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  • US sends Patriot missile system to Middle East amid Iran tensions

    The US is sending a Patriot missile-defence system to the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Iran.

    A warship, USS Arlington, with amphibious vehicles and aircraft on board, will also join the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group in the Gulf.

    And US B-52 bombers have arrived at a base in Qatar, the Pentagon said.

    The US said the moves were a response to a possible threat to US forces in the region by Iran, without specifying. Iran dismissed the claim as nonsense.

    Tehran has described the deployments as "psychological warfare" aimed at intimidating the country.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48235940
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  • #2
    Here we go again...

    Pete (sighs)

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    • #3
      Air Force sends message to Iran by releasing images of Bomber Task Force mission

      A U.S. bomber group is broadcasting its first apparent message to Iran after the Air Force sent it to the Middle East “to defend American forces and interests in the region.”

      Images released by the U.S. Air Force Central Command show a nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bomber taking off from a base Sunday in Qatar. The mission comes days after the Pentagon released a video showing the planes departing an Air Force base in Louisiana.

      “This was the first mission of the Bomber Task Force deployed to U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in order to defend American forces and interests in the region,” it said.

      https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-air...essage-to-iran
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      • #4
        How about we just pull all of our military out of the gulf? I'm sure those nutballs can figure out their own affairs on their own.

        And if Europe and China still want to have oil products, they could try to convince the locals to play nice with each other.

        Jared (proposes something closer to isolationism than our current policy)
        "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jared View Post
          How about we just pull all of our military out of the gulf? I'm sure those nutballs can figure out their own affairs on their own.

          And if Europe and China still want to have oil products, they could try to convince the locals to play nice with each other.

          Jared (proposes something closer to isolationism than our current policy)
          We like to help.

          Pete (sums up)

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          • #6
            Wartime Presidents do well at election time.
            "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mr. Raceboy View Post
              Wartime Presidents do well at election time.
              This
              They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
              -Mr. Raceboy

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              • #8
                Excluding Biden, the current field of Democratic hopefuls has about as much foreign policy experience combined as Mr. Rogers.

                Pete (would actually trust Mr. Rogers more than any of them, especially Trump)

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                • #9
                  If Trump is agitating China and Iran in hopes of drumming up support during election time..........well all hope for our country is lost

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jeff92se View Post
                    If Trump is agitating China and Iran in hopes of drumming up support during election time..........well all hope for our country is lost
                    It's about time you joined us, Jeff.

                    Pete (has been hopeless for some time now)

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                    • #11
                      Well and that it seems Trump is waging war on the behalf of Israel.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jeff92se View Post
                        Well and that it seems Trump is waging war on the behalf of Israel.
                        That would be better, since Israel is a pretty good ally of ours. But really we're entering a war against Iran on the side of Saudi Arabia, and they're not that great an ally of ours.

                        Pete (isn't sure Israel likes Saudi Arabia much more than they like Iran)

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                        • #13
                          No us waging war on the behalf of anyone isn't better. It's bad either way. I'd guess it's more about Israel vs Saudi Arabia but I'm not up on Saudi politics. But I do know Israel has Trump in their back pocket and is probably behind Trump pulling out from the nuclear agreement

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                          • #14
                            US narrative on Iran questioned as allies call for 'restraint'

                            The US narrative of a deepening threat from Iran was questioned and contradicted as senior Iranian officials warned the US against conflict and Russia's foreign minister spoke of a "downward spiral."

                            The British Ministry of Defense on Wednesday backed one of its generals who countered US claims of a heightened Iranian threat in Syria and Iraq. Lawmakers are raising questions about the administration's military planning for Iran. Analysts are pointing to national security adviser John Bolton's advocacy for regime change in Tehran, while the UN and US allies are expressing concern.
                            Iranian leaders, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, said Tehran doesn't want a war that would devastate the region. They denied Iranian involvement in attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and on a Saudi oil station, raising the possibility of sabotage. And they charged that Washington was unnecessarily escalating tensions with Tehran.
                            Tehran's full court press on the public followed a New York Times report that Bolton orderedupdates to a military plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack US forces or escalate its nuclear activities.
                            https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/14/polit...ict/index.html
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                            • #15
                              US pulls 'non-emergency staff' from Iraq as Iran tensions mount

                              The US state department has ordered the departure of "non-emergency employees" from Iraq, amid rising tensions between the US and Iraq's neighbour Iran.

                              Staff at the embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Irbil must leave as soon as possible on commercial transport.

                              Meanwhile, the German and Dutch armies have suspended training Iraqi soldiers.

                              The US military said on Tuesday that the threat level in the Middle East had been raised in response to intelligence about Iran-backed forces in the region.

                              It contradicted a British general who had said there was "no increased threat".

                              Chris Ghika, deputy commander of the global coalition against the Islamic State group, had told reporters that measures in place to protect US forces and their allies from Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria were "completely satisfactory".
                              https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48279203
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