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(MSNBC)   In an effort to isolate themselves from everybody, Iran says that any OPEC country that tries to increase oil production to offset any Iranian oil embargo will be considered an "unfriendly act"   ( worldnews.msnbc.msn.com) divider line
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2012-01-15 11:35:07 AM  
Hahahahahahaha
 
2012-01-15 02:17:24 PM  
If any corporate CEO has done what OPEC has spent the last 30 years doing, they'd be in prison forever.
 
2012-01-15 02:17:48 PM  
The problem with keeping their oil to themselves is they won't have quite so much cash to blow on coke.

/helluva drug
 
2012-01-15 02:19:50 PM  
Iran is doing what is called "cruisin' for a bruisin'," or sometimes called "breeding scabs."
 
2012-01-15 02:19:54 PM  
Iran seems to be using the nation-state version of the GOP playbook. What is good for your party is secondary to vigorously opposing the opposition. Even if that strategy means you will ultimately be decimated. For the GOP it means getting destroyed at the polls in the coming elections, but if Iran keeps this shiat up their destruction will be of a more literal sort.
 
2012-01-15 02:20:09 PM  

Trance750: If any corporate CEO has done what OPEC has spent the last 30 years doing, they'd be in prison forever.


That's a load of shiat. They would do it and if they thought there was any chance they would get in trouble they would have the offending legislation re-written.
 
2012-01-15 02:24:44 PM  
I can't wait to start bombing these assholes.
 
2012-01-15 02:24:45 PM  

dalovindj: Iran seems to be using the nation-state version of the GOP playbook. What is good for your party is secondary to vigorously opposing the opposition. Even if that strategy means you will ultimately be decimated. For the GOP it means getting destroyed at the polls in the coming elections, but if Iran keeps this shiat up their destruction will be of a more literal sort.


An oil embargo and flying drones is an act of war by the US against Iran.

Can you imagine if Iran started flying armed drones over Washington DC or announced an embargo of corn?

Iran is the 3rd biggest oil exporter...this is all leading us to another patriotic war in the Middle East.

VIVA USA!
 
2012-01-15 02:24:48 PM  

Digital Communist: Trance750: If any corporate CEO has done what OPEC has spent the last 30 years doing, they'd be in prison forever.

That's a load of shiat. They would do it and if they thought there was any chance they would get in trouble they would have the offending legislation re-written.


i291.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-15 02:25:03 PM  
Fri January 13, 2012, 03:00 AM [Politics] If Iran steps over the line US may be forced to mark them a zero. There are rules (115)

Thu January 12, 2012, 07:00 PM [Main] Iran: "Our nuclear scientists are randomly asploding." USA: "Wasn't us." Israel: "I understand there has been a problem with suicides among the scientists, LOL" (262) (+62)

Wed January 11, 2012, 10:00 PM [Politics] The Pentagon wants to "lower the temperature" when it comes to Iran. Preferably to absolute zero (72)

Wed January 11, 2012, 10:00 AM [Main] Another Iranian nuclear scientist has car trouble (548)

Tue January 10, 2012, 07:00 PM [Main] I'm not saying Iran brought down the American RQ-170 spy drone with flying saucers and force fields... but it was flying saucers and force fields (87)

Tue January 10, 2012, 02:00 PM [Main] US ship rescues Iranian sailors at sea. This is not a repeat from Thursday (84)

Mon January 09, 2012, 11:00 PM [Politics] Santorum on why Iran shouldn't have nukes: "They're a theocracy. They have deeply embedded beliefs that the afterlife is better than this life." Clearly, Santorum is jealous (186) (+2)

Mon January 09, 2012, 07:00 PM [Politics] Leon Panetta lets it slip that Iran is indeed developing nuclear capabilities (175)

Mon January 09, 2012, 10:00 AM [Main] Now that the orgasmic glow of that whole "American navy rescued our sailors from pirates and we said thank you" thing has faded, Iran decides to roll over and sentence a captured American citizen to death (122)


What stories happened between that constant Iran thread-o-thon and this one?

False Flag
A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.


Robert Baer and Richard Engel on Hardball talking about Israel, escalating hostilities, and provoke Iran into an attack to justify a military response.
 
2012-01-15 02:26:00 PM  
Ok. Bye.
 
2012-01-15 02:26:00 PM  

Trance750: If any corporate CEO has done what OPEC has spent the last 30 years doing, they'd be in prison forever.


If any CEO behaved like a US president in the past 11 years, they'd be hanged in the gallows.
 
2012-01-15 02:26:49 PM  
i161.photobucket.com

Anyone else need some? This should get pretty good.
 
2012-01-15 02:27:05 PM  

Trance750: If any corporate CEO has done what OPEC has spent the last 30 years doing, they'd be in prison forever.


That's probably why nation-states are sovereign entities that can form voluntary trade alliances with other sovereign entities. Limited liability corporations (at least theoretically) are not such things.
 
2012-01-15 02:28:11 PM  
In an effort to isolate themselves from everybody, Iran says that any OPEC country

I'm an ignoramus, but I thought most of Iran's OPEC neighbors already hated Iran, esp, Saudi Arabia, and depending on day of week and who you are talking to, Iraq.

Who is subby referring to?
 
2012-01-15 02:29:35 PM  
cdn.stripersonline.com
 
2012-01-15 02:29:52 PM  
I really want to see this one play out. I'd like to see Iran continue to thumb their nose at everyone and even up their aggression as they are promising here. HOWEVER, I want the US to take absolutely no major role in retaliation, other than embargos and a complete cutoff.

Let's see the UN actually do its own enforcing. Then, if more than nasty letters are issued, let the US provide NO MORE money, troops or weapons than any other nation. Let's do this one the "right way".

Best Korea, you're up next.
 
2012-01-15 02:30:22 PM  
davidv:

Before I die, I'd like to sex a Persian chick.
 
2012-01-15 02:30:23 PM  
Iran acting up again, possible union strikes in Nigeria, Chavez blaming the US for his cancer, the US economy doing better.....

Get ready for $4.50/gallon gas again.
 
2012-01-15 02:30:35 PM  

HempHead: An oil embargo and flying drones is an act of war by the US against Iran.

Can you imagine if Iran started flying armed drones over Washington DC or announced an embargo of corn?

Iran is the 3rd biggest oil exporter...this is all leading us to another patriotic war in the Middle East.


Given all these givens, it is perhaps an unwise strategy to taunt the bully who is just dying for a reason to pound your ass. Whether fair or unfair, if you know that most powerful and efficient military machine the world has ever known would like to turn your country into rubble, you should maybe try a strategy that aims to avoid that outcome, rather than hasten its arrival.

As Jon Stewart said, it's as if someone in Iran has decided they don't like having working roads, buildings and infrastructure and are projecting a profitable future for themselves in the rubble business.
 
2012-01-15 02:32:53 PM  
Iran has been reminding me of the tea party idiots lately. They just keep saying and doing stupid shiat, people look up for a second or two, them get back to their business because their power and influence is long gone.
 
2012-01-15 02:33:33 PM  
They're trying to use the oil weapon.

That makes their oil facilities a weapon.

They try that and we should start dropping Tomahawks on their oil facilities.
 
2012-01-15 02:35:46 PM  

dalovindj: Iran seems to be using the nation-state version of the GOP playbook. What is good for your party is secondary to vigorously opposing the opposition. Even if that strategy means you will ultimately be decimated. For the GOP it means getting destroyed at the polls in the coming elections, but if Iran keeps this shiat up their destruction will be of a more literal sort.


Let's talk again November 7th. Lots of things can happen between now and then but I believe we are in for a potential landslide. Many people, in my opinion, are just not liking the whole Obama hope and change thing.
Just one guys opinion.
 
2012-01-15 02:36:45 PM  
As I tell my kids: "Anyone who set terms on your friendship isn't your firend."
 
2012-01-15 02:37:01 PM  

Party Boy: False Flag: A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.


FYA: The report then made its way to the White House, according to the currently serving U.S. intelligence officer. The officer said that Bush "went absolutely ballistic" when briefed on its contents. "The report sparked White House concerns that Israel's program was putting Americans at risk...but this was different. No matter what anyone thinks, we're not in the business of assassinating Iranian officials or killing Iranian civilians." Israel's relationship with Jundallah continued to roil the Bush administration until the day it left office, this same intelligence officer noted.

There is little question that Jundallah is part of the Qaedan (new window) network. The Iranians have been blaming the Jundallah/Qaedan attacks on the US for years. But this has been going on since Bush was in office--I don't think it has much to do with the recent brouhaha over sanctions and the Straits of Hormuz--that seems more to provoke a spike in oil revenue for Iran in the face of coming sanctions. This threat against OPEC countries is pretty much along the same lines I think. They're trying to buoy the price to fill their coffers as full as possible before the fit hits the shan.
 
2012-01-15 02:38:09 PM  

Teen Wolf Blitzer: davidv:

Before I die, I'd like to sex a Persian chick.


How do you feel about Beverly Hills?
 
2012-01-15 02:38:35 PM  

wichitaleaf: dalovindj: Iran seems to be using the nation-state version of the GOP playbook. What is good for your party is secondary to vigorously opposing the opposition. Even if that strategy means you will ultimately be decimated. For the GOP it means getting destroyed at the polls in the coming elections, but if Iran keeps this shiat up their destruction will be of a more literal sort.

Let's talk again November 7th. Lots of things can happen between now and then but I believe we are in for a potential landslide. Many people, in my opinion, are just not liking the whole Obama hope and change thing.
Just one guys opinion.


As a person who can't stand the whole "Obama hope and change thing", I think you're absolutely wrong. I believe the Republicans are having the hardest time getting their diarrhea together.
 
2012-01-15 02:39:34 PM  
This is the U.S.A & U.K's fault for killing Iran's number 1 enemy Saddam Hussein ..hopefully this doesn't end up like their other big faux pas in arming the Taliban to fight the Soviets thus creating a future enemy that would go on to fight for 10 years and in the aftermath nearly kill the world economy

but I'm not too optimistic
/fail
 
2012-01-15 02:41:36 PM  

imprimere: HOWEVER, I want the US to take absolutely no major role in retaliation, other than embargos and a complete cutoff. Then, if more than nasty letters are issued, let the US provide NO MORE money, troops or weapons than any other nation.


i.imgur.com

Sorry, but the ink is already dry on this deal for the US and the Saudis.
 
2012-01-15 02:41:40 PM  
The Arabs already hate the Persians anyway. Everything they do is an unfriendly act.
 
2012-01-15 02:42:03 PM  
For some reason this reminds me of the AI in Civ V. They will aggressively settle new cities near your territory and when you settle a new city anywhere near your territory they complain that you are being hostile by settling near them.
 
2012-01-15 02:42:13 PM  
So iran is telling him to Go Sit?
 
2012-01-15 02:42:32 PM  

wichitaleaf: Let's talk again November 7th. Lots of things can happen between now and then but I believe we are in for a potential landslide. Many people, in my opinion, are just not liking the whole Obama hope and change thing.
Just one guys opinion.


The only landside that Romney will inspire is one of apathy. Expect record low Republican turnout, especially once they start talking about what Mormons actually believe. Romney is an insanely weak candidate and he will be destroyed. With a 9% approval rating, Congress should see a GOP bloodbath as well. Although polls seem to be indicating an anti-incumbent trend instead of a strictly anti-GOP trend.

But as you said a lot can happen between now and November. I'm holding out for the Colbert campaign to take off.
 
2012-01-15 02:43:27 PM  

Lunchlady: Teen Wolf Blitzer: davidv:

Before I die, I'd like to sex a Persian chick.

How do you feel about Beverly Hills?


It's hot, but the carpet burn is terrible.
 
2012-01-15 02:43:53 PM  
Why are we paying to keep Middle East oil flowing to the likes of China? Why aren't the nations who benefit from a stable Middle East paying to keep the Straits of Hormuz open?

/wishes we would stop subsidizing other nations' national defense as we can't afford it anymore and it brings us a ton of grief
 
2012-01-15 02:45:17 PM  

Somacandra: I don't think it has much to do with the recent brouhaha over sanctions and the Straits of Hormuz


The release of this information is what is important. Theres going to be more blowback from various people over what is not covered on Iran. I'd consider this more of a shot across the bow.

You have an Obama administration who, just recently, expended a chunk of political capital on releasing oil from the strategic oil reserves to drive down prices to help boost the economy. In come the AIPAC sanctions, and Obama pleads to ease the impact of the penalties to avoid driving up oil prices. He loses. Oil prices go up over the nonsense that occurs afterwards, negatively affecting the US economy. Bonus? China Gets Cheaper Iran Oil as U.S. Pays for Hormuz Patrols. A varied group of other people, with the run up to the Iraq war fresh on their minds, arent too happy with this and with the televison media coverage. One example of this is from Robert Baer and Engel on Matthews. Baer is one of the very respected experts in the area. Another is from U.S. defense leaders that are increasingly concerned that Israel is preparing to take military action against Iran, over U.S. objections, and have stepped up contingency planning to safeguard U.S. facilities in the region in case of a conflict (fark doesn't like WSJ links, just google that sentence).

The selective reporting is atrocious, and its pissing people off. 2002 is very fresh in many minds.
 
2012-01-15 02:45:40 PM  
I'm trying to understand the big picture here...

So there have been international sanctions on Iran going back decades. But they never really had a serious effect.

Is this because the element of "banking restrictions" that blacklist a company inside the US which processes transactions with Iran? And this has actually got them truly alarmed now?

I saw that the sanctions were expected to cause them to have to sell oil to a short list of customers, and the difficulties would force the selling price down like 10% or more. Is that what's got Iran in a furor? Well, most of their government income is oil sales, so a 10% drop in gross income is a pretty huge thing.
 
2012-01-15 02:45:54 PM  
Here's a thought:

What if Iran and Russia (who supports Iran and opposes these insane sanctions) DROP their price to, say, $30.00 per barrel, open to anyone who wants to buy?

Let the free market decide.
 
2012-01-15 02:47:36 PM  
globalpossibilities.files.wordpress.com

Well, they do have this slightly used "drone" they found on Ebay ...
 
2012-01-15 02:49:35 PM  

Somacandra: Sorry, but the ink is already dry on this deal for the US and the Saudis.


Theres backstory on that deal.

The sale, under negotiation since 2007 was tied up with an Israeli deal with the F-35.

In 2005, the U.S. suspended cooperation with Israel on the fighter Jet, due to Israel's arms deals with China. Our problems with Israel selling China arms goes back a long way 1 2 3,

We agreed to sell (at the later date mentioned in the TFA) the F-35 to Israel as part of a renegotiated defensive package to Israel, where the US is giving Israel an overall $30 billion aid package. There was a settlement deal bantered around in there that didn;t work out, too.

This package was designed to "maintain Israel's military edge" in a arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

Now, this deal with the Saudis was suspended, and reviewed (Sen Weiner ) in good part over a hub bub that that the Saudis were getting were weapons the "U.S. has been selling Israel such weapons since the 1990s."

Moreover, addressing Israeli concerns, advanced sensors on the new Saudi F-15s will have technology built in to prevent them being used against their Israeli equivalents.

Theres been Saudi relations downslide from when the neocons took over the Bush presidency and pushed out old Bush friend Prince Bandar. Lets remember that Bill Kristol was advocating replacing the Saudi monarchy in 2002.

 
2012-01-15 02:50:21 PM  
mymobstuff.com

/hot like the temperature in Tehran on Thursday.
 
2012-01-15 02:50:51 PM  

Befuddled: Why are we paying to keep Middle East oil flowing to the likes of China? Why aren't the nations who benefit from a stable Middle East paying to keep the Straits of Hormuz open?

/wishes we would stop subsidizing other nations' national defense as we can't afford it anymore and it brings us a ton of grief



Where do you think China gets the energy and raw materials that they use to make all of the cheap, plastic doodads that Wal*Mart America is utterly dependent on?

What? You want to pay $50.00 for that Chinese coffee maker than currently sells for $9.99 at Target?
 
2012-01-15 02:52:51 PM  
if only iran would have let the shaw stay in power...

how dare they do this!
 
2012-01-15 02:52:53 PM  

Befuddled: Why are we paying to keep Middle East oil flowing to the likes of China?


Because it's profitable for the billionaires who run the oil companies.
 
2012-01-15 02:53:47 PM  

desertfool: Iran acting up again, possible union strikes in Nigeria, Chavez blaming the US for his cancer, the US economy doing better.....

Get ready for $4.50/gallon gas again.


This!
I'll see you and raise you $1
/ per gallon
// Iranian Slashies!
 
2012-01-15 02:54:03 PM  

King Something: billionaires who run the oil companies.


Billionaires that run the oil companies have hated these sanctions since they were firs passed in the mid nineties. Even Cheney railed against them.
 
2012-01-15 02:55:02 PM  

Party Boy: Fri January 13, 2012, 03:00 AM [Politics] If Iran steps over the line US may be forced to mark them a zero. There are rules (115)

Thu January 12, 2012, 07:00 PM [Main] Iran: "Our nuclear scientists are randomly asploding." USA: "Wasn't us." Israel: "I understand there has been a problem with suicides among the scientists, LOL" (262) (+62)

Wed January 11, 2012, 10:00 PM [Politics] The Pentagon wants to "lower the temperature" when it comes to Iran. Preferably to absolute zero (72)

Wed January 11, 2012, 10:00 AM [Main] Another Iranian nuclear scientist has car trouble (548)

Tue January 10, 2012, 07:00 PM [Main] I'm not saying Iran brought down the American RQ-170 spy drone with flying saucers and force fields... but it was flying saucers and force fields (87)

Tue January 10, 2012, 02:00 PM [Main] US ship rescues Iranian sailors at sea. This is not a repeat from Thursday (84)

Mon January 09, 2012, 11:00 PM [Politics] Santorum on why Iran shouldn't have nukes: "They're a theocracy. They have deeply embedded beliefs that the afterlife is better than this life." Clearly, Santorum is jealous (186) (+2)

Mon January 09, 2012, 07:00 PM [Politics] Leon Panetta lets it slip that Iran is indeed developing nuclear capabilities (175)

Mon January 09, 2012, 10:00 AM [Main] Now that the orgasmic glow of that whole "American navy rescued our sailors from pirates and we said thank you" thing has faded, Iran decides to roll over and sentence a captured American citizen to death (122)


What stories happened between that constant Iran thread-o-thon and this one?

False Flag
A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.

Robert Baer and Richard Engel on Hardball talking about Israel, escalating hostilities, and provoke Iran into an attack to justify a military response.



Perhaps it's time that America review the definition of "friends" vs that of "enemies".
 
2012-01-15 02:55:12 PM  

HempHead: HempHead: Can you imagine if Iran started flying armed drones over Washington DC or announced an embargo of corn?

It's funny how the little regional powers always rage against US involvement when they want to beat up on their neighbors. But as soon as they get into trouble it's "Help us, USA! You're our only hope!"

 
2012-01-15 02:58:31 PM  

Amos Quito: Perhaps it's time that America review the definition of "friends" vs that of "enemies".


Well, if you got your news here, it would be pretty hard to come to any conclusion but "hurr, lets go invade.. glass parking derp."
 
2012-01-15 02:59:57 PM  
While the U.S is busy in Asia .. Canada is quietly rebuilding its military and building super prisons to put in American POW's for when we make our invasion
 
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