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(Wired)   The US is quietly positioning a lot of stealth aircraft near Iran. October surprise anyone?   (wired.com ) divider line
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2012-04-28 12:17:19 AM  

Mrtraveler01: beta_plus: Obama won't attack until after the election.

If he attacks Iran oil goes through the roof and his approval rating will crash through the cellar floor.

Good thing we don't get much oil from Iran then.

Dumbass...


Good thing Iran doesn't control a major oil shipping lane, eithe- oh, wait...
 
2012-04-28 12:17:47 AM  

Knight of the Woeful Countenance: deadcrickets:

I agree it would be political suicide to go to war with Iran right now. However, if you watch the Pentagon Channel you'll see they are already telegraphing some troop movements into the area to places like Georgia.

Yeah, but the Pentagon Channel hasn't been any good since they started with programming stuff like Alien Hunters and Surplus Stars.


Not sure what version of a Pentagon Channel you are watching but ours only has stuff like DVIDS.
 
2012-04-28 12:17:56 AM  
i47.tinypic.com

/nearly a 100 posts?
//slackers
 
2012-04-28 12:18:24 AM  

ununcle: Kurland: How about this. Lets NOT murder a bunch of brown people and kill a bunch of our own people as well. Lets just skip this war. If Israel wants a war let them do it alone. Not our business.

And here's the guy who thinks this has to do with being brown.


Yea, although it does have everything to do with light sweet crude oil, which is sorta brown. And really we want move on Iran for another decade well we may go ahead and do a reenactment of Gulf War 1 and see what the Russians do but I doubt they'll be happy with just the equivalent of the Baltic states on that trade.
 
2012-04-28 12:20:31 AM  

ununcle: If anyone looks at a map of the middle east and how it's changed over the last 10 years and doesn't see the US is basically playing divide and conquer like the Soviets did after WW2, please cash in your history card.


RoyBatty: Apart from Iraq, isn't the rest of this a result of "Arab Spring"?


No Arab Spring countries are within a thousand miles of Iran.
 
2012-04-28 12:20:51 AM  
God willing, my husband and I can kick off our combat boots for good within a year. He is active duty AF and I am Air Guard. We've spent more than half of our 7 year marriage apart. We are done. 48 years combined service. Someone else's turn to sacrifice. Armchair warriors, care to volunteer? Your kids, perhaps? Thanks!
 
2012-04-28 12:21:44 AM  

Xyphoid: I hope that if our government decides to go to war, it'll at least have the common decency to institute a draft.


It will be unavoidable. Despite what everyone is saying (read: the same pundits that claimed Iraqis would throw flowers at us), a groundwar with Iran would ultimately be necessary to accomplish anything. Unlike the assaults on Iraq during the Clinton Administration, it's unlikely we could just destroy the entire program with a few missiles. And considering the war on Iraq stretched the military to the breaking point, there is just no conceivable way we could occupy Iran without a draft.
 
2012-04-28 12:22:59 AM  

TheEdibleSnuggie: Why amass a bunch of F-22's and F-15's when one of these will do just fine:


Jesus, do you realize the amount of forms that you have to fill out when you use one of those? It's just not worth it.
 
2012-04-28 12:23:24 AM  

farkityfarker: The US has been surrounding Iran for years. Yet we wonder why they want to develop a nuclear defense.


Because thier terrorists. And thay hate are freeedoms. Also teh jooz.
 
2012-04-28 12:24:27 AM  

deadcrickets: Knight of the Woeful Countenance: deadcrickets:

I agree it would be political suicide to go to war with Iran right now. However, if you watch the Pentagon Channel you'll see they are already telegraphing some troop movements into the area to places like Georgia.

Yeah, but the Pentagon Channel hasn't been any good since they started with programming stuff like Alien Hunters and Surplus Stars.

Not sure what version of a Pentagon Channel you are watching but ours only has stuff like DVIDS.


le sigh... and here I was thinking that joke was pretty clever...

carry on
 
2012-04-28 12:25:51 AM  
I'm still waiting for another cocktober surprise from the repubs -- my bet is on Santorum found in an airport washroom with three guys and a fleshlight.

/you heard it here first
 
2012-04-28 12:27:07 AM  
FTFA:

Air Force's handful of bizjets and Global Hawk drones fitted with the Northrop Grumman Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or Bacon. The F-22, once envisioned as a solitary hunter, was designed without the radio data-links that are standard on F-15s and many other jets. Instead, the Raptor has its own unique link that is incompatible with the Eagle. Bacon helps translate the radio signals so the two jet types can swap information. With a Bacon plane nearby, F-22s and F-15s can silently exchange data

Bacon--is there anything it can't do?

/Oh, and no more wars please kthxbai.
 
2012-04-28 12:27:50 AM  
cman
Does anyone in their right mind foolishly think that Obama of all people could convince the US to have a preemptive strike on Iran?

Who better?


cameroncrazy1984
Why do I feel like if they were quietly doing something with stealth aircraft...we wouldn't know about it?

The number of stories like this might suggest that the point is to intimidate Iran. Their only real countermeasure is the threat of shutting down the Strait and blowing up the US economy. If they can be convinced that they won't be able to do that, then their best option would be to allow inspectors rather than face an Israeli attack backed up by the US armada.

Iran had a larger army and a larger population than israel, don't they?

Are you serious?


Mrtraveler01
Good thing we don't get much oil from Iran then.

Seriously?
 
2012-04-28 12:27:59 AM  

TheEdibleSnuggie: Why amass a bunch of F-22's and F-15's when one of these will do just fine:

[www.titan-ii.com image 640x794]


Delivered in 30 minutes or it's free. I don't even care anymore, and seriously, what's the point of having these things IF YOU NEVER ARE GOING TO USE THEM.


We shoulda just nuked Loc Ninh.
 
2012-04-28 12:28:26 AM  

LadyBelgara: Mrtraveler01: beta_plus: Obama won't attack until after the election.

If he attacks Iran oil goes through the roof and his approval rating will crash through the cellar floor.

Good thing we don't get much oil from Iran then.

Dumbass...

Good thing Iran doesn't control a major oil shipping lane, eithe- oh, wait...


But he didn't say that. He said Iran oil. And most of the oil that goes through that strait is not coming from Iran.

But that's a whole different story.
 
2012-04-28 12:29:59 AM  
Be funny if that spy drone the Iranians captured was still on the clock.
 
2012-04-28 12:31:02 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Alucard1191: tinfoil-hat maggie: I hope so I'm tired of hearing about and I want it now live 24/7 on the tv screen, who bombed who, death tolls civilian body counts all the way till the big ballon goes up and thirty minutes later delivered like a hot crappy pizza we all get to rest.

99 red balloons

/Tired of the warmongering and just wish they'd do it.

2 80's songs linked IN A ROW.

This has to be some sort of sign.

We sorta kind of remember the 80's but it should have ended in an Earth shattering ka-boom.
The Ink Spots


Well... hopefully it won't end up like this.

Link
 
2012-04-28 12:35:36 AM  
Seeing that since all of the stupid voters of 1980 voted for Reagan because they were being so butthurt about the Iran Hostage Crisis (with Reagan doing more harm to America than it ever did to Iran. Thanks loads, you shortsighted dumbsh*ts!), I'd like to hold Iran directly responsible for causing the past thirty years of "trickle down", "voodoo economics", and Iran/Contra that plague us to this very day.

i48.photobucket.com
Hangin's too good for em! Burnin's too good for em!
 
2012-04-28 12:37:40 AM  
Work with an Iranian, super nice chick who has the same concerns in her day to day life as we do. Their leader is no more of a war monger than Bush or Netenyahu. Less so then Bush.
 
2012-04-28 12:40:02 AM  

ununcle: If there so farking stealth, how do people know we're putting them there? Ah yes,,, media manipulati


/spoiler alert
teeehee, it's what the media doesn't know that you should be worried about
 
2012-04-28 12:41:25 AM  
Invite Russian paratroopers to Colorado and then attack their ally. Awkward.
 
2012-04-28 12:41:26 AM  

beta_plus: But Obama is the one - he would never get the US into a war that was none of its business.

He's all about Hope
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and Change
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www.plantcitygov.com

/at least winterwhile changed pictures.
 
2012-04-28 12:42:18 AM  

GAT_00: Or, you know, not so quietly.


img.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 12:43:11 AM  
The U.S. Air Force is quietly assembling the world's most powerful air-to-air fighting team at bases near Iran

Not so quietly now eh, traitor?!

encrypted-tbn0.google.com
 
2012-04-28 12:45:08 AM  
I bet John McCain is masturbating like a horny monkey right now. "Oh yeah!" fap fap fap "Do it Obama" fap fap fap.....
 
2012-04-28 12:47:13 AM  

Alucard1191: tinfoil-hat maggie: Alucard1191: tinfoil-hat maggie: I hope so I'm tired of hearing about and I want it now live 24/7 on the tv screen, who bombed who, death tolls civilian body counts all the way till the big ballon goes up and thirty minutes later delivered like a hot crappy pizza we all get to rest.

99 red balloons

/Tired of the warmongering and just wish they'd do it.

2 80's songs linked IN A ROW.

This has to be some sort of sign.

We sorta kind of remember the 80's but it should have ended in an Earth shattering ka-boom.
The Ink Spots

Well... hopefully it won't end up like this.

Link


Didn't already?
Link
 
2012-04-28 12:50:18 AM  
The aircraft are there in case Iran decides to lash out after Israel puts some warheads on foreheads. Protect our allies and probably enforce a no fly zone
 
2012-04-28 12:52:16 AM  

BuckTurgidson: The U.S. Air Force is quietly assembling the world's most powerful air-to-air fighting team at bases near Iran

Not so quietly now eh, traitor?!

[encrypted-tbn0.google.com image 190x266]


There was supposedly a sailor who sent his mother a joke letter with the body cut out, something like this:

Dear Mother:
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Love, Your Son

P.S. Our letters are being looked over by censors, don't be alarmed if some words are missing
 
2012-04-28 12:52:44 AM  
They're not doing it right if the press is reporting it. The whole point of stealth is being sneaky about it.
 
2012-04-28 12:53:19 AM  
Hmm. Iran's air force capability is as recent as the local classic rock station.
 
2012-04-28 12:55:23 AM  
farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2012-04-28 12:56:08 AM  
nobel peace prize
 
2012-04-28 01:00:37 AM  
Good thing no other Islamic state already has nukes...
 
2012-04-28 01:01:38 AM  
Well. why don't the US military set up some secret forward base to operate from in the middle of the Iranian desert. They could call, oh I don't know, desert one ?
 
2012-04-28 01:01:40 AM  

Ned Stark: nobel peace prize


Mr. Obama arranged that with his Time Machine.
 
2012-04-28 01:02:42 AM  
My prediction: we're going into Iran no matter what. It's just a matter of when at this point.

/I won't complain if I'm proven wrong.
 
2012-04-28 01:03:36 AM  
I'm learning about some cool new jet airplanes that fly really fast and have cool radar that's super sexy. Then all of a sudden...

The Air Force' main flight commander is a Hostage! We have got to rescue him!
Quick! To the sexy jet airplanes!
I'm running across the tarmac...and then all of a sudden:

It's the methods above that the U.S. dogfighting armada would likely use to wipe out the antiquated but determined Iranian air force if the unthinkable occurred and fighting broke out. The warplanes are in place. The pilots are ready. Hopefully they won't be needed.

Unthinkable? Hopefully won't be needed? *sniff*
But...but...the airplanes. Don't we get to fly the airplanes? *sniff*
 
2012-04-28 01:04:12 AM  
Iran will not be allowed to get nuclear weapons pure and simple. If Obama has to invade Iran to achieve that he will. The folks who decide to not vote for him because of the war won't be voting for Romney anyway. Enough Republicans are in Israel's pocket that there won't be enough no votes to allow the Democrats to cut off funding for military operations. Romney won't really be able to protest and will have to throw his support behind Obama's war. Iran will make Iraq and Afghanistan look like cake walks.

To sum up Obama won't lose enough votes to cost him the election so the invasion is probably a go.
If Bush can win an election in the midst of an unpopular war so can Obama.

It will be fun to watch as the Nobel Peace Prize winner launches the nastiest war yet.
 
2012-04-28 01:04:19 AM  

themindiswatching: My prediction: we're going into Iran no matter what. It's just a matter of when at this point.

/I won't complain if I'm proven wrong.


"When" being very important. After an internal revolt, or if they come within a decade of having nuke weapons capability?
 
2012-04-28 01:06:09 AM  
Is the election over? Then we aint invading shiat.
 
2012-04-28 01:06:55 AM  

cman: Does anyone in their right mind foolishly think that Obama of all people could convince the US to have a preemptive strike on Iran?


Wow it was only a like what less than a year ago people like you were attacking Obama as a war monger for what he did in Libya. Asking for impeachment hearings.
 
2012-04-28 01:07:34 AM  

RanDomino:

The number of stories like this might suggest that the point is to intimidate Iran. Their only real countermeasure is the threat of shutting down the Strait and blowing up the US economy. If they can be convinced that they won't be able to do that, then their best option would be to allow inspectors rather than face an Israeli attack backed up by the US armada.



also, electoral politics at home, if obama is after hawkish 'moderates'. god knows he wont lose anyone from the left my waving the sword around.

I doubt an actual attack is coming though. the .mil structure is pretty against it and i don't think obamas the type to tell them to pound sand. err hopefully.
 
2012-04-28 01:08:13 AM  
Mrtraveler01
But he didn't say that. He said Iran oil. And most of the oil that goes through that strait is not coming from Iran.

What you thought he said: "If he attacks, Iran oil goes through the roof"
What he actually said: "If he attacks Iran, oil goes through the roof"
 
2012-04-28 01:09:25 AM  
Wow since the time that Rmoney got the nomination the right wing butt-hurt about Obama has gone up to 11!

Why is that guys? Not very happy about the guy you got?
 
2012-04-28 01:10:33 AM  
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2012-04-28 01:11:14 AM  
Finally, an F-22 vs F-14 fight.

Wait, that gives me a great idea for Top Gun 2: Iranian Boogaloo ... Maverick defects to Iran so he can reunite with the ghost of Goose and once again fly F-14 Tomcats, only this time he must give the finger to American F-22s.
 
2012-04-28 01:13:29 AM  

Corvus: cman: Does anyone in their right mind foolishly think that Obama of all people could convince the US to have a preemptive strike on Iran?

Wow it was only a like what less than a year ago people like you were attacking Obama as a war monger for what he did in Libya. Asking for impeachment hearings.


Not only are you wrong but I also defended him against impeachment ideas
 
2012-04-28 01:14:45 AM  

Brontes: Work with an Iranian, super nice chick who has the same concerns in her day to day life as we do. Their leader is no more of a war monger than Bush or Netenyahu. Less so then Bush.


You know who else betrayed his own kind in order to get some exotic poon tang?
content.internetvideoarchive.com
 
2012-04-28 01:14:47 AM  
I'm confused ...

Which manufactured enemy am I supposed to hate again?

Is it still the Kaiser?
 
2012-04-28 01:16:21 AM  

Nadie_AZ: cman: Does anyone in their right mind foolishly think that Obama of all people could convince the US to have a preemptive strike on Iran?

The only reason Bush got away with Iraq was because of 9/11. No way anyone would have said 'do it' otherwise.

People are tired of offensive wars. Let Iran and Israel square off. Without our money or weapons or man power.


I agree, but there's no way the Jews will have that. Our government panders to them more than the Catholics. Billions of our tax dollars go to help people fight over sand, because HOLOCAUST. Israel's a tough country. They've got F-16s and nukes. They can hold their own. They've done it before and they can do it again. We shouldn't sacrifice our men and women for their war, when we can sell them weapons and achieve the same result.
 
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