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Is War With Iran Imminent?

March 15, 2012

From Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge:

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.

I’m embarrassed to be an American.

20:15: Commenter JHS alerts me to Mossad’s Meir Dagan on 60 Minutes.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2012 5:50 pm

    My best friend and my brother are both working 12 hour days 6 days a week making heavy weapons parts. They’re planning to blow up something.

  2. March 15, 2012 6:33 pm

    I’m thinking about banning you again on general principle.

  3. jhs permalink
    March 15, 2012 7:08 pm

    Did you see the former Mossad director on 60 Minutes on Sunday? He said not one, not four, not 10 but “dozens” of facilities have been spread out across Iran. He said a military strike is nonsensical. I tend to agree given that they have killed scientists and disrupted machinery. Seems like a much smarter way to prevent the result we don’t want than to “bomb ‘em”.

    • March 15, 2012 7:11 pm

      Somehow, I missed that. I’ll take a look. I really don’t mind Mossad doing what is required to protect themselves, but parking three aircraft carriers of the coast and squeezing the Persian’s nuts seem pretty antagonistic.

      • jhs permalink
        March 15, 2012 7:17 pm

        It was cool to see the former Mossad chief on tv but it was sort of a puff piece in the end. Good primer on the situation though. The PM sacked him recently and the word is he went on tv to box the PM’s ears.

        I agree with you about our prevarication. It’s not hard to look at a map and see how we have Persia surrounded. It’s as if we are going to get on the horn and shout “Come out with your hands up!” But another glance at what is happening to the east in Afghanistan should remind us all that lingering conflicts never, ever end well.

  4. March 15, 2012 7:46 pm

    I also remember during the buildup to the illegal Iraq invasion, there was no doubt Syria had lots of chemical weapons aimed at Tel Aviv. Also, any large scale conflagration will undoubtedly quickly devolve to the use of tactical nukes.

  5. March 16, 2012 2:28 pm

    Not just tactical. I’d be stunned if Israel didn’t have Mecca and Medina targeted and more stunned still if its enemies in the region didn’t know it. That’s the one thing that gives me any hope that this situation won’t devolve, and it’s not a great deal of hope.

    • March 16, 2012 4:15 pm

      That is scary. It’s one thing to reverse some of the gains the Persians have made at home and after we broke iraq, and quite another to start Armaggedon.

      • March 16, 2012 8:07 pm

        These people don’t care, man.

  6. March 16, 2012 8:10 pm

    These people don’t care.

    That’s crazy talk. Don’t they have kids? Are they tired of sucking air or getting a boner?

    • RBM permalink
      March 18, 2012 1:20 pm

      There is a group of high level military personnel that have religious beliefs that include an Armageddon scenario that welcomes back Jesus/God/Dog or whatever their terminology is.

      I usually see Bush’s name mentioned as he was POTUS when these individuals achieved their key placements.

      I use the label ‘Armageddonists’ but that’s likely wrong. I also faintly remember a group referred to as ‘The Family’ wrapped up in this but that could also be my mistake.

      • March 18, 2012 2:55 pm

        I’d attribute the formulation of policy more to the neocons than embedded death cult warriors.

  7. RBM permalink
    March 18, 2012 3:09 pm

    I wasn’t suggesting otherwise.

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