U.S. carrier crosses Hormuz amid rising Gulf tensions

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911014ever wrote:

take it to em boys!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 14, 2012 2:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DumpBarry wrote:

No wars for Israel. Let them do their own fighting.

Feb 14, 2012 3:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Daisytoo wrote:

And the nuts here in the USA are STILL against hydrofracking and drilling for domestic oil.

Feb 14, 2012 3:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kwgm wrote:

A Democratic party president wants to be reelected in November after a terrible first term, and now the US is instigating another military showdown, this time in the Persian Gulf. It’s an old, familiar story that brings no honor to America, and no joy to proponents of world peace.

Feb 14, 2012 3:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
1Psuche wrote:

Check….Your move…

Feb 14, 2012 3:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Alydia wrote:

I second that 911014ever! May that bastard country be blown off the face forever!

Feb 14, 2012 3:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gloogle wrote:

Iran – all talk and no action, except to use suicide bombers. What a bunch of cowards these ayatollahs are…

Feb 14, 2012 3:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
richardk888 wrote:

Another US attempt to provoke the next world war.

Feb 14, 2012 3:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TonyXL2 wrote:

The Iranian carrier IS Mosaddegh, part of the Mexican-based 5th Iranian fleet, passed through the Florida keys today.

How would YOU feel about THAT?

Feb 14, 2012 3:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DLB22DL wrote:

hell yeah!! blow em out of the water! keep needlessly patrolling foreign waters at $5 million a day then start WW3!!!!

Feb 14, 2012 3:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Citizen_Joe wrote:

This is insanity. Our government is leading us to World War 3. China and Russia have warned us not to do this and China has said they are not afraid of war with the US. They will defend Iran to protect their energy interests. This can lead to nuclear war.

Does anyone remember that China launched an ICBM missile off the California coast in November of 2010 as a warning to us?

Any American who is cheering on this lunacy should sign up and go fight yourselves. Put your body where your mouths are! I guess people my fellow Americans will not learn until bombs are landing on the own doorsteps.

This is why we need a rational man in the White House… and that man is Ron Paul.

Feb 14, 2012 3:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DianeR wrote:

Get ready for Obama to start another unconstitutional undeclared war against a sovereign country. And we wonder why the world hates us? It pains me to say this but the United States has abandoned God and is no longer a good country. If it is any consolation to our enemies, we Americans have lost our Constitutional rights when Obama secretly signed the NDAA on New Year’s Eve.

Feb 14, 2012 3:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ONTIME wrote:

I take it they were ready to fight their way out of a dead end cul-de-sac, that may have been real gritty but I am not sure it was wise…

Feb 14, 2012 3:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Luxomni wrote:

We’re just going to sail back and forth until they strike at us,so we can blame them; no matter how long it takes.

Feb 14, 2012 3:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lastchancer wrote:

This will start WWIII and the end of the anglo-american empire, millions maybe even billions will perish. I guess that it has to happen sooner or later, karma is a b****. I feel sorry for the Iranian people and all the other innocent people of the middle east, who will pay.

Feb 14, 2012 3:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jacqilove wrote:

Got this about two years ago. Apparently true.

Iranian Air Defense Radar: ‘Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.’
Aircraft: ‘This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.’
Iranian Air Defense Radar: ‘You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!’
Aircraft: ‘This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send ‘em up, I’ll wait!’
Iranian Air Defense Radar: (no response… total silence)

Feb 14, 2012 3:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JoeBlow44202 wrote:

We’re just trying to prod Iran into war. Move along, nothing to see here.

Feb 14, 2012 3:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:

I support the US 100% but calm down guys ;P Iran is having a bad day, there not going to make it worse. The Carrier is on a routine mission, its not going to start anything.

Feb 14, 2012 3:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jehoover wrote:

It would be ironic & horrible if USS Abraham Lincoln were taken out Presidents Day’.

I assume the master minds who missed 9/11 & allowed Marines to be blown up by DUMPTRUCK technology in Lenabon have this all taken intio consideration.

Americans have NO sense of history but our enemies do.

Feb 14, 2012 3:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CAPaiva wrote:

By inserting military components into Syria and Iran for purposes of destablization of these countries, is a violation of United Nations Charter. In any case, the Asian Axis (Beijin, Moscow, Pyongyang) will probably form a formal (public) geo-military axis very soon. This agressive military expansion of the United States will be seen as promulgation of hegemonic global tyranny; and traced back to the murderous activities of G.W. Bush, and Larry Silverstein on 11 Sept. 2001. All wars subsequent to the American murders of her own citizens will eventually come back to haunt the United States; which initiated war for money and power…and continues to do so. (Osama bin Laden died over ten years ago…).

Feb 14, 2012 3:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mmercir wrote:

the carriers are accompanied by boomers.

Feb 14, 2012 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mh5all6n wrote:

what’s interesting is that it makes news NOW. Carriers have gone in and out of the gulf multiple times in the past month. It’s not news considering that the US doesn’t leave the gulf without a carrier for that long

Feb 14, 2012 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CAPaiva wrote:

American leadership naval stupidity will be exemplified if she forgets that the Strait of Hormuz may be considered a “door”. She had better make damned sure that that door isn’t locked…subsequent to a saturated cruise missile attack (and/or land-based intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) combined strike).

Feb 14, 2012 3:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jeckyll wrote:

They just might be the only country ignorant enough to try something.

Feb 14, 2012 3:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ATV55 wrote:

Please look at your picture carefully. You are shooting a picture over the bow of an Aircraft Carrier looking at the stern of a CG, yet your article reports a CG followed the CVN through the straits. When those of us who know about the Navy see these shots and read these stories we question the credibility of the article and the accuracy of the reporting

Feb 14, 2012 4:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ren1A wrote:

If you continually back down, you will eventually find yourself on your knees and unable to get back up…Sometimes you have to face your demons.

Feb 14, 2012 4:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dryden01 wrote:

Hopefully, unlike Saddam, the Iranians will decide against inviting BushKrieg. At the same time, Obama and the Bolshevik Wing of the Democratic Party could use a Gulf of Tonkin styled moment to bolster his re-election prospects. What could bring in more Obamavotes and $3 donations than gun sight videos of Iranian military equipment and facilities going up in smoke? How does early September sound? When it is all over, Obama should have his George Bush moment on the carrier and there should be a big sign that says “Iranian Peace Mission Bungled!”

Feb 14, 2012 4:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SDSteve wrote:

Message for the nut cases in Iran: Bring it on!

Feb 14, 2012 4:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
harleyearl wrote:

USS Abraham Lincoln is one of eleven time machines,
all from the USA. If needed they can bomb Iran back to the
stone age. I hope it’s not necessary, but if pushed to it,
we should not waiver. HarleyBidness

Feb 14, 2012 4:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DonkeyDan wrote:

I may be mistaken, but the commanders of a carrier strike force probably have more than a clue as to what they are doing. American sea power has been patrolling the persian gulf as long as I can remember (I am almost sixty) and it has rarely been an issue. If the Iranians think they have less to lose in a military confrontation over the transport of the oil that every western nation needs to survive, they are beyond deluded. Even a military genius like Barak Obama knows what to do in this situation; make them take a position, if it is belligerent, take them out. The idea that the world’s energy supply is somehow subordinated in importance to a conflict between Iran and the ‘zionists’ has no economic sense of scale.

Feb 14, 2012 4:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Manrice wrote:

I would love to see the Iranians put up some of their Stone Age F-4 Phantoms against a few of our F-18 Super Hornets. Their Air Force would disappear overnight and a lot of Iranian pilots would meet their 72 virgins sooner than planned. I think they know better.

Feb 14, 2012 4:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TruthMonitor wrote:

The aricle did not say whether this carrier move into or out of the Persian Gulf. It must have moved out because it moved in just last month.

Feb 14, 2012 4:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ga_tor wrote:

I see a lot of silly comments about how Russia will risk nulcear war over Iran and similar yammering about China. Neither of those nations would do a durned thing if it came down to a conflict with Iran as they know they don’t have the power to last out a day against the USA much less our allies. They WOULD consider running a bluff seeing as how weak our current president is. Most of Russia’s nuclear capability is rusting away and China is still years behind. In any case there is nothing about Iran over which they would risk their own self interests.

Feb 14, 2012 4:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NoMobama wrote:

“with no conditions”
Didn’t our appeaser in chief use those very words when he first came into office with regard to negotiating with Iran? Before that we made demands in order to negotiate.
Folks, you cannot negotiate from a position of weakness, even if it’s perceived. Although it seems to work for North Korea (we keep feeding them and all the food we give them (for free) winds up in the bellies of their soldiers– then we get nothing in return except more demands from them). This fake president keeps giving and giving to the Muslims who have many who want to (and already have) killed us.
The world is laughing at us; we’re such suckers.

Feb 14, 2012 4:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Prezero wrote:

The Iranian carrier IS Mosaddegh, part of the Mexican-based 5th Iranian fleet, passed through the Florida keys today.

How would YOU feel about THAT?

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So you’re saying there is a moral equivalence between Iran and America.

See, none of us would care if the U.S Based British 5th Fleet passed through the Florida Keys or the Spanish 5th Fleet passed through the Keys. The question is not one of a nation’s military strength or where it is projected but the underlying morality of the nation which holds it. Which is why your argument holds no merit.

Feb 14, 2012 4:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Rational54 wrote:

CAPaiva – Bin Laden has been dead for 10 years?!?!? I would love to see your evidence (BTW, evidence is not your opinion, hunch or a dream you had…it is something that can introduced in Court)…thrall me with your acumen

Feb 14, 2012 4:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mp_23 wrote:

The biggest problem with the our Foreign Policy is our ridiculous Energy Policy. If we were independent of foreign oil we wouldn’t be entangled in the powder keg that is the Middle East.
Of course it would be foolish of us to think we would be able to address something like that in an election year.

Feb 14, 2012 4:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gordo53 wrote:

If a shooting war breaks out it will be because we (the US) decided to have one. The Iranians are not interested in giving us an excuse to test our 10 ton (bigger?) flying bombs on their nuclear sites.

Feb 14, 2012 4:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nvwx wrote:

Please there is no war about to start…stop reading the American press and pay attention to the news from other sources. Big picture…Iran is ruled by a Ayatollah not it’s dopey, figure head President. A ruler like an Ayatollah, like Bin Laden and like Saddam all want the same thing…to stay in power. But to stay in power they need an enemy to rally support against, so in walks Uncle Sam. But if you piss off Uncle Sam enough and he has the fortitude he will hand you your head on a silver platter…so whats an Ayatollah to do….how about throw his dopey headed President under a bus. Recall the Iranian Parliament just recently demanded the Mr. “Im-on-a-jihd” report in person to answer several accusations in March. There is also an election in March and depending on the outcome from that Mr. “I’m-on-a-jihad” could find himself having to retire due to sudden health problems (possibly lead poisoning). A few back channel discussions and everything resets with tension ratcheting down.
If not and the Ayatollah wants to pick a fight then so be it…this battle should have happened in 1979 and we should have annihilated those ba$tards then…the World would have been a much better place these last 30 years and the Middle East and Islam will have joined the rest of the modern World.

Feb 14, 2012 4:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
beecawz wrote:

The US has had Navy ships patrolling the Persian Gulf forever. These are international waters and we absolutely have the right to be there. There’s nothing new, illegal or provocative going on here and anyone claiming otherwise is an idiot. If Iran wants to come patrol the Gulf of Mexico, I say have at it. I’m sure we would monitor them very closely, just as Iran is now watching us.

Everyone here claiming the US is trying to instigate something needs to learn a little history as well as a little maritime law.

Feb 14, 2012 5:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Prezero wrote:

gordo53 wrote:
If a shooting war breaks out it will be because we (the US) decided to have one. The Iranians are not interested in giving us an excuse to test our 10 ton (bigger?) flying bombs on their nuclear sites.
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Don’t be so sure of that. The loons that run that place really believe that Allah is on their side and more powerful than America and our military strength.

Feb 14, 2012 5:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Derzis wrote:

Iran doesn`t have a navy, they only have some fishing boats with AK47
the “come here and we`ll show you” it`s just propaganda for their people

Feb 14, 2012 5:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jlong213 wrote:

i am a former navy veteran to those questioning the shots of the carrier they do not use real time shots from a deployed unit this is a REASONABLE security mesure. The pentagon with good strategic reasoning misrepresents where units are actualy deployed to prevent hostil forces from intercepting. thank you for your time.

Feb 14, 2012 5:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Citizen_Joe wrote:

Ga_tor, why don’t you Google, “China launches missile off California Coast” and “China threatens World War 3″

You are typical of those who think this is just entertainment. This is deadly serious and if you think Chinese of Russian nuclear capabilities are something to laugh at then it only shows your lack of understanding and ignorance. Do you think we are immune to attack? You have no idea of how dangerous this situation really is.

Are you willing to go fight in Iran,CHina or Russia and are willing to risk the lives of your family or are you just acting tough on a comment section of an article? Like I said, put your body where your mouth is.

Feb 14, 2012 5:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse

They want another gulf of tonkin incident. They’re trying to incite another war. Wake up, people.

Feb 14, 2012 5:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
trentluv wrote:

“A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group sailed through the Strait of Hormuz”

Aircraft Carriers are not sailboats.

Feb 14, 2012 6:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Free-Speech wrote:

“If you listen to the (Iranian) rhetoric … you might think that there are some tensions,” Admiral Troy Shoemaker, commander of the carrier strike group nine, told Reuters.

Nice of you to insert (Iranian) in there for him reuters but I think he was referring to US rhetoric as well…

Feb 14, 2012 6:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Free-Speech wrote:

Seriously are we going to see a news article every time a US ship passes through this body of water??

The Iranians had only threatened a particular ship, this ship has NOT returned, end of story.

You can bet your house the Iranians are watching the US every move!

Feb 14, 2012 6:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
camosam03 wrote:

Dear Citizen_ Joe,
im curious you keep saying put your body where your mouth is. as a current member of the US Army and infantry combat veteran of Afghanistan. and someone who has been almost killed numerous times protecting the country that i love, i wonder what do you do to back up what you say? i can safely say as a person who has put his body where his mouth is and is currently preparing for war with several countries one of which is Iran. me and my fellow soldiers get so pissed of at people like you, isolationists who believe the way for the US to live is to be cowards and afraid all the time. i refuse to live on my knees i say bring it on, if they want to screw with a 3rd of the world seaborne oil trade then the US has a responsibility to react in the interest of of protecting the world economy. “I would rather die on my feet than live a lifetime on my knees.”

Feb 14, 2012 6:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
retirednavy89 wrote:

This is a complete fabricated story. Never will you see a Carrier cross the Strait. No need and no room. They might be about 100 miles out, but I don’t believe the 5th Fleet boss would allow that. Unless they dredged that gulf and got rid of all the sunken tankers, maybe but I doubt it. Oh their escorts can go in and make a showing, but why put the carrier so close to danger.

Feb 14, 2012 7:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KyotoK wrote:

With Stennis and Washington in the Pacific area, 7 carriers in/around the U.S. and just Vinson and Lincoln around the Gulf – people need to relax. There’s NO military build up (for now).
I can’t believe the amount of (arrogant) comments, over the last few weeks/months, implying that there SHOULD be a conflict.
It is just a shame that if your doomsday fears are realized, you will probably live through it and continue your hate-filled lives leaving many of your fellow man to die. Quite disheartening.

Feb 14, 2012 8:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
John_Galt wrote:

I hope you pacifists get to live in Iran someday. You CURSE the USA because you have no CLUE what evil is. You’ll know one day.

Feb 14, 2012 8:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KyotoK wrote:

With Stennis and Washington in the Pacific area, 7 carriers in/around the U.S. and just Vinson and Lincoln around the Gulf – people need to relax. There’s NO military build up (for now).
I can’t believe the amount of (arrogant) comments, over the last few weeks/months, implying that there SHOULD be a conflict.
It is just a shame that if your doomsday fears are realized, you will probably live through it and continue your hate-filled lives leaving many of your fellow man to die. Personally speaking, i think it should be the other way round.

Feb 14, 2012 8:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kenradke11 wrote:

Amen Amen I say to Iran that your time is running short and suicide missions will NOT get you to paradise. (Though shalt not kill says The God of Abraham, Israel, and many prophets. Killing yourself while takingother lives is a mortal sin and punishable by hell fire !!

Feb 14, 2012 8:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Citizen_Joe wrote:

Dear Camosam0, With do respect. I have no doubt that you are an honorable person and have good intentions as you serve in the military. I have friends serving in the middle east and I also say this to them. But that said, you are putting your life on the line for banks and corporations like Raytheon, G.E., Dyncorp, Haliburton and other companies that make trillions of dollars by sending soldiers like yourself to war. These military operations are a set-up. Can’t you see that? How many lies and how many millions must die before soldiers like yourself realize this truth. War is a racket. Nothing more. I think you understand this.

Soldiers swear an oath FIRST AND FOREMOST, to defend and uphold the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I’m afraid you do not see the domestic enemy are those who lie us into these wars.

The traitors are those we call our elected officials. It is your duty to refuse illegal orders and these undeclared wars are illegal under the Constitution and international law. Remember the Nuremberg trials? Fallowing orders is not a valid excuse to commit war crimes.

It is a failure of our representatives that are incapable of using diplomacy to achieve peace. But it’s really not a failure because they do not want peace. Because in their minds, there is no money in peace. George W. Bush once said – Sometimes money trumps peace.

For your information, I am no isolationists. I believe in trade and offering friendship and leading others to democracy and liberty through leading by example, not by taking their lives and calling it “bringing them freedom”. We are friends with China are we not? And we owe them money do we not? This is why they want this war with them. They don’t want to pay them back. This has been done over and over throughout history and yet we have not learned that the war-mongers are illigitimate and we must say no to thesir lies and their wars.

Lastly, I am more than willing to fight for this country and defend the lives of my family and friends if attacked. But their is no honor in war of aggression. Iraq did not attack us, Afghanistan did not attacks us, Pakistan did not attack and Iran has not attacked us.

Our military is being used not to protect our nation. They are used by traitors to kill in the name of corporate profit. This is the truth as I see it.

Feb 14, 2012 8:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
seniorfrog wrote:

camosam03 Thanks for you service to the country.

The Iranian Carrier Mosaddegh is in or near the Bermuda Triangle.
Hummmmm

Feb 14, 2012 8:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KyotoK wrote:

With Stennis and Washington in the Pacific area, 7 carriers in/around the U.S. and just Vinson and Lincoln around the Gulf – people need to relax. There’s NO military build up (for now).
I can’t believe the amount of (arrogant) comments, over the last few weeks/months, implying that there SHOULD be a conflict.
It is just a shame that if your doomsday fears are realized, you will probably live through it and continue your hate-filled lives leaving many of your fellow man to die. Quite disheartening.

Feb 14, 2012 9:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sgosdin wrote:

This is not news. The US Navy has pretroled these International waters for decades. The problem here is that we know there are certain segments within the religious faiths that believe the end of times is near. Some even believe they can and should have a hand in bringing it about. What is even more of a problem is we don’t know what Ali Khamenei is thinking. If you listen to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad you would think they want world destruction. They know to wipe Israel off the map they would need to declare all out war. Is it a face-off to gain more followers and control or would they take the next step if allowed?

Feb 14, 2012 9:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Tico_Joe wrote:

And the useless idiots in here still believe the fairy tale told by the criminal government that has been hijacked by banksters about 9/11…..Can you say demolition? Serving the banksters to kill innocent people when no country dare threaten the US of A…..there is no honor in that. We use to stand for something, but Americans have been dumbed down the last 60 years and now this country is about to collapse as orchestrated by the New World Order……

Feb 14, 2012 9:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse

You can thank Jimmy Carter and his pandering incompetence for the rise in radical Islam and the Iranian nuisance which continues spread murder and terror of innocents. Pascivism kills. Now we have a lying narcissist in the White House, who’s only true interests are feeding his ego through another election. We can’t afford anymore Carter’s or Obama’s anymore. Their weakness and piety invite war. History has always proven this.

Feb 14, 2012 10:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
vthokiefan wrote:

The last thing we want is more conflict over there.I think Iran is sabre rattling. I’m sure they realize that any attempt of block the straight, would give out military the green light to rain destruction on any, and all of their military capabilities. In a matter of weeks they would be militarily ruined.

Feb 14, 2012 10:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gemguy wrote:

Iran is like any bully. All talk and no action. They are big with their
smaller less strong neighbors. Let’s see what they can do to someone who will stand up to them and call their bluff. Whether it’s the US or the EU or Israel, it doesn’t matter one of of us or all of us will protect the world. Hitler tried the same BS and the world didn’t react in time and it took Millions of lives and many years to beat this SOB. Let’s hope we learned from that and step on this snakes neck and cut off it’s head before they get to far.

Feb 14, 2012 10:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
uha1 wrote:

Iran has a long history of false treats. But still, it does not worth to get into a war for Israel. This will do real damage to the US economically. But in the mean time, the US fund for israeli defense is simply redicilius that it proabably similar to funding war already (see ‘arrow’ project). billions of dollars other than the foreign aid.

Feb 14, 2012 11:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
1XslaveUSA wrote:

Why more rumors of war? The U.S. military lost the Vietnam War, was run out of Somalia, humiliated in Lebanon, driven out of Iraq and is currently being defeated in Afghanistan. Does anybody really believe that the U.S. can beat Iran if they can’t defeat the Taliban? The Bush/Cheney/Obama neo-Crusader imperialist misadventures have already bankrupted America, costing the U.S. taxpayers over $1,303,000,000,000. Thousands of U.S. military personel and hundreds of contractor have sacrificed their lives on the alter of war-profiteerism. Over 100,000 U.S. troops have been horrifically injured, some with missing limbs. Many soldiers are mentally deranged because their conscious can’t forget how they murdered, raped (often sexually assaulting female U.S. soldiers) and pillaged with seeming impunity in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now these trained killers are coming home to wreak havoc upon the unsuspecting U.S. populace. Yet, some warmongering people demand Iranian blood and clamor for war. A first strike many in the pro-Zionist media advocate. But, only a sick and demented mind would even entertain the thoughts of Zionist Israel, the illegitimate child of the U.S.A. & Britain, launching an unprovoked military attack upon Iran. The oil companies, the military-industrial complex and the pro-Zionists politicians are itching to shed more innocent Muslim blood despite the worldwide economic catastrophe that would ensue from more senseless war. Nuclear power is something that the people of Iran from all walks of life, pro-government or anti-government, support. Fossil fuels like oil and natural gas are a finite resource. The big oil companies are surely smiling at the thought of $5/gallon or more gasoline prices in the United States in the event of an Israeli (and/or U.S. & U.K.) attack on Iran. Ironically a preemptive military strike against Iran would unify the people of the country, thusly strengthening the theocratic regime that Israel & the West so loathe. Nuclear power is an inalienable right of any nation. Nuclear weapons are another matter; Iran should not develop Nuclear weapons. Weapons of Mass Destruction are ungodly and should be banned worldwide. Only a devilish people bereft of morality would ever use a W.M.D. upon humans in any circumstances.

Feb 14, 2012 11:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
1XslaveUSA wrote:

Why more rumors of war? The U.S. military lost the Vietnam War, was run out of Somalia, humiliated in Lebanon, driven out of Iraq and is currently being defeated in Afghanistan. Does anybody really believe that the U.S. can beat Iran if they can’t defeat the Taliban? The Bush/Cheney/Obama neo-Crusader imperialist misadventures have already bankrupted America, costing the U.S. taxpayers over $1,303,000,000,000. Thousands of U.S. military personel and hundreds of contractors have sacrificed their lives on the alter of war-profiteerism. Over 100,000 U.S. troops have been horrifically injured, some with missing limbs. Many soldiers are mentally deranged because their broken minds can’t forget how they murdered, raped (often sexually assaulting female U.S. soldiers) and pillaged with seeming impunity in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now these trained killers are coming home to wreak havoc upon the unsuspecting U.S. populace. Yet, some warmongering people demand Iranian blood and clamor for war. A first strike many in the pro-Zionist media advocate. But, only a sick and demented mind would even entertain the thoughts of Zionist Israel, the illegitimate child of the U.S.A. & Britain, launching an unprovoked military attack upon Iran. The oil companies, the military-industrial complex and the pro-Zionists politicians are itching to shed more innocent Muslim blood despite the worldwide economic catastrophe that would ensue from more senseless war. Nuclear power is something that the people of Iran from all walks of life, pro-government or anti-government, support. Fossil fuels like oil and natural gas are a finite resource. The big oil companies are surely smiling at the thought of $5/gallon or more gasoline prices in the United States in the event of an Israeli (and/or U.S. & U.K.) attack on Iran. Ironically a preemptive military strike against Iran would unify the people of the country, thusly strengthening the theocratic regime that Israel & the West so loathe. Nuclear power is an inalienable right of any nation. Nuclear weapons are another matter; Iran should not develop Nuclear weapons. Weapons of Mass Destruction are ungodly and should be banned worldwide. Only a devilish people bereft of morality would ever use a W.M.D. upon humans in any circumstances.

Feb 14, 2012 11:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
freecheese wrote:

As a vet, I can say — if you are a bad guy country, you do not want to see an aircraft carrier with its battle groupe off of your coast !
Typically, a battle group with submarines, frigates, cruisers and aircraft can cover an area the size of the state of Kansas — while at sea.
They are not there to smile and wave,either!

Feb 14, 2012 11:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Geosota wrote:

Aside from the “who’s good or bad and right or wrong in all this” blubber, the media implications of the Iran story are compelling. Think Gulf War I. Who was the big winner? CNN.

Until then, CNN was Ted Turner’s pet pig. It ate garbage and made crap. All of a sudden, there’s Colin Powell showing video from the nosecones of cruise missles saying, “We went in this window, halfway down the hall, took the stairs to the fifth floor and blew up a munitions depot.”

The War on Terror also brought us a new cable-news network: FoxNews. Love em or hate em, they were the only ones filming without a crippling liberal angst.

No doubt, a naval war between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf will be big TV. Will there be a breakthrough network if this, inshallah, were to transpire?

I am guessing “Yes” and that news-network will be Al Jezzera. You may say, Al Jezzera is already there. True. So were CNN and Fox before their coming-out wars. Today, though widely watched in the middle east, Al Jezzera has pathetically little distribution in the US. That would change immediately if they have the coverage that Americans want to see: video and commentary complimentary to American cultural needs. The network is actually quite ripe for this.

Feb 15, 2012 12:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
Panchogun wrote:

Should be concerned that the Odumba lovers in the Joint Cheifs of Staff have designed rules of engagement that will get our boys killed.

Feb 15, 2012 12:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
Free-Speech wrote:

freecheese;

Oh wow that is so cool!!

Can I come watch you shatter millions of peoples lives and tear the world apart, pretty please???

Feb 15, 2012 12:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
Free-Speech wrote:

This article is so idiotic it doesn’t even tell you which way the carrier was going…?

Is this a tabloid?? Can you tell us what the admiral was wearing reuters??!!!

Feb 15, 2012 12:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
WJL wrote:

Death and destruction – american might and foreign policy

Feb 15, 2012 3:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
h0peychang3y wrote:

How’s that “hope and change” coming for ya’ll? I thought that our Nobel Prize winning President would have done something different that mean ‘ol GWB… oh, yeah, the voters are suckers and the new boss is the same as the old boss.

Feb 15, 2012 4:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
RetiredChief wrote:

To all of you that are complaining about the US trying to start WW3 here is a little fact for you. Until August of 1990 the US Navy regularly patrolled just outside of the Straits of Hormuz. Since the Gulf War we have been patrolling in the Persian Gulf ensuring the shipping lanes stay open. This is another normal deployment. Iran is blustering again and will do nothing and our President will do nothing either.

Feb 15, 2012 5:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
Katabatic wrote:

Carrier crosses Hormuz amid rising Gulf tensions. And, to the left is some advert for Viagra with “Can You Spot a Fake”. Love that placement.

This headline says nothing, means nothing. Words strung together to sound like something. Happens alot. And, like most responding, I must concur. Is this really what’s going on? I have no proof. I don’t rely on any government source either. Congress, Senate, President and all the other minions.

I don’t believe anyone in Washington. Or, the Media for that matter. No reason to believe. What carrier? Where’s it going? Rising Gulf Tensions could easily be the cause of High Blood Pressure. Heck if I know. (We are given what we are given). Forget about the “article” other comments covered this well as well as bringing out important facts about our military and what has been done to our soldiers. The Zionist Agenda both in Israel and the American Zionist Movement which is extremely powerful. The billions in aid American Taxpayers give to Israel equal to $40,000 per individual.
The Taliban exists and describes what now amounts to a “syndicate” in Northern Pakistan and in many other areas as well. Admiral Mullen used Syndicate when asked about the Taliban in N. Palestine. He said.. “Well..it’s not really the Taliban..It’s a syndicate. So far,impossible to penetrate or disable. That’s right! And, like any syndicate, it’s funded by… those with certain interests. With our soldiers in the middle!
We don’t get alot of facts for many reasons. And, the words “It’s classified” are not heard much less respected.

Iran and the potential for war is real. Israel whining and the US taking over is just wrong. Yet, when the world mentions Israel, the US is mentioned right along with them.

To those constantly chest thumping about “hard earned tax dollars” and spending too much money sans acknowledging that there are people, human beings that exist. I have one thing to say. Shut Up! Just shut the heck up! As if your individual taxes even count. Besides, chances are they went to some phat poser in Washington that calls themselves a representative.
Shut up! Because, while you are knee jerking at Birth Control, or putting the smack down on people who get food stamps, Health Care Reform is being heard by the Supreme Court on March 23. It will be repealed I believed. Why? Because it was written to be repealed! The 2010 version is nothing like the original. And, when it is repealed Medicaid, VA Benefits, and maybe Medicare will go right along with it as they are all included in the bill. Then what?
Do you think you are exempt because you can afford to get care for yourselves? Or, that Medicare is guaranteed in the Paul Ryan stupid so-called budget? I would say “think again” but it is obvious that “thinking” is something you are not capable of.
The President vs. Congress vs. The Senate is a game. They are all on the same side with the same objectives. Don’t even believe otherwise.
So, unless you want to get off your asses and actually do something that stops what seems to be inevitable, like health care repeal, then shut the hell up, or, better yet, do your part to make the world a better place and die. I mean it. I swear I would like to cart the lot of you off in a transport plane and drop you over the enemy lines in Afghanistan with a message “This one’s for you!” and be done with it. Or course, they would ship your asses back because after all, no one wants you and your lousy attitudes and your big big mouths.

Feb 15, 2012 7:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
cj_james wrote:

All apart of Obama’s re-election strategy. He knows war time presidents usually get re-elected. So why not start a war?

Feb 15, 2012 8:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
rjm2238 wrote:

This is a twist, but not a new one, we have Iran threatening to halt free use of international waters to international shipping, which, by the by is an overt act of war. The United States Navy acts to keep the sea lanes open in accordance with all established rules and conventions and the typical, cowardly and un-American traitors are whining as to how the United States is starting trouble and leading us to World War III. What a crock of steaming excrement. How much are the Ayatollahs paying these people? The greedy, fanatic and warmongering Islamists who control that devilish regime are simply trying to manipulate the price of oil to their own benefit and if it costs lives, they don’t care. They know they will be unconditionally supported by the Liberal/Progressives in the US, typical Obama types, no matter what they do. These cowards are always just looking for a chance to blame the US for something, anything. If these people would have been around in Dec. 1941 their response to Pearl Harbor would no doubt have been an apology and reparations to the Imperial Japanese Navy! I am sick of these types of people as they are so predictably anti-US and pro Iranian, pro Islam, pro-violence. Rich in New Mexico.

Feb 15, 2012 8:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
Chad750 wrote:

Good hopefully we can bomb them into oblivion, get central banks set up and get them deep into debt along with the rest of us.
We are 15 trillion in debt and we want to start more wars, and lose more civil liberties.
Sounds good bring on more loss of freedom here at home and more loss of life around the world for no reason. Like Iran poses any threat to us at all.

Feb 15, 2012 9:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
rjm2238 wrote:

This is what you get when you get your energy from the Middle East, wrapped up in their dysfunctional politics. We have ample energy here, at home, natural gas, shale oil, nuclear, etc that we need not be involved over there, but, nope, the Democrats are in bed with the greens and guess who is getting screwed? The American people. Enough with these lying greens and their green dollars going to the Democrats. Drill, frack and build nuclear and to hell with all those camel jockeys, we will sell them food at $100 a bushel for corn, $5.00 a gallon for fresh water… That would be justice. Rich in New Mexico.

Feb 15, 2012 9:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
ColonelAngus1 wrote:

Theses comments are good for a laugh, but little else. So many experts, so little knowledge.

What no one is contemplating is what a nuclear Iran would mean. Stop it now, or have to deal with a nuclear Iran meddling in the Middle East? Better to take them out now, by far.

Too bad we didn’t do it in 1979, but the Iranians chickened out and released our Embassy hostages as soon as Reagan won the election against the pacifist Carter.

Feb 15, 2012 9:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
ColonelAngus1 wrote:

Katabatic- check your math. US Aid to Israel is more like $4,000. per person, not $40,000., and it is largely military equipment. A drop in the bucket compared to what we spent on our enemies, btw. Check what we spent on Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention Pakistan, which was harboring Bin Laden.

The military aid given to Israel is a bargain; they have been keeping Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan et al in check for many years.

Feb 15, 2012 10:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
DTB wrote:

One of the main reasons we’re $15 trillion in debt is because we can’t mind our own business overseas. How would we like it if another country sent its navy to patrol the Gulf of Mexico?

Feb 15, 2012 10:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
Wyrdless3 wrote:

I gotta got Iraq, they have WMDs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Invade Iraq now before it is to late. Don’t worry about the bill, money isn’t any good if the mooslim towel heads get here first and a-bomb a major city.

Invade Iraq NOW they are an imminent threat

Feb 15, 2012 10:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
mariner34 wrote:

Quick look under your beds I think I see an insurgent. Iran is not a threat to us and if they are let’s take it to congress and vote on whether or not to go to war. If we do go, let’s win and leave. No more nation building. Ron Paul 2012

Feb 15, 2012 11:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
mariner34 wrote:

Iran is not a threat to us and if they are let’s take it to congress and vote on whether or not to go to war. If we do go, let’s win and leave. No more nation building. Ron Paul 2012

Feb 15, 2012 11:18am EST  --  Report as abuse

You know, this all looks very familiar. The U.S’ favorite tactic: using a strategy of tension. Create a problem, get an anticipated reaction, then finally provide a solution that under different circumstances would be impossible. The USS Abraham Lincoln is following the USS Enterprise which is supposed to cruise through the Strait of Hurmoz in about a month. The USS Enterprise is scheduled for decommission next year. It is propelled by EIGHT nuclear reactors. If something were to happen to that carrier it wouldn’t be a waste, since it is already on the decom list, the waste and destruction would wash ashore and millions of dollars would be saved from not properly breaking down the ship, and they would have their incentive to thrust us into the next war. I am concerned. I am so fearful for the Iranian people, and with the bills they have passed here, for the Americans that stand with them.

Feb 15, 2012 6:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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