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Updated! Breaking: Wag The Dog?: US Preparing To Strike Iran
the Astute Bloggers ^ | March 17, 2010 | Reliapundit

Posted on 03/17/2010 4:29:17 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

TIMES OF INDIA:

Stepping up its preparations for a possible strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, the United States is transporting hundreds of 387 'bunker-buster' bombs to its air base on the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, a media report claimed on Wednesday.

The US government signed a contract in January with Superior Maritime Services to transport 10 ammunition containers to Diego Garcia from Concord, California, the Sunday Herald reported.

The shipment includes 195 smart, guided Blu-110 bombs and 192 Blu-117 900kg bombs. The key Iranian nuclear facilities are underground and both these type of bombs are effective against reinforced or underground facilities.

The US and Israel have repeatedly asserted that they do not rule out a military action to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions and that they are keeping all the options on the table.

Contract details for the shipment were posted on an international tenders' website by the US navy.

"They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran," Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London, said.

UPDATE: MORE HERE:

The preparations were being made by the US military, but it would be up to President Obama to make the final decision. He may decide that it would be better for the US to act instead of Israel, Plesch argued.

“The US is not publicising the scale of these preparations to deter Iran, tending to make confrontation more likely,” he added. “The US ... is using its forces as part of an overall strategy of shaping Iran’s actions.”

(Excerpt) Read more at astuteblogger.blogspot.com ...


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; bho44; bhoiran; iraniannukes; wagthedog

1 posted on 03/17/2010 4:29:18 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wonder if anybody has told Zer0 about this.


2 posted on 03/17/2010 4:32:31 PM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Either that or the are going to bomb Israel...The way they’ve been talking about the settlements who knows...


3 posted on 03/17/2010 4:33:24 PM PDT by hstacey (An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I knew this was coming. This will come either after this passes or fails so it can be forgotten. Obama is a very dangerous man.


4 posted on 03/17/2010 4:33:35 PM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I guess this is how Ears the Joker wins over the majority of FReepers. Hey, WE’RE AT WAR! Who cares about the health care thing, right?


5 posted on 03/17/2010 4:33:57 PM PDT by MichiganConservative (A government big enough to do unto the people you don't like will get to doing unto you soon enough.)
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To: unixfox; Free ThinkerNY
I wonder if anybody has told Zer0 about this.

LOL...beat me to it.

6 posted on 03/17/2010 4:35:00 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM, where are you?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d love it, as would the rest of the us. He would completely loose the left, unless the left’s opposition to war depends totally upon which party is in the White House. Could be peace is good ONLY if the war is directed by a Rep.


7 posted on 03/17/2010 4:35:43 PM PDT by uscabjd
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Already posted.

BTW no way that list of "ammo" fits into 10 containers.

8 posted on 03/17/2010 4:36:13 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A BLU 110 is just a mark 83 1000 pounder with JDAM guidance added on
A BLU 117 is a 2000 lb smart bomb its a shock and awe.


9 posted on 03/17/2010 4:36:26 PM PDT by omega4179 (Pelosi: We Must Pass Obamacare So Artists Can Quit Their Day Jobs)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yawn. Wake me when you hear a large boom.


10 posted on 03/17/2010 4:37:17 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Dems start a war, Repubs take over by election and the Conservatives are called war mongers.
See, I know my history..
11 posted on 03/17/2010 4:37:21 PM PDT by MaxMax (Conservatism isn't a party)
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To: mad_as_he$$
BTW no way that list of "ammo" fits into 10 containers.

The containers are really big.

12 posted on 03/17/2010 4:38:49 PM PDT by xone
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To: uscabjd
.......He would completely loose the left, unless the left’s opposition to war depends totally upon which party is in the White House.......

Not so. Remember when clintoon was prez?
They backed him all the way.

13 posted on 03/17/2010 4:39:04 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: uscabjd
, unless the left’s opposition to war depends totally upon which party is in the White House.

That seems to be about 90% of them. They also only care about civil liberties when Republicans are in office..

14 posted on 03/17/2010 4:40:23 PM PDT by NeoCaveman ("workers of the world unite, it's not just a slogan anymore" SEIU's Andy Stern)
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To: xone
lol So big they cannot be loaded onto the ship!
15 posted on 03/17/2010 4:40:40 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Color me sceptical. The military would have to carry Obama out of the WH in a straitjacket before they’d be allowed to bomb the muslim mordor.


16 posted on 03/17/2010 4:41:19 PM PDT by Hardraade
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To: hstacey
Either that or the are going to bomb Israel...The way they’ve been talking about the settlements who knows...

Considering the Obastard administration's repeated attempts to isolate and polarize Israel, I think you're correct that these are supposed to be seen as to be used on Israel, not to protect Israel, presumably to attack the hardened bunkers in which Israel maintains its own nuclear arsenal, as well as the bunkers that would be used to protect Israel's leadership in the event of an attack.

Obastard probably doesn't have the cojones to actually use them against Israel (although I am sure that Rahm Emanuel does), but I am quite sure that they want to convey to Israel that they can be reached no matter what defenses they have, if they don't roll over and voluntarily walk into the gas ovens of right-of-return that the Obastard administration has prepared for Israel.


17 posted on 03/17/2010 4:41:46 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"it would be up to President Obama to make the final decision"

His history of the swiftness of his military decisions would mean, he would conclude the process in 2015

18 posted on 03/17/2010 4:42:49 PM PDT by JIM O
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I need to go out and get some more tinfoil.


19 posted on 03/17/2010 4:43:09 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Free ThinkerNY
No way, there aren't any Aspirin Factories in Iran, or was it Baby Formula?
20 posted on 03/17/2010 4:44:28 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obamunism, the fatal cure for Bush Derangement Syndrome.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

India always has a soft spot for Diego Garcia.


21 posted on 03/17/2010 4:45:34 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: mad_as_he$$

Anything can happen in the press.


22 posted on 03/17/2010 4:46:08 PM PDT by xone
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To: unixfox

Dude... need to know! Sheesh....


23 posted on 03/17/2010 4:48:22 PM PDT by Danae (Don't like our Constitution? Try living in a country with out one.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t believe a syllable of it.


24 posted on 03/17/2010 4:48:34 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bombs are too few and too small to do any real damage. Just for show and tell. Message to Bibi: see we are doing something.


25 posted on 03/17/2010 4:50:00 PM PDT by PIF
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Barry’s got the Nobel Peace Prize so even if Iran is bombed tomorrow, Barry’s hands are clean - Bush’s fault


26 posted on 03/17/2010 4:50:31 PM PDT by atc23
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To: Free ThinkerNY; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik
This stuff is for Afghanistan aka Wag-the-Stan.

Hussein loves his little Rat Boy in Tehran--they are like BFF.


27 posted on 03/17/2010 4:51:18 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: unixfox
I wonder if anybody has told Zer0 about this.

I doubt it. Wasn't he on vacation?

Anyway, he'll never sanction using these bombs to hurt his supporters.


28 posted on 03/17/2010 4:53:06 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Free ThinkerNY
is transporting hundreds of 387 'bunker-buster' bombs to its air base on the British island of Diego Garcia

Where they will then be transported into Iranian hands as a show of good will.

29 posted on 03/17/2010 4:58:01 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: uscabjd

“He would completely loose the left, unless the left’s opposition to war depends totally upon which party is in the White House.”

The left’s mantra is “No War!....Unless a democrat is president”

The left would support this. Mark my words.


30 posted on 03/17/2010 5:00:55 PM PDT by Nik Naym (My new business plan : open a chain of stores that sell hot tar, feathers, rope, and lamp posts.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Beware the Democrat President whose polls are slipping, for in his empty eyes lie lobbed cruise missiles, and distracting wars...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

31 posted on 03/17/2010 5:06:49 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

We have a good airshow at the Charleston(SC) Air Force Base every couple of years. Had one scheduled for April 17th but it was abrubtly cancelled the other day.The reason was given as the local wing will be too busy to be able to put the show on. We have a large contingent of C-17s and ship a lot of things for overseas support. Something is up I believe.


32 posted on 03/17/2010 5:15:47 PM PDT by feedback doctor (Tyrants fear freedom loving people with guns. And well they should!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Are there any aspirin factories in Iran?
33 posted on 03/17/2010 5:16:37 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: JPG
Are there any aspirin factories in Iran?

Don't know. But a powdered milk/baby formula plant might be there. Perfect for lobbing a couple of cruise missiles at.

34 posted on 03/17/2010 5:53:02 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is Superior Maritime Services ship double-hulled, safe? Looking up Superior Maritime Services provided the following...

Superior Maritime Services owns a tugboat and specializes in towing barges. Our bombs are to be on a tow-cable attached barge all the way to Diego Garcia? Look it up:

http://www.superiormaritimesvcs.com/vessalspecs.htm

Click on all their links. This appears to be a weak link in a very expensive, hush-hush, military project of immense importance. The company, formed in 1997 is owned...BY WHO?


35 posted on 03/17/2010 6:03:45 PM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan Meet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: givemELL

Just a question, who thought this up? Do the Somali pirates, ranging further all the time, have cable cutters?


36 posted on 03/17/2010 6:06:35 PM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan Meet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Maybe a string of barges? Look at the link in post number 35.


37 posted on 03/17/2010 6:16:55 PM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan Meet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

We may have plenty of bombs for another war but I worry about the shortage of lawyers on the battlefields. This could be a real problem. /s


38 posted on 03/17/2010 8:08:56 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey (The bigger the government = The smaller the people)
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To: unixfox
I wonder if anybody has told Zer0 about this.

Shhhh! Be vewy qwiet. We are hunting wabbits, heah.

39 posted on 03/17/2010 8:10:34 PM PDT by stboz
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To: PhilDragoo

40 posted on 03/17/2010 8:39:48 PM PDT by potlatch (- What a co-inky-stink!)
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