back into Mordor, a few short months after it came back from its long stint in the Fifth Fleet, and will shortly complete the trio of aircraft carriers stationed within miles of Iran.

From Kitsapsun:

"Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis is returning to the Middle East much sooner than expected. The Navy hasn't officially announced the new deployment plan for the Stennis, said spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Zach Harrell." The ship came home to Naval Base Kitsap on March 2 after seven months of launching planes into Iraq and Afghanistan. Generally, it wouldn't go back to the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility for four to five years, after a deployment to the Western Pacific and a maintenance period. But with Iran making threats, crew members learned Saturday they'll be leaving again in late August for eight months."

Oh, it is Iran making threats? We get it. Just like Syria is making threats to Turkey after the country "aggressively" took down a Turkish jet which was amicably flying over Syrian territory.

At least with the Stennis back, the US public can sleep soundly because Iran will not feel at all threatened with not two but three carriers, not to mention however many supporting ships:

Two U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups — USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Enterprise — are now in the Middle East. The Navy has doubled the number of minesweepers in the region, to eight, and moved a converted amphibious transport and docking ship, the USS Ponce, into the Persian Gulf to serve as a floating staging base for military operations or humanitarian assistance. Its first job will be as a hub for mine-clearing, according to Pentagon officials.

At least unlike the the Enterprise, which is currently on its final lifetime assignment for some reason in the Persian Gulf, the Stennis at least is veteran when it comes to all matters Middle Eastern.

The Stennis is familiar with Iranian threats. During its last deployment, which ran from August 2011 to March 2012, it exited the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz. The chief of Iran's military was quoted as telling "the American warship that passed through the Strait of Hormuz and went to the Gulf of Oman not to return to the Persian Gulf." The Stennis just went about its business, launching planes to help troops in Afghanistan, though family and friends back home were worried by the news coverage.


U.S. officials said the ships were in international waters, and they won't tolerate any effort by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-sixth of the world's oil is transported.


During its last deployment, the Stennis air wing conducted 13,389 sorties in support of troops in both wars, and rescued Iranian cargo ship sailors from pirates.

Finally, for those curious where US naval interest lie, here is the latest naval update map courtesy of Stratfor:


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Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:03 | 2602627 i-dog
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It's just Hillary showing off!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:04 | 2602635 Precious
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Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it."  - Joseph Heller

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:11 | 2602668 Manthong
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+1 on the headline..

and as expected, I am shocked.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:25 | 2602712 Ratscam
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Russia, China, Iran and Syria launch massive joint military exercise to defend mid-east. I hope John Batchelor is wrong or that the US will stop it's imperialistic behavior. Then again, might just be another "wag the dog" story.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:41 | 2602796 knukles
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I cannot help wondering if this has anything to do with penis size and elections.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:15 | 2602901 gtb
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Are you saying we have a big dick (head) for president?  You're right.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 17:02 | 2614521 Precious
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The Legalist philosophers of China emphasized the primacy of the state over individual autonomy. The lone individual had no legitimate civil rights and any personal freedom had to strengthen the ruler. Fundamentally, the Legalists viewed the plebeian (common people of lower class) and their actions as evil and foolish. However, Legalism allowed the common people to gain in rank if they performed well. For example, soldiers would gain in rank according to the number of heads the soldiers collected. 

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:03 | 2603111 disabledvet
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August 1914 redux.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 17:42 | 2603673 Betty Swallsack
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It is also 'convenient' timing for the soon-to-be-decommissioned, nuclear powered Enterpirse.  Decommissioning is so expensive and there are far too many environmental procedures to follow.  So, why not false flag the sucker, thereby sinking the expensive decommissioning problem to the bottom of some other country's waterway, far, far away?  Then, it could be blamed on Iran.  Perfect.  Now Israel's nuclear by-product profits in medical isotopes will be protected after the US is sent in, by Israel, to attack Iran.  After all, the only threat to Israel, by Iran, is to Israel's own, and UNINSPECTED nuclear program.  Israel wants to keep a hold on the market.  They can't have or allow Iran step in and take away that market share in the radio isotopes, and other/related nuclear power by-products biz.

I wonder how this violates article 4 of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty when one country [the US], that is signatory to that treaty, aids another that is not [Israel], but threatens, almost daily, another country that is also signatory to that treaty [Iran].

Because the US and Iran are signatory to that treaty, it's the obligation of the US and other nations, as signing members, to help the others in developing their nuclear programs.  Also, if the US did honour the treaty, there would be little to no mystery surrounding the nuclear program.  There is no mystery anyway.  It's known through inspections, but demonizing Iran and dishonouring the treaty makes for great fodder for the bingo callers on the disinfo channels every weekday at 6pm, doesn't it?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:29 | 2602753 quintago
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You idealists crack me up!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:44 | 2602804 Red Heeler
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I suspect you showed up here cracked.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:15 | 2602900 Peter Pan
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Perhaps the carrier is headed to Iran for refuelling.

Jokes aside, I can understand the posturing and manouvering going on but the USA needs to temper its chest beating because since WWII all these wars achieved nothing but death, defcits and more enemies.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:34 | 2602959 mick_richfield
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all these wars achieved nothing but death, deficits and more enemies.

B-but -- that's what they were meant to achieve!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:56 | 2603334 battle axe
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Great, and  how much is this now costing? print print print.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:03 | 2602628 bob_dabolina
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Hillary needs to show everyone how big her dick is

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:33 | 2602768 caconhma
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The analyst added that up to 50 percent of Israeli youth are refusing military service of which ‘ultra-orthodox’ Jews are already exempt.

“In an interview with a former US military attaché to Israel, I was told that only a few units of the Israeli army are ‘first-rate’ with the rest much less capable,” Duff added.

He argued that due to its fear of Iran, Israel may resort to any machination to get other countries engaged in a war on Iran.

“Israel is likely to try to precipitate a war on Iran by staging an attack on the US, its forces in the Persian Gulf region or on a European NATO target, most likely the London Olympics…. There has been highly credible information that an attack on the Olympics is planned,” he said.

After attacking the US ships in the Persian Gulf or the London Olympics, Duff added, Israel will use its powerful lobby in the US and international media to blame Iran for what had happened.

“With world economies on the edge of general collapse, any major conflict, particularly one that could draw in China or, worse still, present the United States in the role of aggressor and Israeli military surrogate again, would be historically unsustainable.” the analyst concluded.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:06 | 2602876 Seorse Gorog fr...
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As long as it's after the 100m finals. Stratford's a shithole anyway.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:15 | 2602902 Sgt. Oddball
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Certainly we can trust our ally Israel to not do something so foolish such as attack one of our ships and try to blame it on one of their potential targets.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 16:58 | 2603543 Ineverslice
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Woof, woof!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 17:47 | 2603688 Debtonation
Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:03 | 2602629 fnordfnordfnord
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Inb4 "Iranian sponsored" terr'ism incident in 5...4...3...

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:04 | 2602631 Pairadimes
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Almost time to wag the dog.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:20 | 2602707 pods
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Well that $400 per gallon green fuel is not going to burn itself?

Gotta stimulate GDP somehow.


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:31 | 2602761 Tirpitz
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Don't they spend another 400 buck a bucket to fly it into Afghanistan? If they had to succumb to the forces of a market...

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:04 | 2602871 ParkAveFlasher
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Fly an aircraft carrier into Afghanistan?  Brilliant!!!!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:37 | 2602981 mick_richfield
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Look, you've got to admit that it would impress the mujaheddin.  All the tribal elders would agree that the Russians never did anything like that.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:37 | 2602783 torak
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.....and in 3, 2, 1 -- Game ON!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:04 | 2602632 Negro Primero
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Stratfor? Again?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:42 | 2602800 tarsubil
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The map is just data not analysis. Analysis and thinking is where Stratfor has trouble.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:47 | 2603020 Shitters_Full
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"The map is just data not analysis. Analysis and thinking is where Stratfor has trouble."

And with IT security.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:04 | 2602634 barkingbill
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mordor however is on wallstreet, not in the middle east. tolkein got that one wrong....

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:04 | 2602637 WilliamShatner
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Warp speed ahead to WW3?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:23 | 2602719 Taint Boil
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I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.


Albert Einstein

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 22:20 | 2604506 mjcOH1
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Bullish on sticks.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:05 | 2602640 barkingbill
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one bank to rule them all!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:07 | 2602645 ptoemmes
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4 to 5 years is not "ahead of schedule". It's "PONDEROUSLY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE"!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:07 | 2602646 walküre
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Just ponder for a minute the amount of steel that's floating around constantly. The amount of fuel that these vessels consume and the infrastructure in place to maintain its crews.

All that is paid for with a currency backed by oil and fraud from Wall Street. Those two are the single biggest contributors to the budget that pays for the protection.

And Americans still wondering why the world is disgusted by us?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:33 | 2602769 Tirpitz
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On TV they explained that we'd be the good guys, doing all the bombings for humanitarian purposes.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:47 | 2602815 i-dog
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It is indeed fortunate that we have the TV to explain these things to us! Otherwise, we might be led to mistakenly conclude that they're ... SPENDING MONEY THAT THEY DON'T HAVE!!!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:05 | 2602875 walküre
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Europe is unravelling before our very eyes. Even the most ignorant to world and economic affairs are starting to wonder "where money comes from". They're asking, why can't Greece just keep going as they always have? And now Spain and Italy are having problems? How come these problems cannot be "fixed" with more money?

Germany's resistance to fund the "fix" is making it quite obious that at the end of the day, money is not growing on trees or the Germans would surely have planted a few of those in their backyards.

The longer the mirage of synthetic wealth continues, the more obvious it becomes to all that wealth just doesn't exist. It's all smoke and mirrors guaranteed with a bunch of promises on paper, based on very creative accounting but in the end no increase in yield.

That rubber is meeting the road now and it will come to a full screeching stop when the ponzi ends.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:41 | 2602797 torak
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"All that is paid for with a currency backed by oil and fraud from Wall Street."

Hence, the reason to invade Iran (on whatever pretense). 

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:39 | 2602986 mick_richfield
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And Wall Street.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:04 | 2603118 knightowl77
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But but but....Obummer has a Nobel Peace Prize so surely this ok with the world???? /sarc

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:07 | 2602648 barkingbill
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Three Banks for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Bank to rule them all, One Bank to find them,
One Bank to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:07 | 2602650 SeverinSlade
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War with Iran/Syria highly probable as we approach yet another debt ceiling breach (which will occur prior to the November election). Wag the dog/false flag event to make the debt ceiling breach (and the subsequent downgrade of US sovereign credit rating) patriotic and a matter of national security.
Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:35 | 2602775 Tirpitz
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War is always a matter of national security. And even more so a way to secure campaign financing...

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:47 | 2602978 caconhma
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"War with Iran/Syria highly probable ".

I don't think so. If it was a case, the USA and Israeli would have started a war, at least in Syria, a long time ago. Let us make a step back and review America military capabilities in the last 10 years:

- In Iraq, from 8 Iraqis armies, 6 did not fight at all since their military commanders where bought out and the other 2 where deserted seeing that they were betrayed. There was not much of fighting going on. The, Iraq’s occupation broke American economy and allowed China and Russia plenty of time to substantially recover and/or develop  their economies and military capabilities.

- Afghanistan was “easy in and a nightmare to stay”. Any agreements Hillary has signed with the present Afghan puppets are totally useless since as soon as NATO is out the Taliban will be in.

- The Libya’s NATO intervention lasted a long time until NATO introduced its ground forces and bribed most of Qaddafi’s military establishment. Furthermore, instead of fighting a war, Qaddafi was spending too much time talking by phone to his “friends” Berlusconi and Sarkozy about a “negotiable solution” instead of hitting NATO home bases and its own civilian centers. One more thing, 5-million Libya did not have a regular army. Qaddafi and his female bodyguards were fucking clowns.

Now let us look at Iraq:

-      Iran has a 1 million regular army and 10 millions in the reserve. It does not look like Iranian army was bought out.

-      An Iranian occupation will require at least a 1-million++ strong ground army. Then, who will provide Home Security here in America if things will go out of hands?

-      Iranian mountain landscape is making ground operations in Iran close to impossible. Just look at the Russia endless war in 1-million Chechnya. Iran is close to 75M

-      If Iranian Ayatollahs are ready to fight back hitting hard American/NATO/Israel targets and population centers then it will escalate into a big war the West is not about able to afford.

Finally, are all these Zionist gangsters ready to die in an all out WWIII? After all, there will not be any places to hide and survive!


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 18:20 | 2603761 SeverinSlade
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All valid points.  You forget, however, that our government has said out in the open before how they wanted a false flag to justify a war with Iran.  Also unlike last year's debt ceiling breach, this year we have a Presidential election.  If the Rothschild Zionists want Romney to win, then war isn't required as Obama continues to dig his own grave.  The economy is sinking, the Fed's hands are tied (as massive LSAP without a redux of 2008/2009 will make Bernanke appear to be playing politics and will thus no longer appear to be an "independent governmental agency"), Obamacare is unpopular, TOTUS has shown that he has no regard for his oath of office (with measures like NDAA signed into law, executive orders granting himself full control over the entire nation's resources including labor),..But I suspect that Romney is playing the same role as Kerry did to W Bush.  Romney is the same as Obama on all important issues,  He's pledged to repeal Obamacare (which even if elected we know he won't).  If the choice comes down to the lesser of two evils, who would the masses vote for if war was on the table?  A "regular joe" fighting for the low/middle class or a very cold, awkward, rich dude that walked from Wall Street to the Governor? 

I think people are giving the central planners too much credit.  They have amazed us so far with their ability to kick the can down the road, but the road is at its end.  The Chinese (and thus, the rest of the world) are distancing themselves from the USD (and all fiat currencies) by furiously buying physical gold.  The Euro will implode unless a Federal European superstate is created (which will happen if we have a bigger and badder version of the most recent financial crisis).  Domestic agencies like DHS and FEMA are gearing up for something big (millions of rounds of hollow-points, bullet proof checkpoints, trucks that look like tanks).  And don't even get me started on the media.  Take a look at music videos, movies, commercials, etc. ALL OF WHICH are now showing images of a police state crack down as if it were normal.  Is all this happening just so we can kick the can a few more years? I don't think so. 

It all depends on what TPTB want.  If they're not ready quite yet, Romney will win and war will be postponed.  But based on all of the news that comes out daily, I don't think they're planning on waiting much longer.

Iran won't be an easy war, that's for damn sure.  But I don't think Iran will be a typical military assault.  TPTB's goal isn't to topple a puppet that is no longer loyal.  Their goal is total annihilation.  The US is the power arm of the NWO.  We're already in the middle of a currency and trade war.  Next comes the real thing.

Stay tuned.  We shall see.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 19:46 | 2604079 rufusbird
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calconhma: Dude! your pretty informed. Please post more and provide links and references. Sounds like info worth looking into...thanks

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 05:40 | 2605184 Ar-Pharazôn
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first. iran has 10 milions reservist? yeh tell me how you feed them when you will not even have enough food to give to the 1 miliions regulars


second. i dont get how 1 milion army in Iran will lower homeland security as USA military is like 5 milion man.


third. Iran mountain landscape? do planes have problem in bombing on mountain? as a swiss i would say no.


forth. west is not able to afford? you're speaking about markets and economy right? look mate we're not even close to be in a "war economy".


so for me your points are really invalid.





Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:08 | 2602653 midgetrannyporn
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If they shoved hitlary's fat ass into a huge mortar tube and fired her at tehran ahmadinejad would probably surrender.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:35 | 2602777 Tirpitz
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Scary thought. Scary for our many enemies.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:57 | 2602858 optimator
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No mortar is that big, would cause one heck of a hang- fire.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:00 | 2602862 Tuco Benedicto ...
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How dare you talk about "thunder thighs" that way!


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:09 | 2602659 Village Smithy
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It's remarkable that this man has no reservations whatsoever about using his "Chicago style" city political tactics on the world stage. IMO it's very dangerous.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:20 | 2602705 i-dog
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The first he'll know about it is when it comes up on the teleprompter at his next "in between the front nine and back nine" impromptu lecture, errr, speech.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:37 | 2602786 Tirpitz
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Was wondering what man Smithy was talking about. But your teleprompter reference made it clear to me. In my world, a man has to have a backbone. Can't see this much on the current political stage.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:58 | 2603079 john39
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Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:07 | 2602879 freedogger
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Hope they have the damn thing EMP shielded. Oh wait, who will be able to see the speech anyways...

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 16:45 | 2603512 my puppy for prez
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And you're assuming BO makes even ONE decision by himself?  LOL

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:09 | 2602660 Mark Noonan
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Or its just a ploy to make the Israelis think we'll do something, thus forestalling an Israeli strike on Iran prior to the election.  We won't, of course, because Obama figures he's made peace with Iran.  Or, its just the Navy doing what the Navy does (ie, always be prepared for whatever might come down the pike) and everyone is reading far more in to this than it means.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:13 | 2602669 eclectic syncretist
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AMD just warned sales revenue will be down 11% sequentially!!!  And AMAT warned yesterday barely a month into it's new quarter.

Better get the war plans fired up because when semiconductor manufacturing equipment and microchip makers warn there are sure to be many many companies hurting.  Think Intel warning in late 2000 and the subsequent crash.  No wonder they're sending warships out to pound the drums.  The politicoes now have a crashing economy to contend with at home.

Remarkably, the market still hasn't woken from it's dreamy slumber. But it will.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:40 | 2602793 Tirpitz
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Long AMD, and it hurts mightily. But be sure Shalom Bernanke will try to print confidence.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:12 | 2602675 SDRII
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Russians Answer or US responding...Hillary says "they will pay a price"...

Russia sent 4 warships form Northern Fleet to Syria  per Interfax. The ships departed port of Severomorsk on Barents Sea bound for Tartus to be joined by other Russian ships. Meanwhile, Russia says ready to host big power talks on Syria


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized the West for exporting "missile-bomb democracy" by intervening in others' domestic conflicts.

After reports that the Saudis have taken to the Chinese

As for China, it's laughing about Hillary's desperation all the way to the bank. As the House of Saud becomes ever more paranoid with what it sees as the Obama administration flirting with democracy in the Arab world, Beijing jacked up trade ties by delivering a bunch of new missiles to Riyadh.




Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:38 | 2602788 SmittyinLA
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The Saudis are hip to coups from the global-Socialist do-gooders, they invest in state of the art weapons systems, don't give foreigners citizenship or weapons, and probably have a few nukes as "insurance" too, oh ya, they also have a poison pill, should they be removed from power, the Mullah's take over. 



Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:43 | 2602801 Tirpitz
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"Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized the West for exporting "missile-bomb democracy" by intervening in others' domestic conflicts."

Well, maybe this latest navy carrier deployed will come to aide the democratic movements of Eastern Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to topple their rigid dictatorships. Wouldn't bet the ranch on it, granted, but why can't we dream for a moment?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:32 | 2603246 Overfed
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Yeah. We are all dreaming about spending another couple trillion $$ to rain down peace on democracy bombs on the heads of Arabia and Bahrain.  NOT!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:46 | 2602814 Mark Noonan
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But what utterly useless ships the Russians are sending...if they are trying to forestall a NATO action against Syria then the ships they are sending won't do the trick.  This is either a very deep game being played or, more likely, the Russian navy is utter garbage and this is all they could scrape up off the scrap heap and made sea-worthy.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:52 | 2602835 Tirpitz
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Hmm, just wondering what military commander would take reponsibility for attacking even a twenty foot row boat of our Russian friends and thus invite a response.

In my view the Russians are calling our empty handed Nato bluff, and they do it at little expense and barely any risk.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:34 | 2602964 Mark Noonan
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It is probably true that anything we are saying which might in any conceivable sense be considered a threat would be a bluff...but you'd at least send a cruiser battle group to the area if you wanted to impress.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:46 | 2603001 Tirpitz
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Mark, the way I see it, the Russians don't need to impress. They act.

I wonder who some days ago took down the ancient Turkey aircraft coming too close to that Russian base in Syria... A bit I do know about the Russian mentality, and I like it pretty well.

As of the bluff, I wasn't refering so much to the spoken word, but to the fleets sailing the seven seas. What will NATO vessels be able to accomplish in the Mediterranean? That's the bluff Putin's calling, with tacit approval of our Chinese friends.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:23 | 2603196 Winston Churchill
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They have already got aircraft carriers deployed;

Syria and Iran.

Sure China's been swapping some of those ballistic carrier killers for oil as well.

You know,the ones there are no defences for yet.Conventional but deadly.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:02 | 2603108 mick_richfield
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I think the ships they are sending say "P-800 Oniks" on the side, and travel at mach 2.5 at a depth of negative 5 meters.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:13 | 2602678 falga
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Buy gasoil

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:44 | 2602806 Tirpitz
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Natgas could be in for some major surprise later this year.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:13 | 2602679 Stuart
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Economy is slowing, financial markets are a shitshow, too many uncomfortable questions about corruption et al, yep, gotta keep the sheeple focused on something else so lets start a war.   

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:13 | 2602681 arnoldsimage
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just another ground hog day.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:15 | 2602682 BLOTTO
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What a floating piece of FUCKIN shit.


That thing can feed everyone in Africa...anyway, u know what i mean.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:14 | 2602687 SDRII
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Opposition to inquiry re Arafat poisoning...hmmm

The Palestinians' efforts to launch an international probe into the 2004 death of ex-leader Yasser Arafat face serious obstacles, a Palestinian official said Tuesday. The obstacles stem from the opposition by some countries including the United States and France, the official said on condition of anonymity. The United States has put pressure on the Palestinian leadership not to seek such an investigation because it can lead to some negative consequences on the Middle East peace process, which has been stalled since 2010, according to the official.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:03 | 2603115 john39
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peace process.... you mean that game where Israelis pretend like they give a shit about peace, then destroy any hope for a meaningful negotiation through one stunt or another, all the while continuing to steal palestinian land while the world looks away...  that peace process?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 17:48 | 2603689 Max Hunter
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Yes, John, that peace process.  As soon as the US or Israel objects to an investigation, you know damn well it could uncover crimes committed by aforementioned parties.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:13 | 2603153 BattlegroundEur...
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You can't make this **** up.  CIA etc. have this down to a T.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:16 | 2602696 Dr. Engali
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Everything seems to be coming together nicely for the final collapse. The police state is in order. Obummer has signed an executive order to take over communications. The army has built themselves a nice island in Chesapeake bay for undesirables, er I meant "bird sanctuary". The question is will there be a sacrificial ship to get things rolling or some other false flag?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:28 | 2602716 surf0766
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Hey Doc, where is the link to the island build please.  I can't find it but I saw it also.





Found it.


Poplar Island


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:27 | 2602740 i-dog
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Nice to see that the "Defense Department" is spending so much money on defending America's coasts!! Maybe someone should buy them a map and point out where the US is actually located!!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:51 | 2602838 Tuco Benedicto ...
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Yes, they used to call it "The Department of War".


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:01 | 2602867 ITrustMyGut
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i-dog.. did I k now you ktfm?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:08 | 2602883 i-dog
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Tue, 07/10/2012 - 18:53 | 2603903 steelrules
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That's funny but not so funny, Russia has actually been testing NORAD northern defences in the last few months with long range bombers.

I guess it's more important to jump to Jewery's defence than it is to defend the homeland.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:23 | 2602723 zilverreiger
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last death throws of the great Uncle Satan, who cares, world has moved on

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:25 | 2602733 Long-John-Silver
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Aircraft Carriers never go anywhere alone. They are always accompanied by ships that form it's defence and support force. Usually the force consists of 2 or 3 Cruisers, 3 or 4 Destroyers, 3 or 4 Frigates, 1 Oil Tanker, 1 Freighter, and sometimes a Fast Attack Submarine. 

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:29 | 2602948 Meremortal
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Correct, LJS, it's called a Carrier Group. Carriers require protection and constant maintenance and never travel alone.

It takes 6 or 7 Carrier Groups to support an attack, 3 is just a little saber rattling. It will be worth keeping track of other CG positions though. 

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 21:10 | 2604275 jerry_theking_lawler
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what? who needs carriers. we are friends with everyone in the region, Saudi, Israel, Turkey, etc, etc. War plans have been made for both Syria and Iran. the decision to act upon them has not....yet.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:30 | 2602754 Metalredneck
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Bullish for corporate profits!!  War is money!!!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:34 | 2602772 ParkAveFlasher
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I'm glad that the US of A has the civility, nay, nobility, to offer up one if its many green-energy powered kevlar-clad uranium-slug-rail-cannon-toting stealthy amphibious assault-and-brown-water-special-tactics carbon-fiber hydrofoils for both neutralistic mass non-invitational regime-changing force projection AND ... AHEM ... humanitarian assistance.  (///sarc d'fukov)


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:45 | 2602811 Harriet Wanger
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I wonder why we would do such a thing?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:48 | 2602822 boiltherich
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Seven carriers either at sea or within striking distance of the Persian Gulf... that is extraordinary. 

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:35 | 2602976 Meremortal
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Interesting. 7 is the usual number used in an attack. If the other Groups start moving in the direction of the PG, I'll be going long of oil. May have to step in a little now, just in case...

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:50 | 2602833 battlestargalactica
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"Tell me where is fancy bred,
Or in the heart or in the head?"

Merchant of Venice, Act 3, Scene 2

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:53 | 2602841 Poundsand
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Ok, the last Stratfor warning was a bit pre-mature.  Now with the 65 and 72 on station, the 74 in route, and the 69 enjoying a quick stop in very nearby Spain, we are getting closer.  With the 73 and the 68 in the Pacific to help keep that area quiet we only need one more.  I would keep on eye on the 77 and those carrier qualifications because if it turns east...

There must be a ton of diplomatic calls chasing each other around the globe.  As much as we might want to think that the US wants to go at Iran before the election, Obama wants nothing of the sort as it would drive falling gas prices right back to record highs which is bad for his re-election strategy.  Which of course is why Israel is rattling those sabers.  From their perspective, and especially Benji's I have to believe that driving gas prices sky high is in their national interest as Obama in the white house another four years can not be high on their wish list. 

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:53 | 2602843 zrussell
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The fleets are not there to protect the empire, but to protect the interests of the empire.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 17:19 | 2603595 Meremortal
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Correct, we need oil like we need air. There is no civilization without oil. The computer you are using to post your remarks can't be made without oil.

Israel has a different problem. It is so tiny that several dirty bombs could make much of the country uninhabitable. And Iran already has that production capability. Now they just have to figure out a good delivery method.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:53 | 2602845 optimator
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seven LST with-in striking distance of Iran?  Does that mean Iran could strike all seven?  I'm not a navy man, but the service I was in called carriers Large Slow Targets.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:54 | 2602847 JohnKozac
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Those sailors are getting 'jet lag' from the back-forth stuff.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:55 | 2602851 The Duck Stops Here
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They couldn't have a Pulitzer War Prize because the only winners would be EVERY American President (each would win it 4 to 8 times depending on how many terms they win)

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:00 | 2602864 mark7
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Back to the bathtub...Iran still got mountains and tons of hiding places from which to take potshots at these giant sitting ducks, if necessary.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:06 | 2602869 tony wilson
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Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:11 | 2602892 ParkAveFlasher
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LMAO ... sideways, frontways, backways, behindways ... just do that dirty deed already.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:45 | 2603010 tony wilson
Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:36 | 2602980 Savyindallas
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someone needs to stick a bazooka up her fat smelly ass and pull the trigger.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:07 | 2602881 DutchR
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In dutch, stennis means, to cause, mayham/fight/agitate , the one who caused it.

How fitting.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:10 | 2602887 mirac
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With passing of Ernest Borgnine, there's no McCales navy to save you...

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:17 | 2602906 sdmjake
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And with the passing of Norman Sas, we need a silly game to watch hoping that all the nonsensical movement provides an accidental heroic outcome...

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 16:05 | 2603377 lakecity55
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And Captain Leadbottom unaware the persians will shoot missiles at all US bases.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:12 | 2602890 beentheredonethat
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Sept/Oct is when something happens, after Ramadan and the weather cools to allow aircraft payloads. Netanyahu enjoys a solid political backing, the Israeli's believe that Iran has nukes, and will act. They will act in either concert with or defiance of Obama- doesn't much matter to them and he will have to figure out how to exploit the political advantage similar to the OBL killing.  Everything from the US side will be prepositioned by september- carriers, f22's/b2's in UAE, Saudi support, as potential reactionary forces. It might be a contained strike, unless Iran launches on US or Sunni arab countries (uae/saudi) in retaliation. Those countries are in a heated outfitting now in preparation - hardening critical infrastructure and launching new weapons. If this scenario occurs then it would lead to uncontained war. 

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:21 | 2602917 richard007
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As many can now see, we are getting very close to the Iran War.

This Iran War has been prophesied in Scripture for a long long time.

This Iran War will trigger a finacial crisis in the USA.

When the War starts, US creditors will stop loaning the US money.

The rest you can figure out.




Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:34 | 2602963 Savyindallas
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If you're going to attribute every lousy Neocon war to scripture, you may as well take your investment advice from Goldman Sachs  -In doing God's work, the little fag Blankfein propesies every runup, and crash of the market. They usually call it after the fact, but since they prophesize in tongues--secret code  - you'd better be really careful.


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 17:24 | 2603614 Meremortal
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First sentence OK, the rest of what you wrote is nonsense.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:22 | 2602919 newworldorder
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Why is everyone surprised by our deployments. We are the world's 24/7 military ready force. Look at all our world wide treaty obligations. Most of those treaties ratified by the Senate over at least a 70 years span.

The Congress approves, both political parties approve, business people approve and so do the the worlds financial interests. Its not just our empire, but we are the engine that drives world wide commerce and security. Its all in the open for every American to see and approve of.

With the all volunteer force, we are tailor made for these world protection missions. Our whole system is designed to provide what the world needs. Namely, security for commerce to flourish without interruption.

Very few Americans, - relative to total  population - have any skin in the game. Those that due still patriotically send their sons and daughters to "protect freedom." Most do not want to be bothered. We are too tired, self absorbed or focused elsewhere, without critical thinking or the ability to make the necessary changes in our political and economic realities.


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:20 | 2603184 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Look at all our world wide treaty obligations. Most of those treaties ratified by the Senate over at least a 70 years span.

The United States only considers treaty obligations when convenient or advantageous to do so. Otherwise they are ignored.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 16:02 | 2603365 lakecity55
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Yes. Obozo will be happy with the UN ATT Treaty so he can outlaw our gats, but still sell to his buddies on the sly.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 17:36 | 2603653 Meremortal
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Very true newworldorder. Your red marks come from those who want it both ways. They want all the benefits of an American empire without the responsibility. That's how they live their lives too. They sit around and whine about high oil prices but don't want to do anything to ensure supply.

Any other country on this planet, given the power of the USA, would be ruling the world by way of tyranny enforced by threat of arms. We are the only country in history of the world to hold the power to rule or destroy the world for decades while doing neither. Yes, we try to call some shots, just like the guy on the block who doesn't take crap from the local gang.

Meanwhile the snivelers sit in their safe homes, protected by volunteers, and curse those who keep them living an easy and relatively (until lately) life. 

For this, we are vilified. But, you see, we have relatives in Russia, Europe, Asia and all over the world. That's who we are protecting, our relatives. I curse Italy for being irresponsible, but I still love my Italian relatives and will protect their lives if I can.

And yes, we like to see as many people as possible live in prosperity.

At least we did, until January 21, 2009.


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:33 | 2602958 zartan
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Enterprise on final deployment. 

Extra minesweepers in region.

How deep and wide is the mouth to the Straight of Hormuz?

Stennis en route as defensive back up.

Where would the oil go if they couldnt get it out of the Straight of Hormuz?  A "secured" Iraq?

Just a thought.



Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:50 | 2603034 hedgehog9999
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Our NOBEL peace prize winner token American wants to start yet another war, is that a surprise?

Just in time to distract the masses and kickstart the defense industry as the economy tanks....


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 14:56 | 2603073 hedgehog9999
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Our NOBEL peace prize winner token American wants to start yet another war, is that a surprise?

Just in time to distract the masses and kickstart the defense industry as the economy tanks....


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:27 | 2603229 Golden monkey
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Iran now easy prey as s400 are down. Enjoy while it last.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:47 | 2603299 pcrs
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The big question is: does it go back on normal fuel, or on synthetic biofuel of 26$/gallon for the lucky seller?

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 16:09 | 2603389 tony bonn
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obamney wants a war and war is what we get.....i thought that the bush crime syndicate would wait until mitt was elected but there is a good possibility that if barry strikes first, he will keep his job....

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 16:44 | 2603506 Chaos_Theory
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October 15th, 2012.

Bright red banner crosses every channel with bold letters "Breaking News..."

12:00 P.M. EST Buxom Blond “Reporter” with ample cleavage:  “Moments ago, the U.S.-led coalition began a massive air assault against Iranian targets after the Iranian IRGC provoked the conflict last month when the Liberian-flagged Hermione super tanker struck a mine in the straits of Hormuz.  Intelligence sources introduced to the allied countries proved that the Iranians had laid several mines near Abu Musa island and shortly after the USS Maine (ahem…Enterprise) was struck by several anti-ship missiles as a response to increased UN sanctions.  We are told that stealth bombers began the attack by striking strategic air defense systems and multiple Iranian military command facilities, followed by hundreds of cruise missile attacks against coastal air and naval threat facilities.  Currently, hundreds of F-15s, F-16s, F-18s and F-22s are conducting sweeps of major areas of Iran bordering the Persian Gulf to engage threat aircraft and surface to air missile batteries.  So far the allies have reported no casualties.  On-scene in Bahrain is Dick Ruffles for commentary…Dick?”


Dick:  “Yes Nancy, to this point, allied commanders are reporting a highly successful initial strike against the aggressive Iranian forces.  They say this was the last resort to the refusal of the Iranians to negotiate in good faith, and finally to their outright illegal attacks against the freedom of navigation in international waters.  Ironically, it was France’s intelligence that provided the proof of Iranian complicity in the mine attacks on the Hermione and the missile attacks on the Maine (Enterprise) that triggered this conflict.  It was odd that the missiles were launched from Saudi airspace, but the radar tapes showed the aircraft originated in Iran from Bandar Abbas and then flew into UAE and then north into Saudi territory before heading east and launching the attack.  The full-motion video of the IRGC small attack boat launching mines near Abu Musa the night before the Hermione struck one only sealed the fate of the aggressive Iranian provocation and ensured this coalition would swell to 18 countries.  Some kook conspiracy junkies in Europe and the U.S. claim the tapes clearly show a running splice every 20-seconds thus proving they are fabricated, but our media analysts and government analysts have unequivocally backed that the tapes are legitimate and authentic.  Back to you Nancy.”


12:10 P.M. EST  Nancy:  “thanks Dick.  Clearly this conflict will occupy a large portion of our new coverage for the next few weeks.   We now head to the White House Press room where the White House Press Secretary is taking questions after the President gave his scheduled 11:30 A.M. EST Oval Office address (given at 11:50 A.M.)”


Post script:  television coverage of the war, Oct 15th to Nov 3rd, 90% of air time.  Television coverage of the election, 5%.  Television coverage of Tom Cruise-Holmes divorce, 4%.  Coverage of the 12% unemployment rate, -1.6 quarterly GDP, falling Dow Jones and other economic indicators, 1%. 


Obama, 58% to Romney 38% of the vote.  Sweet success.  Kings to you Fernand. 


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 17:28 | 2603623 world_debt_slave
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I was in the Persian Gulf in the 80's in the US Navy, escorting Kuwati Oil Tankers. it really does feel like Mordor there.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 20:36 | 2604189 overmedicatedun...
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ron paul we needed your vision on our military posture, but instead we got ms clinton and the obuma. who want's to bet these two start a war we never ever wanted in ME but they just bumbled into it.

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