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US Military Re-Surging In Persian Gulf As Turkey Scrambles Jets For Third Day And Iran Fires Medium-Range Missiles

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If one only looks at equity or FX futures this morning, one would completely ignore the real action in the last few hours which is all about crude, where Brent just passed back above $100 and WTI is up over $3 on the session. The reason is that the market's ultra short term attention span has noticed the following piece from the NYT, which says nothing new, and which Zero Hedge readers have known for a while, yet as a regurgitation of an old theme, provides at least a "new" short-term catalyst: "The United States has quietly moved significant military reinforcements into the Persian Gulf to deter the Iranian military from any possible attempt to shut the Strait of Hormuz and to increase the number of fighter jets capable of striking deep into Iran if the standoff over its nuclear program escalates. The deployments are part of a long-planned effort to bolster the American military presence in the gulf region, in part to reassure Israel that in dealing with Iran, as one senior administration official put it last week, “When the president says there are other options on the table beyond negotiations, he means it.” Supposedly this is news, even though a month ago we observed the latest very much expected accumulation in the 5th Fleet in "And Meanwhile, In The Arabian Sea..."

Of course, the escalation posturing continues on both sides, as Russia and China are no longer shy about their particular interests in the region: "Iran said on Tuesday it had successfully tested medium-range missiles capable of hitting Israel in response to threats of military action against the country, Iranian media reported. The Islamic Republic announced the "Great Prophet 7" missile exercise on Sunday after a European Union embargo against Iranian crude oil purchases took full effect after another fruitless round of big powers talks with Tehran. Iran's official English-language Press TV said the Shahab 3 missile with a range of 1,300 km - able to reach Israel - were tested along with the shorter-range Shahab 1 and 2."

And just to make sure if and when all hell breaks, NATO is involved too, we read that Turkey scrambled jets for the third day in a row just to keep the provocations going. From Reuters:

Turkey's armed forces command said on Tuesday it had scrambled F-16 fighter jets for a third consecutive day on Monday after Syrian transport helicopters were spotted flying near to the Turkey-Syrian border, but there was no violation of Turkish airspace.

 

It said in a statement a total of six jets, four from a base in Incirlik in the south and two from Batman in eastern Turkey were scrambled in response to Syrian helicopters flying south of the Turkish province of Hatay, within 1.7-4.5 nautical miles of the Turkish border.

Actually, in retrospect perhaps one should ask why it isn't WTI that is crossing back over $100 following this barrage of belligerent news.

Finally, here is how the US naval distribution around the world looked like as of last week, courtesy of Stratfor:

 

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Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:37 | 2583391 LULZBank
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This time we mean it Bitchezz!!!

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:38 | 2583401 Colombian Gringo
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Here we go again, another bankster war for profit.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:46 | 2583417 Colombian Gringo
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On the good news front, CNN's terrible ratings should improve.  Even the Vanderbilt queer Anderson coming out of the closet didn't help boost viewers.  Even better, Cooper now has a excuse to visit the gulf and shack up with the american soldiers.   Should make for a great reality show. Love those uniforms, eh Cooper?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:49 | 2583434 camaro68ss
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Nobel peace prize winner at it again. Dropping Kenetic bombs of peace.

Bombes away bitchez

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:01 | 2583492 bigdumbnugly
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roger that.

violence + suppression/oppression = peace prize.

to be nominated for even more nobel's i suppose he could beat his wife but i think michelle would probably kick his ass.

he'd have to send a drone to do his dirty owrk.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:10 | 2583536 Cognitive Dissonance
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Fear, force, fraud, aggression and coercion.

Love American Style!

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:16 | 2583570 francis_sawyer
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My advice was to pile all my armies into Irkutsk & invade Kamchatka, but they never fucking listen to me... EVER!

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:20 | 2583595 bigdumbnugly
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no!   the ukraine!  the ukraine is weak!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5ePEZCOdnA

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:39 | 2583718 Cast Iron Skillet
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Risiko!

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:30 | 2583640 Bicycle Repairman
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There will be no deflation in Oil.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:10 | 2583863 goldfish1
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"Brent just passed back above $100"

Someone knowledgeable please weigh in with the diff between Brent Crude and Crude Oil Prices.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:00 | 2584352 smiler03
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Well I suppose everybody has to learn sometime...even if it has taken you just over two years. Here's a very good article on the difference, from a "knowledgeable" website....

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-oil-price-differentials-caught-between-sands-and-pipelines

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:54 | 2583779 Laddie
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i think michelle would probably kick his ass.

The average guy on the floor at the exchange wouldn't stand a chance, that creature reminds me of that Haitian fellow who ate the face off the Italian guy from Brooklyn in Florida last month.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:42 | 2584053 Ms. Erable
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I've heard that Wookies tear people's arms out...

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:22 | 2583604 Randall Cabot
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Here's a new one from the great Brother Nathaniel: Three Faces of the Anti-Christ:

http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=734

 

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:41 | 2583414 vast-dom
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july 4th fireworks - sound and fury signifying gamed up oil prices.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:54 | 2583455 Bringin It
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War would be the worst possible outcome.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:42 | 2583736 Marginal Call
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Can't do fireworks in the states this year, the whole place will catch on fire.  Gotta do em' somewhere. 

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 12:50 | 2584326 HungrySeagull
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The bans have gone up left and right.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:54 | 2583798 Conchy Joe
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False Flag on the 4th

 

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:14 | 2583884 kridkrid
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It has certainly crossed my mind.  Nothing would rally folks more than being attacked on independence day.  It's almost too obvious, however.  

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:17 | 2583902 Conchy Joe
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Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:36 | 2584491 Randall Cabot
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If Iran is really as batshit crazy as Sean Hannity and Michael Sausage tell us then we should expect a sneak submarine attack on the US ships in the Gulf followed up with the launching of hundreds of Sunbeams as this would surely lead to Armageddon and the coming of the dude from the well.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:38 | 2583395 kridkrid
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Things are so on that things have now become very much like Donkey Kong... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTBgm5GNo-Y

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:38 | 2583397 Race Car Driver
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Faux more war.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:39 | 2583403 101 years and c...
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if that doesnt make you gush with bullishness, i dont know what would.  afterall, $150 oil and $5 gas is a sign of strong growth, right?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 12:51 | 2584327 HungrySeagull
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Paid 3.20 last night.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:44 | 2583404 Cognitive Dissonance
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Problem, reaction, solution.

It never gets old because it's infinitely repeatable when a population is asleep at the wheel and totally compliant.

Now....where were we with the latest Tom Cruise divorce? Is it really true that he divorced each one of them once they reached 33 years of age? Is that a Freemason thingy or "just" Scientology? Or are they combined?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:50 | 2583440 nonclaim
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hmm, it must have some relation to the 33rd parallel...

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:04 | 2583504 i-dog
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Perhaps the Europeans are planning 33 "final solution" meetings!?!

Only 14 more to go......

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:00 | 2583489 LULZBank
Tue, 07/03/2012 - 18:45 | 2585472 HungrySeagull
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Scientology.

A Family Member was part of that long time ago. Lets say that everything you have, good and bad in the closet during life prior to being allowed to "Marry" Scientology is extracted from you with a lie detector machine and carefully recorded.

That and very large sums of money.

Where do I have my information?

Easy. Probate and examination of the man's papers, and everything that remained after his death was there for all to see.

Those papers don't exist anymore. I shredded them and then burned it myself.

Except in the "Church"

Switching gears to look at Freemasonry, I don't know anything other than they seek to rebuild Solomon's Temple and bring on the Anti Christ in the last days.

At the same time they seek to ensure that everything is "Square" and correct by degrees in Life.

Even Children have a path in Freemasonry to a number of Organizations designed to harness and protect them as they age towards adult hood.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:39 | 2583405 Jason T
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Guess Isreal was tired of always having to be the one to "scare" oil up to over $100.  

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:42 | 2583411 MFL8240
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We all knew this was coming when Obama dropped in the polls.  This is a diversion from his TAX on the people (the largest in history) and his Failure to do anything right on the economy!

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:46 | 2583424 LULZBank
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Obama will have more flexibility after the re-election. Apparently, Vladimir knows about it.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:31 | 2583648 Bicycle Repairman
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Obama + flexibility = scary.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:42 | 2583737 RichardENixon
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Your equation defines the only real question to ask yourself in the November election, as there is so little difference in the candidates themselves.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:46 | 2583757 aerojet
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Ah, the parroting of talk radio continues.  I don't see how Obamacare is any kind of tax increase unless you don't carry health insurance.  But don't let thinking get in the way of a good rant, okay?  There is nothing they can do "right" on the economy--the government can only grow but it can't grow anymore.  You see the rock and the hard place?  If they lay off government workers, the economy dies.  If they don't lay off government workers, the economy dies.  Having another war is a seemingly easy fix in a world of no choices left.  Eventually, someone is going to hand the US a gigantic defeat and then what?  Will the nukes fly just to save face or will we accept the defeat and be a diminished world power?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:42 | 2583415 Aziz
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War is the greatest misallocator of capital/labour/resources.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:42 | 2583740 Totentänzerlied
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Not if Paul Krugman has anything to say about it.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:44 | 2583419 LULZBank
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The 2 Turkish pilots of the downed F-4, have they released their names and pictures as missing?

Normally the PR campaigns would have blasted their pics all across the media with stories about how talented they were, loving fathers, sons etc etc with their loved ones appealing to Syrian authorities to help them atleast find their dead bodies for proper burial??!

Oopps, did I say something Im not supposed to say?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:50 | 2583442 fuu
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Do radio control units have parents and loved ones?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:58 | 2583479 Cognitive Dissonance
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Only if they have Intel inside. Then everyone loves them. Otherwise they die orphans.

Wait, are we talking about remote controlled jets or mind controlled pilots?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:07 | 2583516 kridkrid
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whichever is easier

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:47 | 2584560 Ying-Yang
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Some drones purposely have Flame virus so when Iranians peek inside their balls start itching!

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:08 | 2583523 Beam Me Up Scotty
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They found their boots and helmets though. Isn't that close enough?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:25 | 2583619 i-dog
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Where? In their lockers?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:33 | 2583645 ZippyDooDah
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People on this site don't believe in anything!

 

/sarc off

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:33 | 2583661 Bicycle Repairman
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Did they find their passports?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:32 | 2583655 Laddie
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help them atleast find their dead bodies for proper burial??!

Possibly with Osama bin Goldstein's body after the heroic Seal assassination.

Are you saying that you don't trust the government/mainstream media? That would be very unAmerican.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:48 | 2583763 aerojet
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What are you talking about?  The Turks rescued their pilots right after the incident.  They ejected safely and survived.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 19:51 | 2585594 Goner
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Not so sure on that. From everything I have read they have not found the pilots yet (and this was 6 days after being shot down) I cant vouch for the link but every page I have found says the same thing, so find one you like. If you have a link that says different, feel free to provide it

http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=284896

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:45 | 2583421 Benjamin Glutton
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The United States has moved new forces into the Gulf to keep strategic waterways open and strike deep within Iran in the event of a regional military escalation, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

The Times cited senior officials as saying the quiet build-up was aimed at reassuring Israel that Washington is serious about addressing Iran’s nuclear program and keeping the Straits of Hormuz — a key oil choke point — open.

“The message to Iran is, ‘Don’t even think about it,’ “it quoted a senior Defense Department official as saying.

“Don’t even think about closing the strait. We’ll clear the mines. Don’t even think about sending your fast boats out to harass our vessels or commercial shipping. We’ll put them on the bottom of the Gulf.”

The Navy has doubled the number of minesweepers in the region, to eight vessels, and stealthy F-22s and older F-15C warplanes have been deployed to regional bases to reinforce existing carrier strike groups, the Times said.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:38 | 2583701 Vidar
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Iran is just waiting for the US to build up as many ships as possible in the strait, then all they have to do is put 1 nuke on a speedboat and send it out into the middle of the group. Even if the ships aren't sunk they'll be irradiated and useless.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 14:27 | 2584745 Dixie Rect
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Currently in the Gulf: CVN72 and CVN65. 7+2=9  6+5=11. Now they're just fucking with us.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 18:48 | 2585477 HungrySeagull
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Even if they had a nuke coming a speed boat will be intercepted and fired on should it not turn from a direct attack course.

Post Nuclear attack, the Battle Group has procedures in place.

If Iran did light off a nuke inside a battle group... that is a sufficient cause for a loss of a major Iranian city.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:46 | 2583426 hankwil74
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Kneejerk, crude oil up... buy the doubleshort now and sell it out at the end of the week when everybody realizes that the world economy is still absolute shit and the U.S. isn't going to do anything because she knows that Iran has China and Russia as backup.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:48 | 2583431 libertus
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The fact that we have deployed almost all the available carriers points to a major possibility of war. I would expect that this will occur in september-november period. There is still summer fun to be had...Unless Iran decides to do something about those sanctions. 

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:52 | 2583789 aerojet
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August is typically when the US propaganda machine rolls out the new fear campaign.  Bush raised the terror alert level 2-3 times in August, they started the Iraq propaganda rollout in August, there is often a major airport security change around August time-frame (each year I go on vacation in August and it's always some new bs coming out while I'm on vacation--one year it was the bs with liquids and I had to throw out my shampoo so I could get home).  It's always fucking something with these assholes--I feel like I'm living with biggest drama-queen woman you can imagine, but it's my nation's government doing this crap to me.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 18:49 | 2585480 HungrySeagull
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Two decks still undergoing DPIA, wonder what that is.

One is being overhauled I think.

The rest, well... they can be put out to sea rather quickly. Just need to collect the birds and qual them on way to war.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:49 | 2583437 the not so migh...
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Satan will gather Gog and Magog (peoples of two specific nations) from the four corners of the earth.

This sucka is going down.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:19 | 2583587 monad
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Right Bud,

This is THE AGE OF REASON. Take your self-defeatist Dark Ages propaganda for ignorant slaves and go bullshit the serfs at HuffPo.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:06 | 2583837 the not so migh...
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"This is THE AGE OF REASON."

 

It is.. oo never mind then everything is fine

 

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 12:10 | 2584191 mick_richfield
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No, seriously!  It is the Age of Reason!

Look, I'll show you, by providing a rigorous proof concerning American foreign policy.

 

1. NewsWeek had a picture of Obama with a halo.

2. People who have halos are good.

3. Obama is good.

4. Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize.

5. People who win Nobel Peace Prizes are good.

6. Other examples of people who won Nobel Peace Prizes are (a) Mahatma Gandhi  (b) Mother Teresa, (c) Jesus.

7. So Obama is doubly good.

8. Good people do good things.

9. Obama might decide to blow up Iran.

10. Blowing up Iran is good.

11. If you don't believe me you're a moron.

 

See!? Let's see you writhe out of that inescapable logic, pal!  I know it's a rigorous proof if I wave my hands so fast that I hyperventilate.

 

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:36 | 2584505 Socialized Losses
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d)  Yasser Arafat

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:58 | 2584605 Disenchanted
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Shouldn't that be Obama is double plus good?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:56 | 2583454 roadhazard
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I just can't see Obama wanting to drive up the price of oil before the election. This is the one thing he can personally do to keep prices low (no war). But I do see all our shit spread out... burning fuel by the gazillon gallons for nothing but Fluff so far. I wonder if stop-loss is still going on.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:17 | 2583579 kridkrid
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People have to drop this misconception that the election will drive any sort of activity.  The people who really make the call have their candidates firmly secureed (they always do).  Heads they win, tails they win.  They may have a preference based on mechanics, but the outcome of the election doesn't really matter.  Now certainly the election is a good cover for one sort of a decision, but that's it.  If it is convinient to not have war, it'll be the excuse.  If it's war they want, they can have it whenever they want it.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:26 | 2583607 monad
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The election is over. Its Liberty v. the Fed oligarchs, and the fix is in your face. We are on our own, Go underground or die.

The weak link is hypertrophy. Take out the comm and the whole thing collapses. Watch out for Huxley tactics.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 12:35 | 2584271 ZeroAvatar
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"The first step, to a successful revolution, is to DESTROY, all the leading revolutionaries".

 

                                        New Radicals, 'Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too'

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:54 | 2583799 aerojet
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Exactly right.  If Ron Paul won the Republican nomination and we were talking about putting bankster heads on pikes, then I could believe the false-flag rumors.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:11 | 2583869 kridkrid
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Not sure I follow.  The fact that both candidates will ultimately comply doesn't eliminate the need for a false flag.  The false flag is what the mindless supporters will rally around when the time comes.  I suspect the time is coming.  Before the deflationary depression hits free fall... we will have World War... if I had to place a bet.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:36 | 2584014 roadhazard
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About as soon as no WMD's were found in Iraq after bungling the capture of Osama all but the right wing (who are always for war) have been against intervention Anywhere since.   The False Flag will only draw the war mongers. Everyone else will spit in disgust.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:51 | 2584104 kridkrid
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I wish I agreed... sadly, I don't.  Obama supporters (people who consider themselves the left or liberals or progressives) have supported war and drone strikes and the assassination of OBL, etc.  Not in the same way that military worshiping right did under bush... but that doesn't really matter.  Support is support... or at least the absense of huge demonstrations and obvious opposition to war is what is critical.

The anti war crowd was co-opted by the Democratic Wing of the War machine through the head fake provided by Obama.  Shame on them all.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 14:35 | 2584043 roadhazard
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If I was Iran I would want to drive up the price of oil for Americans to fuck with Obama. Rattle that scimitar.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:20 | 2584421 Breaker
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"I just can't see Obama wanting to drive up the price of oil before the election. This is the one thing he can personally do to keep prices low (no war)."

 

It's a tough tradeoff for him, primarily a timing issue. OTOH, war drives up oil prices and tanks the economy. But if that's soon enough before the election, the tanking part will happen after Nov 5. OTOH, Green Beret Barry will get some significant bumps in the polls if there is a war before Nov. 5. Plus, the Jewish vote would swing toward him heavily in a tight election in the event of war with Iran.

Plus, the debate in the leadup to war would take attention off his tough issues like the economy, the deficit, Obamacare, Fast and Furious, etc.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 14:33 | 2584771 roadhazard
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He'd get the Jewish vote.

This economy is on the razors edge right Now. You can tell by the low gas prices at the same time as an increase to the official 8.2% unemployment count. Higher oil prices because of war will put the final nail in this economy. 

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:55 | 2583464 mrktwtch2
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more reason for us to keep drilling..in a few yrs we wont care about the sandpeople as  we will have enough of our own oil here..

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:58 | 2583476 Hohum
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mrktwtch2,

Are you saying we'll have 18 millions barrels per day of oil?  If you are, you are a fool.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:03 | 2583507 Taint Boil
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Need to check out the Oil Clock ..............

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:17 | 2583580 CrashisOptimistic
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Your peak oil clock is wrong.

It says nothing about oil production and Peak Oil, by very specific definition, is the peak on the graph of oil production.  Tracking consumption is not equivalent.  The production graph will fall if consumption does, yes, but there are storage tanks around the world that vary their levels and so production is not defined by entirely by consumption.

So this website is wrong.

Peak oil is the peak on the production curve.  It's not anything else.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:36 | 2583688 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Exactly. If 4 billion people die in the next war peak oil won't happen for another few hundred years.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:01 | 2583494 Bansters-in-my-...
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Peace prizes all round for the U.S.A

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:02 | 2583498 Sutton
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I know the Russians/Chinese etc have spies and satellites, but is it really a good thing to publicize the location of our ships and fleets on the internet?

A bit presumptuous I think.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:10 | 2583535 Sandmann
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I think the Chinese and Russians know where Us ships will be BEFORE the Captain gets his orders......

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0806029/

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:09 | 2584389 Joe A
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I didn't know Kosturica also acted.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:36 | 2583687 Marginal Call
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When their primary use during "peacetime" is as a deterrent, you want people to know where they are.  Big boats = big message.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:11 | 2583540 Sandmann
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Erdogan the Irrational throwing matches in the gunpowder store

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:25 | 2583621 Laddie
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Erdogan the Irrational throwing matches in the gunpowder store

Hardly. He is playing his role in the charade, and good enough for the masses, but not ZH readers, too sharp.

Turkish intelligence has always been very close with the Mossad and Shin Bet.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:12 | 2583554 slewie the pi-rat
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this will play well mid-week for MSM propwash

TPTB are very entertaining during the eternally-recurring banalities and their national sub-sets

so let's all get amped & ramped for the MIC this week, 0K, BiCheZ?  then we can find a hole to get sick in

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:22 | 2583602 Rock the Casbah
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Why? - saber-rattling by Iran to get Brent back up. Wake me when real shit starts blowing up.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:22 | 2583603 Laddie
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Then again a certain nuclear warpower could let one off and blame Iran or Syria and then let the fun begin...

Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German Submarines - SPIEGEL ONLINE
06/03/2012

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:32 | 2583998 Ima anal sphincter
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Do you mean that zit on the face of this earth...Israel????

It needs to be popped and doused with rubbing alcohol to burn any remnants of it away.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 18:52 | 2585488 HungrySeagull
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"That zit" for which you refer to is something very powerful.

I would be very careful not to allow you to dismiss that Nation as a mere Zit.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 01:26 | 2586077 Tompooz
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Certainly not a mere Zit. ..that Nation may well strive to be the sole survivor in a global conflagration.

..with farmland in new zealand as part of the scenario.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:31 | 2583638 LeisureSmith
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I for one think it's pretty awesome to scramble fighter jets from Batman.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 10:48 | 2583768 czarangelus
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Phoney War, Sitzkrieg, etc.

Hopefully they don't follow through this time.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:13 | 2583880 Mentalic
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What's Batman doing in Turkey ? :-) 

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:13 | 2583881 tony wilson
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like gadaffis epic water project with the potential to green the desert.

his gold backed currency his sweet light crude. he had to be stopped.

his country crushed and covered in ge cancer depleted uranium.

iran has to be stopped that independance that strutting we do not need you atitude.

those huge supplies of gas and crude and like gadaffi the gold the gold.

to much for one swiss bank but if needs must they will build a new swiss gold vault.

iran must be crushed because of the above but mainly because of cold fusion,hydrogen cell,plasma fusion and tesla wireless energy research.

the scientists that are being killed are not nuke specialists.

 

 

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 12:37 | 2584279 el Gallinazo
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"the scientists that are being killed are not nuke specialists."

 

That's interesting.  Any links?

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:39 | 2584035 world_debt_slave
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We've been in the Gulf for ages. I was on a Frigate that was escorting Kuwati oil tankers in the Persian Gulf in the mid-80's. We were at GQ 24/7 due to Iranian gunboats.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 18:53 | 2585493 HungrySeagull
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And Stalingrad was one of the last cities before the Gulf. It's a good thing the Germans were stopped there.

Not for the lack of trying.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:41 | 2584052 loveyajimbo
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Dictator Jong-Un-Obama needs a war... fast... if he is to be re-elected... if Biden will get out from under the desk, we can get started...

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 18:54 | 2585495 HungrySeagull
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All Jong has to do is wave a hand or say the right words and Seoul will disappear within the hour from the Artillery alone.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 12:48 | 2584320 skohiu
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comin' to save the mutha fuckin day-yea!

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:09 | 2584391 Joe A
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Can't Iran just waits its turn? The world is still busy with Syria.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:46 | 2584553 Socialized Losses
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2 for 1 its cheaper that way

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:58 | 2584602 Inthemix96
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What if Oboma raids kenya with his drones of freedom?

He might find his birth certificate?  No?

Go on son freedom in the persuit of birth certificates, thats something to rally the nation boyo, get on it.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 14:46 | 2584810 TheObsoleteMan
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I posted a link the other day where it was said that the new Islamic Brotherhood gubmint of Egypt was estalishing diplomatic relations with Iran, the first attempt in over thirty years! Imagine if Egypt were to plan a corrodinated closure of the Suez, just as Iran closes the Straights? $200-$300@ brl oil anyone? And who would this put in the driver's seat? RUSSIA.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 14:52 | 2584828 TheObsoleteMan
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And for more proof we are allready living in the NWO, country of orgin food labels will soon disappear at stores accross the country. What politican decided this, we will have their head you say? AN UNELECTED, UNACCOUNTABLE, INTERNATIONAL GOVERNING BODY DID IT.

 

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wto-rules-against-u-meat-144624414.html

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 18:55 | 2585497 HungrySeagull
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Country of Origin will be easy enough to discover.

Just talk with a few long haul truckers and they will tell you.

I know I don't mind telling you about the Lemons out of Yuma which itself was out of Mexico.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 01:36 | 2586085 Tompooz
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NATO has no business getting involved here.

Why is NATO even maintained? Many of it's member states would be safer without it.

It is morphing into a supra-body with only one member-state in control.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:07 | 2642335 Remington IV
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Love the smell of napalm in the morning

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