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MASSIVE MILITARY EXERCISE IN GULF....
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10:45 27Mar07 DJN-DJ US NAVY BEGINS BIG MILITARY EXERCISES IN PERSIAN GULF
10:47 27Mar07 DJN-DJ US:EXERCISES LARGEST MILITARY OP IN GULF SINCE IRAQ INVASION
10:59 27Mar07 DJN-DJ US Launches Huge Show Of Military Force In Persian Gulf
DJ US Launches Huge Show Of Military Force In Persian Gulf

DUBAI (AP)--The U.S. Navy on Tuesday began its largest demonstration of force in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by a pair of aircraft carriers and backed by warplanes flying simulated attack maneuvers off the coast of Iran.
The maneuvers bring together two strike groups of U.S. warships and more than a hundred U.S. warplanes to conduct simulated air warfare in the crowded Gulf shipping lanes.
The U.S. exercises come just four days after Iran's capture of 15 U.K. sailors and marines who had, Iran said, strayed into Iranian waters near the Gulf. The U.K. and the U.S. Navy have insisted the sailors were operating in Iraqi waters.
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kevin Aandahl said the U.S. maneuvers weren't organized in response to the capture of the British sailors - nor were they meant to threaten the Islamic Republic, whose navy operates in the same waters.
He declined to specify when the Navy planned the exercises.
Aandahl said the U.S. warships would stay out of Iranian territorial waters, which extend 12 miles off the Iranian coast.
A French naval strike group, led by the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, was operating simultaneously just outside the Gulf. But the French ships were supporting the NATO forces in Afghanistan and not taking part in the U.S. maneuvers, officials said.
Overall, the exercises involve more than 10,000 U.S. personnel on warships and aircraft making simulated attacks on enemy shipping with aircraft and ships, hunting enemy submarines and finding mines.
"What it should be seen as by Iran or anyone else is that it's for regional stability and security," Aandahl said. "These ships are just another demonstration of that. If there's a destabilizing effect, it's Iran's behavior."

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U.S. Navy Flexes Muscles in Persian Gulf


At the Pentagon, spokesman Bryan Whitman said the Navy routinely conducts exercises when its forces are deployed near each other.

"The exercise should reassure our friends and allies of our commitment to security and stability in the region," Whitman said. "We are not interested in confrontation in the Gulf."

A flight deck sailor watches as two F/A-18 C warplanes approach, while standing aboard the USS John C. Stenniis Tuesday March 27, 2007, while sailing in Persian Gulf waters. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (Kamran Jebreili - AP)

The war games involve more than 10,000 U.S. personnel mounting simulated attacks on enemy aircraft and ships, while hunting submarines and looking for mines.

"What it should be seen as by Iran or anyone else is that it's for regional stability and security," Aandahl said. "These ships are just another demonstration of that. If there's a destabilizing effect, it's Iran's behavior."

The U.S. drills were the latest in a series of competing American and Iranian war games. Iran conducted naval maneuvers in November and April, while in October the Navy led a training exercise aimed at blocking nuclear smuggling.

In January, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Stennis strike group was being sent to the Mideast as a warning to Iran that it should not misjudge America's resolve in the region.

Iran has grown increasingly assertive in the Persian Gulf as the U.S. military has become focused on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iranian officials have publicly called on America's Arab allies to shut down U.S. military bases and join Iran in a regional security alliance.

Leaders of Arab nations around the Gulf have grown increasingly uneasy with the tough U.S. stance toward Iran, believing any outbreak of war would bring attacks on their own soil. But none has shown interest in an alliance with Iran.

In February, the 5th Fleet's then-commander, Vice Adm. Patrick Walsh, said he had assured Arab allies that Washington was trying to avoid "a mistake that boils over into war" with Iran.

The Stennis strike group, with more than 6,500 sailors and marines, entered the Gulf late Monday or early Tuesday along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam, the Navy said.

The Stennis, which had been supporting military operations in Afghanistan from the Arabian Sea, joined the strike group led by the Eisenhower.

It is the first time two U.S. aircraft carriers have operated in the Gulf since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Aandahl said. The Eisenhower was operating off the coast of Somalia in January and February.

Each carrier carries an air wing of F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighter-bombers, EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft, S-3 Viking refueling and anti-submarine planes, and E-2C Hawkeye airborne command-and-control aircraft.

Also taking part were six guided-missile destroyers, the Anzio, Ramage, O'Kane, Mason, Preble and Nitze; the frigate Hawes; amphibious assault ships Boxer and Bataan; and the minesweepers Scout, Gladiator and Ardent.

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James Calderwood reported from aboard the Stennis and Jim Krane from Dubai.

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more on the military muscle flexing going on in the Iranian neighborhood ..

Russian intelligence sees U.S. military buildup on Iran border
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MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russian military intelligence services are reporting a flurry of activity by U.S. Armed Forces near Iran's borders, a high-ranking security source said Tuesday.

"The latest military intelligence data point to heightened U.S. military preparations for both an air and ground operation against Iran," the official said, adding that the Pentagon has probably not yet made a final decision as to when an attack will be launched.

He said the Pentagon is looking for a way to deliver a strike against Iran "that would enable the Americans to bring the country to its knees at minimal cost."

He also said the U.S. Naval presence in the Persian Gulf has for the first time in the past four years reached the level that existed shortly before the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Col.-Gen. Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Sciences, said last week that the Pentagon is planning to deliver a massive air strike on Iran's military infrastructure in the near future.

A new U.S. carrier battle group has been dispatched to the Gulf.

The USS John C. Stennis, with a crew of 3,200 and around 80 fixed-wing aircraft, including F/A-18 Hornet and Superhornet fighter-bombers, eight support ships and four nuclear submarines are heading for the Gulf, where a similar group led by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has been deployed since December 2006.

The U.S. is also sending Patriot anti-missile systems to the region
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Hoy Noddy!
Thanks for the heaps of posts, much appreciated!

Bomb bomb bomb.... bomb bomb Iran...
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Hey Mark ..

Great to hear from you !!!

I added the second article this afternoon.. and theres another from the
debka files I'm trying to find as well ...

Its sad that noone reads this stuff ..sighh
and it really cheered me up to see your reply ..

From my research today .. it seems that there are plans afoot to commence
errmmm... PROCEEDINGS in early april ..

OMG .. I HOPE THAT THE REPORTS ARE WRONG ..

I get this terrible feeling of fear and loathing about this ..
To think that the world .. esp Iran will be held hostage to the whims and
and madness of the PTB .. geeez ..
I hope that theres a higher power that is compassionate and kind ..
cos thats all thats gonna help us ..

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Heres some more info ...

OPERATION BITE: APRIL 6 SNEAK ATTACK BY US FORCES AGAINST IRAN
PLANNED, RUSSIAN MILITARY SOURCES WARN

GENERAL IVASHOV CALLS FOR EMERGENCY SESSION OF UN SECURITY
COUNCIL TO WARD OFF LOOMING US AGGRESSION

By Webster G. Tarpley

Washington DC, March 25 --

The long awaited US military attack on Iran is now on track
for the first week of April, specifically for 4 AM on April
6, the Good Friday opening of Easter weekend, writes the
well-known Russian journalist Andrei Uglanov in the Moscow
weekly "Argumenty Nedeli." Uglanov cites Russian military
experts close to the Russian General Staff for his account.

The attack is slated to last for twelve hours, according to
Uglanov, lasting from 4 AM until 4 PM local time. Friday is
a holiday in Iran. In the course of the attack, code named
Operation Bite, about 20 targets are marked for bombing; the
list includes uranium enrichment facilities, research centers,
and laboratories.

The first reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, where
Russian engineers are working, is supposed to be spared from
destruction. The US attack plan reportedly calls for the Iranian
air defense system to be degraded, for numerous Iranian warships
to be sunk in the Persian Gulf, and the for the most important
headquarters of the Iranian armed forces to be wiped out.

The attacks will be mounted from a number of bases, including
the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Diego Garcia
is currently home to B-52 bombers equipped with standoff
missiles. Also participating in the air strikes will be US naval
aviation from aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, as well as
from those of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Additional
cruise missiles will be fired from submarines in the Indian
Ocean and off the coast of the Arabian peninsula. The goal is
allegedly to set back Iran's nuclear program by several years,
writes Uglanov, whose article was re-issued by RIA-Novosti in
various languages, but apparently not English, several days
ago. The story is the top item on numerous Italian and German
blogs, but so far appears to have been ignored by US websites.

Observers comment that this dispatch represents a high-level
orchestrated leak from the Kremlin, in effect a war warning,
which draws on the formidable resources of the Russian
intelligence services, and which deserves to be taken with
the utmost seriousness by pro-peace forces around the world.

Asked by RIA-Novosti to comment on the Uglanov report, retired
Colonel General Leonid Ivashov confirmed its essential features
in a March 21 interview: "I have no doubt that there will
be an operation, or more precisely a violent action against
Iran." Ivashov, who has reportedly served at various times as
an informal advisor to Putin, is currently the Vice President
of the Moscow Academy for Geopolitical Sciences.

Ivashov attributed decisive importance to the decision of the
Democratic leadership of the US House of Representatives to
remove language from the just-passed Iraq supplemental military
appropriations bill which would have demanded that Bush come
to Congress before launching an attack on Iran. Ivashov pointed
out that the language was eliminated under pressure from AIPAC,
the lobbing group representing the Israeli extreme right,
and of Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni.

"We have drawn the unmistakable conclusion that this operation
will take place," said Ivashov. In his opinion, the US planning
does not include a land operation: " Most probably there will
be no ground attack, but rather massive air attacks with the
goal of annihilating Iran's capacity for military resistance,
the centers of administration, the key economic assets, and
quite possibly the Iranian political leadership, or at least
part of it," he continued.

Ivashov noted that it was not to be excluded that the Pentagon
would use smaller tactical nuclear weapons against targets
of the Iranian nuclear industry. These attacks could paralyze
everyday life, create panic in the population, and generally
produce an atmosphere of chaos and uncertainty all over Iran,
Ivashov told RIA-Novosti. "This will unleash a struggle for
power inside Iran, and then there will be a peace delegation
sent in to install a pro-American government in Teheran,"
Ivashov continued. One of the US goals was, in his estimation,
to burnish the image of the current Republican administration,
who would now be able to boast that they had wiped out the
Iranian nuclear program.

Among the other outcomes, General Ivashov pointed to a partition
of Iran along the same lines as Iraq, and a subsequent carving
up of the Near and Middle East into smaller regions. "This
concept worked well for them in the Balkans and will now be
applied to the greater Middle East," he commented.

"Moscow must expert Russia's influence by demanding an emergency
session of the United Nations Security Council to deal with
the current preparations for an illegal use of force against
Iran and the destruction of the basis of the United Nations
Charter," said General Ivashov. "In this context Russia could
cooperate with China, France and the non-permanent members of
the Security Council. We need this kind of preventive action
to ward off the use of force," he concluded.
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Thanks Noddy!

I read Webster Tarpleys article but did not post it. So many dates come and go... but we all know it's coming.

What I find interesting is that Irans government recently arrested 15 British soldiers, - whom Iran claims were in their nations territorial waters, - as if they truly desire a confrontation.

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More articles about the dogs of war and their latest "Bone''..


http://www.heatherwokusch.com/index.php?na...article&sid=114

Easter Surprise: Attack on Iran, New 9/11 or Worse

"There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again." - George W. Bush, September 2002

"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous... Having said that, all options are on the table." George W. Bush, February 2005

The Bush administration continues moving closer to a nuclear attack on Iran, and we ignore the obvious buildup at our peril.

Russian media is sounding alarms. In February, ultra-nationalist leader Vladimir Shirinovsky warned that the US would launch a strike against Tehran at the end of this month. Then last week, the Russian News and Information Agency Novosti (RIA-Novosti) quoted military experts predicting the US will attack Iran on April 6th, Good Friday. According to RIA-Novosti, the imminent assault will target Iranian air and naval defense capabilities, armed forces headquarters as well as key economic assets and administration headquarters. Massive air strikes will be deployed, possibly tactical nuclear weapons as well, and the Bush administration will attempt to exploit the resulting chaos and political unrest by installing a pro-US government.

Sound familiar? It's Iraq Dj vu all over again, and we know how well that war has gone.

Seymour Hersh has published numerous articles in The New Yorker detailing the Bush administration's plans to invade Iran. His latest, "The Redirection," discusses US participation in Iran-based clandestine operations, the kidnapping of hundreds of Iranians (including many "humanitarian and aid workers") by US forces and the shocking revelation that an Iran-Contra-type scandal has been run out of Vice President Dick Cheney's office with some of the illicit funds going to groups "sympathetic to al-Qaeda."

"The Redirection" also reports that the Pentagon has been planning to bomb Iran for a year and that a recently-established group connected to the Joint Chiefs of Staff is formulating a assault strategy to be implemented "upon orders from the President, within twenty-four hours." Hersh notes that current capabilities "allow for an attack order this spring," possibly when four US aircraft-carrier battle groups are scheduled to be in the Persian Gulf simultaneously.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Congress busies itself with non-binding, timid resolutions on Iraq and recently altered a military-funding bill to make it easier for Bush to invade Iran. As Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) explained, language demanding that Bush seek congressional approval before attacking Iran "would take away perhaps the most important negotiating tool that the U.S. has when it comes to Iran."

Such sheer ignorance and blind denial would be laughable if it weren't marching us into Armageddon.

But with this Administration (and this Congress, apparently) diplomacy be damned.

It's now widely known that Iran had broached peace talks with the US in 2003 - Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice admitted as much in 2006 when she said, "what the Iranians wanted earlier was to be one-on-one with the United States." Yet the White House rejected Tehran's overture outright and Rice has since developed selective amnesia, later saying of the Iranian proposal, I don't remember seeing any such thing. "

For its part, the UN Security Council recently tightened sanctions aimed at pressuring Iran to cease uranium enrichment, and in response, Iran announced it would cooperate less with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

It's worth noting that Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and says that its program falls under the legally permitted right to "peacefully use nuclear technology." In contrast, Israel has neither signed nor ratified the NPT and the US would breach the Treaty by conducting a nuclear attack against Iran.

Besides, the Bush administration's message to its enemies has been very clear: if you possess WMD you're safe, and if you don't, you're fair game. Iraq had no nuclear weapons and was invaded, Iran doesn't as well and risks attack, yet that other "Axis of Evil" country, North Korea, reportedly does have nuclear weapons and is left alone. When considering that India and Pakistan (and presumably Israel) developed secret nuclear weapons programs yet remain on good terms with Washington, the case for war becomes even more tenuous.

What consequences would arise from a US attack on Iran? Retaliation, for one. Tehran promised a "crushing response" to any US or Israeli assault, and while the country - ironically - doesn't possess nuclear weapons to scare off attackers, it does have other options. Iran boasts a standing army estimated at 450,000 personnel, as well as long-range missiles that could hit Israel and possibly even Europe. In addition, much of the world's oil supply is transported through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow stretch of water which Iran borders to the north. In 1997, Iran's deputy foreign minister warned that the country might close off that shipping route if ever threatened, and it wouldn't be difficult. Just a few missiles or gunboats could bring down vessels and block the Strait, thereby threatening the global oil supply and shooting the price of crude oil to over $100 a barrel, with untold negative consequences for the world economy.

An attack on Iran would also inflame tensions in the Middle East, and could tip the scales towards a new geopolitical balance, one in which the US finds itself shut out by Russia, China, Iran, Muslim countries and the many others Bush has managed to alienate during his period in office.

The most horrific impact of a US assault on Iran, of course, would be the potentially catastrophic number of casualties. The Oxford Research Group predicted that up to 10,000 people would die if the US bombed Iran's nuclear sites, and that an attack on the Bushehr nuclear reactor could send a radioactive cloud over the Gulf. If the US uses nuclear weapons, such as earth-penetrating "bunker buster" bombs, radioactive fallout would become even more disastrous.

The devastating implications of a US strike on Iran are clear. And that begs the question: how could the US public be convinced to enter another potentially ugly and protracted war?

Former CIA Officer Philip Giraldi chillingly noted that the Pentagon's plans to attack Iran were drawn up "to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States." Writing in The American Conservative in August 2005, Giraldi added, "The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites ... As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States."

Chew on that one a minute. The Pentagon's plan would be in response to a terrorist attack on the US, but not contingent upon Iran actually having been responsible. How outlandish is this scenario: another 9/11 hits the US, the administration says it has secret information implicating Iran, the US population demands retribution and bombs start dropping on Tehran.

While even contemplating another 9/11 brings shudders, it's worth noting that last year, Congress quietly approved provisions making it easier for the President to declare federal martial law after a domestic terrorist incident. And recall that in late 2003, General Tommy Franks openly speculated on how a new 9/11 could lead to a military form of government: "a terrorist, massive, casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western world - it may be in the United States of America - that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass, casualty-producing event. Which in fact, then begins to unravel the fabric of our Constitution."

Meanwhile, Iran conducted war games in the Persian Gulf last week and just yesterday, the US Navy began its largest maneuvers in the region since the 2003 Iraq invasion, complete with over 100 US warplanes and 10,000 personnel.

The clock is ticking, and there's far too much at stake.

If you're from the US, contact your Senators today and ask them to support the Webb amendment prohibiting the Administration from attacking Iran without congressional approval. Tell them to support the Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) bill making it harder for Bush to declare martial law and take over the National Guard, and while you're at it, tell your Senators to only fund troop withdrawal and to bring the troops home. Thank those Congress members who voted against more war funding.

We could be looking at WWIII. The time for positive action is now.
Note: Originally published: March 28, 2007

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