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(Telegraph)   An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 438
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2012-09-15 11:05:09 PM  
Like they do every year at this time.

ANNUAL event.

Don't tell infowars though. They want you rubes to keep believing (and paying).
 
2012-09-15 11:13:11 PM  
Is that like a flock of seagulls?
 
2012-09-15 11:16:01 PM  
Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

Somebody still uses battleships?
 
2012-09-15 11:19:37 PM  
Farking Israel knows that it's not possible to win an election in this country if you don't back up any bullshiat they feel like pulling. It would ALMOST be worth Obama losing the election to let those farkers twist in the wind...if it weren't for the fact that 2 months later when Romney was sworn in he'd just enter us into the war then. This war will suck for us, and it's bullshiat that we have to follow those assholes into it.

/Worst. "Ally". Ever.
 
2012-09-15 11:21:38 PM  
So what will the name of the next war be?

Desert ________ ?
 
2012-09-15 11:24:09 PM  

gopher321: Somebody still uses battleships?


i48.tinypic.com


Just really sh*tty directors.
 
2012-09-15 11:24:36 PM  

gopher321: Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

Somebody still uses battleships?


No.

And minesweepers are pre-positioned in Bahrain. They don't go sailing there on an as-needed basis.

So I stopped reading there.
 
2012-09-15 11:24:39 PM  

Hollie Maea: Farking Israel knows that it's not possible to win an election in this country if you don't back up any bullshiat they feel like pulling. It would ALMOST be worth Obama losing the election to let those farkers twist in the wind...if it weren't for the fact that 2 months later when Romney was sworn in he'd just enter us into the war then. This war will suck for us, and it's bullshiat that we have to follow those assholes into it.

/Worst. "Ally". Ever.


No one wants this war to happen except the right wing idealogues in Israel (and the clueless right wingers here who don't think for a second about what it would mean to the world economy).

fark you Israel. You don't get to dictate to the world.
 
2012-09-15 11:25:57 PM  

ArkAngel: So what will the name of the next war be?

Desert Buttfark ?

 
2012-09-15 11:26:26 PM  
Newsflash: significant amounts of world's oil supply flows through major trade route, United States Navy not entirely absent. More when our programming continues at 11.
 
2012-09-15 11:26:42 PM  
And WTF is a "ballistic missile cruiser"?
 
2012-09-15 11:27:15 PM  
My company developed a retraction crane for the minesweeper unit towed behind helicopters. I can't remember specifics, but we made the crane work on a helicopter that uses 30% of the fuel the one the Navy was using.
 
2012-09-15 11:27:19 PM  

mediablitz: fark you Israel. You don't get to dictate to the world.


They already do.
 
2012-09-15 11:27:21 PM  
Oh, come on can't we just have a small nuclear war :(
/Why do I never get any fun.
 
2012-09-15 11:27:27 PM  

gopher321: Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

Somebody still uses battleships?


Didn't you see the movie? They can even fight off an alien invasion!
 
Ehh
2012-09-15 11:28:16 PM  

vygramul: And WTF is a "ballistic missile cruiser"?


Ask your mom?

/Sorry, nothin' personal, this is Fark, etc.
 
2012-09-15 11:28:31 PM  
This is a really bad article that is even below the Televraphs normally subpar standards.
 
2012-09-15 11:28:51 PM  
The multi-national naval force in the Gulf includes three US Nimitz class carrier groups, each of which has more aircraft than the entire complement of the Iranian air force.
The carriers are supported by at least 12 battleships, including ballistic missile cruisers, frigates, destroyers and assault ships carrying thousand of US Marines and special forces.


I stopped reading at this point. Author is doing an opinion piece disguised as analysis and he can't even get basic facts correct. He's wrong about the air craft carriers and battleships.
 
2012-09-15 11:29:17 PM  
I read it as "An armada of US and British naval power is missing in the Persian Gulf" the first time. I just finished reading the Axis of Time trilogy so that might explain it.
 
2012-09-15 11:30:05 PM  
Really? An armada? Should I be outraged or piss my pants?
 
2012-09-15 11:30:07 PM  

blacksharpiemarker: mediablitz: fark you Israel. You don't get to dictate to the world.

They already do.


No. They don't. If they DID, Iran would have been bombed in one of the last 17 YEARS Israel claimed Iran would have "the bomb". Yep, 17 straight years making that claim.

They TRY, and our right wing willingly plays along.
 
2012-09-15 11:30:49 PM  
what's armada with u
 
2012-09-15 11:30:57 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Didn't you see the movie? They can even fight off an alien invasion!


And mothballed ships that have tourists on them every day carry LIVE ammo!
 
2012-09-15 11:31:06 PM  

Hollie Maea: Farking Israel knows that it's not possible to win an election in this country if you don't back up any bullshiat they feel like pulling. It would ALMOST be worth Obama losing the election to let those farkers twist in the wind...if it weren't for the fact that 2 months later when Romney was sworn in he'd just enter us into the war then. This war will suck for us, and it's bullshiat that we have to follow those assholes into it.

/Worst. "Ally". Ever.


In before people calling you an anti-Semite
 
2012-09-15 11:32:05 PM  
HMS Diamond, a brand-new £1billion Type 45 destroyer, one of the most powerful ships in the British fleet, will also be operating in the region.

One of the most powerful ships in Her Majesty's Royal Navy - the same navy that defeated the German armada at Jutland, the same navy that fought and sank the Bismarck. THAT is how powerful a £1b pound type-45 destoyer is among history's battleships!
 
2012-09-15 11:32:55 PM  
Also more than just the US and UK. It is a bunch of nations. Remember that if Iran tried to close the strait they would be in violation of international law (it is free passage for all nations) and in violation of the UAE and Oman's borders (since to close the entire waterway they'd have to invade both).

So no, this isn't the big ole' mean US getting ready to be mean to Iran. It is a bunch of nations, including gulf states, making sure they can keep the lane open, if need be.
 
2012-09-15 11:33:39 PM  

mediablitz: Don't tell infowars though. They want you rubes to keep believing (and paying).


How else can they keep selling 2012?
 
2012-09-15 11:33:56 PM  
Okay 2 things,

1) This is news? Since when do we not have a massive amount of navy ships in the persian gulf?

B) Who the hell still uses battleships?
 
2012-09-15 11:34:19 PM  
jaypgreene.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-09-15 11:34:28 PM  
Who says we let these two theocracies, that have been fighting over the same God forsaken stinking desert since forever, just kill each other off and we use the money for bills?
 
2012-09-15 11:35:00 PM  

Science_Guy_3.14159: Okay 2 things,

1) This is news? Since when do we not have a massive amount of navy ships in the persian gulf?

B) Who the hell still uses battleships?


Aren't battleships cruise missile boats now? Isn't how we used ours in Gulf War 1?
 
2012-09-15 11:36:18 PM  

Science_Guy_3.14159: Okay 2 things,

1) This is news? Since when do we not have a massive amount of navy ships in the persian gulf?


It got quiet in the late '90s. We had five CVNs docked at Norfolk on 9/11. But since then? Never.

B) Who the hell still uses battleships?

No one.
 
2012-09-15 11:37:10 PM  

Brontes: Aren't battleships cruise missile boats now? Isn't how we used ours in Gulf War 1?


That was 20 years ago. They are museums now.
 
2012-09-15 11:37:35 PM  

davidphogan: mediablitz: Don't tell infowars though. They want you rubes to keep believing (and paying).

How else can they keep selling 2012?


Has Alex Jones started his "Obama is going to declare martial law and suspend the elections after we attack Iran" stuff yet? Like he did 4 years ago?

He's nothing if not consistent(ly wrong).
 
2012-09-15 11:37:42 PM  

vygramul: And WTF is a "ballistic missile cruiser"?


Boom
Link

All sorts of awesome.

/not jingoistic
//still awesome
 
2012-09-15 11:37:42 PM  
In an Iranian Video Games arena there is some kid playing pac-man, space invaders, breakout, and

i.imgur.com

That kid is about to become an Iranian hero.
 
2012-09-15 11:38:02 PM  

Brontes: Science_Guy_3.14159: Okay 2 things,

1) This is news? Since when do we not have a massive amount of navy ships in the persian gulf?

B) Who the hell still uses battleships?

Aren't battleships cruise missile boats now? Isn't how we used ours in Gulf War 1?


We put some box launchers aboard - even looked at swapping out a turret but it turned out it don't work that way. currently, they're all sitting as tourist attractions.
 
2012-09-15 11:38:26 PM  

ArkAngel: So what will the name of the next war be?

Desert ________ ?


Sea storm.

Seriously, they should be watching for storms.
 
2012-09-15 11:38:30 PM  

traylor: [jaypgreene.files.wordpress.com image 618x347]


Exactly.
 
2012-09-15 11:38:39 PM  

gopher321: Somebody still uses battleships?


Real men do.

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-09-15 11:38:54 PM  

talkertopc: I read it as "An armada of US and British naval power is missing in the Persian Gulf" the first time. I just finished reading the Axis of Time trilogy so that might explain it.


I read it as "missing" myself at first.

And that's a great series, btw. Recommended for anyone who watched "The Final Countdown" and was disappointed they didn't get to stay and kick ass.


traylor: [jaypgreene.files.wordpress.com image 618x347]


Surprised it took 29 posts for that one.
 
2012-09-15 11:39:04 PM  
Because sucking israeli dick is what the U.S. does best.
 
2012-09-15 11:39:32 PM  

otisrelaxed: vygramul: And WTF is a "ballistic missile cruiser"?

Boom
Link

All sorts of awesome.

/not jingoistic
//still awesome


"ballistic cruise missile" isn't a thing. I'm well aware of Aegis.
 
2012-09-15 11:39:41 PM  

vygramul: And WTF is a "ballistic missile cruiser"?


My guess is Aegis Missile Cruisers? I remember a few years ago hearing how we had them between Japand and North Korea/China, I think kinda as an anti missile system; kind of putting a shield up around Japan?
 
2012-09-15 11:40:13 PM  

Hollie Maea: Farking Israel knows that it's not possible to win an election in this country if you don't back up any bullshiat they feel like pulling. It would ALMOST be worth Obama losing the election to let those farkers twist in the wind...if it weren't for the fact that 2 months later when Romney was sworn in he'd just enter us into the war then. This war will suck for us, and it's bullshiat that we have to follow those assholes into it.

/Worst. "Ally". Ever.


Your and you're right
& wright
 
2012-09-15 11:40:22 PM  

ArkAngel: So what will the name of the next war be?

Desert ________ ?


Desert Patriot Haboob--Blinding Wind
 
2012-09-15 11:40:37 PM  

mediablitz: No. They don't. If they DID, Iran would have been bombed in one of the last 17 YEARS Israel claimed Iran would have "the bomb". Yep, 17 straight years making that claim.

They TRY, and our right wing willingly plays along.


Well, let's hope for another 17 more...
 
2012-09-15 11:40:58 PM  
Awww Geeeeez Not This shiat Again..

/So when is we going in to liberate them peoples from the Israeli controlled concentration camps?
//Just like what was done near the end of WW2.
///Egypt will do it in another 6 months anyways.
 
2012-09-15 11:41:03 PM  
Cross posted to the Politics Tab? Oh boy, better make popcorn.
 
2012-09-15 11:41:13 PM  

Brontes: In before people calling you an anti-Semite


It seems like as people have started to realize how likely we are to get dragged into a war with Iran, and how much it would suck, there seems to be a lot less "You're racist if you don't support Israel 100%". Sadly, though, politicians don't seem to have gotten the memo.

It sucks, because if they started something after the election, I think Obama would be genuinely tempted to give them the finger. But if they do something before, he wouldn't dare.

Of course, even if they aren't planning to start a war, I wouldn't be surprised if good old Bennie Netanyahu didn't try to piss Iran off enough to get them to shut down the straits of Hormuz, just to help out his old frat buddy Mitt.

/Sigh.
 
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