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Armada of British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike
The Telegraph ^ | 15 Sep 2012 | Sean Rayment

Posted on 09/15/2012 5:26:47 PM PDT by mandaladon

An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s covert nuclear weapons programme. 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.

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea.

A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.

The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world’s most congested international waterways. It is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point and is bordered by the Iranian coast to the north and the United Arab Emirates to the south.

In preparation for any pre-emptive or retaliatory action by Iran, warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will today begin an annual 12-day exercise.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; israel; straitofhormuz; unitedkingdom; waronterror
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Could it be???
1 posted on 09/15/2012 5:26:56 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
Many within the Obama administration believe that Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities before the US presidential elections, an act which would signal the failure of one of Washington’s key foreign policy objectives. .........................Obama will betray Israel if it happens.
2 posted on 09/15/2012 5:29:04 PM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: mandaladon

The UK hasn’t totally gotten rid of their navy yet?


3 posted on 09/15/2012 5:29:32 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Nachum; txhurl; nuconvert; Jet Jaguar

Ping, folks.


4 posted on 09/15/2012 5:30:04 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: mandaladon

I’d say the ships are there to stop an Isreali attack.


5 posted on 09/15/2012 5:31:18 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: mandaladon

So get Harry out of there.


6 posted on 09/15/2012 5:31:25 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: mandaladon

Obama is there to stop them mining the strait. Nothing more. He won’t help Israel unless it gives him some advantage in the election.


7 posted on 09/15/2012 5:31:53 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: mandaladon

Are they there to limit Iran’s reaction, or stop Israel’s attack?


8 posted on 09/15/2012 5:32:20 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: mandaladon

Obama will betray Israel if it happens.
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They denied God three times, betraying Israel will be cake for Obama an the Iranian Jarrett.


9 posted on 09/15/2012 5:32:25 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: mandaladon

I doubt that Obama would let his soul brother be blockaded. If this is happening, it’s England and not us.


10 posted on 09/15/2012 5:32:45 PM PDT by livius
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To: mandaladon

Both ANWR and the Keystone Pipeline would be operational by now, but for Democrats.


11 posted on 09/15/2012 5:33:17 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: mandaladon
Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations...

They buried the lead. Someone still has battleships?

12 posted on 09/15/2012 5:33:37 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Principles aren't worth a bucket of warm spit. I'm voting Romney. God help me.)
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To: mandaladon
A betrayal of Israel would be Right in line with the O’Bumblers' epic fail on all things.
13 posted on 09/15/2012 5:33:57 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: mandaladon

Waltzing Matilda ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VktJNNKm3B0&feature=related


14 posted on 09/15/2012 5:34:17 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: mandaladon

What happens to those ships if Israel’s attack is with an EMP?


15 posted on 09/15/2012 5:34:17 PM PDT by Cherokee Conservative (If a tree falls over in the woods, and then snaps back upright as a joke, do the squirrels laugh?)
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To: mandaladon

Battleships??
Whose?

Another poorly researched example of the journalistic art.


16 posted on 09/15/2012 5:35:15 PM PDT by Reily (l)
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To: Cherokee Conservative
What happens to those ships if Israel’s attack is with an EMP?

We'll see--the ships have incredible electromagnetic hardening. Part of it is necessary to deal with fleet radar.

17 posted on 09/15/2012 5:38:07 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: mandaladon
Or perhaps it has something to do with the last line.

.... will today begin an annual 12-day exercise.

18 posted on 09/15/2012 5:40:40 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: Reily

Maybe they will tow the Missouri to the Strait


19 posted on 09/15/2012 5:40:45 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: mandaladon

Who still has active “battleships”?
I don’t think England still has its last aircraft carrier. Thought it was rented out to India or Upper Slobovia.
I do appreciate Luxembourg’s reconnaissance yacht from their America’s Cup yacht club.

Also appreciate Bahrain’s rubber ducky. Good for morale (if your name is “Bert or Ernie”).

Time to nuke Iran and get it over with. Good targets - Natanz nuclear facility and all others known or suspected sites.
The holy city of Qom, the site of the Mad Mullahs and their psychopath plans for world dominance.

Republican Guard headquarters in downtown Teheran. Remember the films of our cruise missiles turning corners in downtown Baghdad to get Saddam’s C3 buildings? “Knock, knock”. Who’s there? Land shark”. Kaboom

Iranian mosquito fleet navy. One nuke or a couple daisy cutters and they are fish food.

Iran’s missile forces. One nuke exploded over the area will generate an EMP that will put them out of action. Whatever they shoot up will come right back down on them and go BOOM!

“I love the glow of plutonium in the morning”.

Shit, we don’t have any napalm any more so the best we can do for “crispy critter time” is a nuke or two.

If Achmedgenocide and his little Hitlers want to play war, then they must play by our rules - “Kill all the bastards and let God (or Satan) sort them out.”

I’m tired of our gutless President, JCS, and the military advisors who are politically correct aholes more interested in putting women on submarines than destroying our enemies.

Time to take off the velvet gloves and put on some real steel gaunlets with spikes.


20 posted on 09/15/2012 5:43:25 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: mandaladon

Who still has active “battleships”?
I don’t think England still has its last aircraft carrier. Thought it was rented out to India or Upper Slobovia.
I do appreciate Luxembourg’s reconnaissance yacht from their America’s Cup yacht club.

Also appreciate Bahrain’s rubber ducky. Good for morale (if your name is “Bert or Ernie”).

Time to nuke Iran and get it over with. Good targets - Natanz nuclear facility and all others known or suspected sites.
The holy city of Qom, the site of the Mad Mullahs and their psychopath plans for world dominance.

Republican Guard headquarters in downtown Teheran. Remember the films of our cruise missiles turning corners in downtown Baghdad to get Saddam’s C3 buildings? “Knock, knock”. Who’s there? Land shark”. Kaboom

Iranian mosquito fleet navy. One nuke or a couple daisy cutters and they are fish food.

Iran’s missile forces. One nuke exploded over the area will generate an EMP that will put them out of action. Whatever they shoot up will come right back down on them and go BOOM!

“I love the glow of plutonium in the morning”.

Shit, we don’t have any napalm any more so the best we can do for “crispy critter time” is a nuke or two.

If Achmedgenocide and his little Hitlers want to play war, then they must play by our rules - “Kill all the bastards and let God (or Satan) sort them out.”

I’m tired of our gutless President, JCS, and the military advisors who are politically correct aholes more interested in putting women on submarines than destroying our enemies.

Time to take off the velvet gloves and put on some real steel gaunlets with spikes.


21 posted on 09/15/2012 5:44:16 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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Heart ... Straight On ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeEA9yuZ2G8&feature=related
22 posted on 09/15/2012 5:45:38 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: no-to-illegals; All
Now THIS is Waltzing Matilda, not that sad bloody thing you seem to be mistaken about ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQBlnwrffAg&feature=related /
23 posted on 09/15/2012 5:45:38 PM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in America's panties, 0bama is the yellow stain in front!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Very nicely done Mr. MM

can’t find a single word out of place.


24 posted on 09/15/2012 5:46:06 PM PDT by onona (This space for rent....cheep)
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To: no-to-illegals

Winnie never cared much for the ANZACS anyway—even less for the Irish.


25 posted on 09/15/2012 5:48:24 PM PDT by Happy Rain (Mitt four then Sarah eight.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Iran should be a little more nervous— we’ve been given a big excuse to pull out our personnel from the region and tell Americans to get clear.


26 posted on 09/15/2012 5:50:33 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: mandaladon

Whoever wrote this wouldn’t know a Battleship from crabbing skiff.

There are no more Battleships, except those on display as museum pieces at various places in the world.


27 posted on 09/15/2012 5:50:50 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: mandaladon

The Brits actually have a pretty good heritage when it comes to some things.

they fought hitler to a standoff waiting for the US to arise.

Great leader, Churchill was.

they have their problems with islam. they are more vulnerable than we are.

their news media is much superior than ours. shucks, i trust the UK newsmedia a hundred times more than our msm.

our msm is nothing but liars, fascists/communists and whores.

blessings, bobo


28 posted on 09/15/2012 5:50:50 PM PDT by bobo1
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To: Venturer
Whoever wrote this wouldn’t know a Battleship from crabbing skiff.

Maybe their last job was picking out images for the Democrat National Convention backdrops.

29 posted on 09/15/2012 5:53:05 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Venturer
Whoever wrote this wouldn’t know a Battleship from crabbing skiff.

Maybe their last job was picking out images for the Democrat National Convention backdrops.

30 posted on 09/15/2012 5:53:48 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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Kansas ... Point of Know Return ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60A1yKc2hi4


31 posted on 09/15/2012 5:55:00 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: mandaladon

Did someone tell the Telegraph that no Navy has had a battleship since we retired the last “Iowa class” vessels (for the final time) a few years ago? Cruisers, destroyers and frigates in the Gulf (along with aircraft carriers, subs, amphibious assault ships and support vessels), but no battleships.


32 posted on 09/15/2012 5:55:07 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Well Said! and I agree.


33 posted on 09/15/2012 5:55:19 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Don’t forget to add Tabriz to the target list, the Assahollah Khomeini’s home town deserves nothing less.

GREAT concepts Max, I heartily endorse them!


34 posted on 09/15/2012 5:55:48 PM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in America's panties, 0bama is the yellow stain in front!)
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To: driftdiver

That’s what I think, too.


35 posted on 09/15/2012 5:58:27 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Carry_Okie
Both ANWR and the Keystone Pipeline would be operational by now, but for Democrats.

Indeed. It should also be mentioned that the idiot mccain was dead set against drilling in ANWR.

mccain was rabid against any move to drill in ANWR. Another RINO that betrays our Constitution.

Thanks a lot to the fools who voted for the disgusting old fool named mccain.

36 posted on 09/15/2012 6:00:52 PM PDT by sand88
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Bad Company ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww5GXbk58R0


37 posted on 09/15/2012 6:02:21 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: bobo1

Hate to tell you this, but the BBC are just as bad. Who do you think covered for the “multicultural revolution” and the selling off of the Brits’ national sovereignty. The BBC also have a habit of covering for Muslims by calling them “Asians”, and they often try to make the Palestinians look like victims.

Remember, if the state has a hand in a media organization, that media organization will be influenced by the government. I will give them credit for taking Obozo into the alley and beating him up over this foreign policy crisis however.


38 posted on 09/15/2012 6:03:26 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: LaybackLenny

“Someone still has battleships? “

Guess so, makes sense in the Straits. A more appropriate response to prevent a nuke strike on Israel would be a few B1-B or B-2 Aircraft with the appropriate payload.


39 posted on 09/15/2012 6:03:26 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Reily

I caught that too. I wish we still had battleships. The Iowa class was way cool.


40 posted on 09/15/2012 6:08:36 PM PDT by p. henry
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To: LaybackLenny

Operational battleships would be newsworthy.


41 posted on 09/15/2012 6:09:19 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: mandaladon

Did anyone read the whole article? If true there is breaking news here. It says way down the article..

“The main naval exercise comes as President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, today to discuss the Iranian crisis.”

This is The Telgraph which I assume at the time posted at the link is for tomorrows edition.

Are Barry and Benji meeting tomorrow and we don’t know about it?


42 posted on 09/15/2012 6:11:04 PM PDT by chuck allen
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks mandaladon.
Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane... A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.

43 posted on 09/15/2012 6:11:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Viennacon

Really, Ok

I just think that they have a more enlightened view on what we do in
America, so they don’t pull punches when it concerns us.

I might be wrong, and i do know that their policies at home are rather stupid.

they just give me a viewpoint on american politics, as they don’t have to kiss up to obama

thanks for the input!

Blessings, bobo


44 posted on 09/15/2012 6:11:24 PM PDT by bobo1
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To: Happy Rain

I didn’t realize until I read a history of Ireland prior to visiting there just how truly beastly the English have been to the Irish, most of all Lizzie the First and Cromwell. Sort of puts the Troubles into perspective.


45 posted on 09/15/2012 6:11:53 PM PDT by p. henry
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Bad Moon Rising ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-DkyMXTo5Q&feature=related


46 posted on 09/15/2012 6:12:52 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Army Air Corps

” annual 12-day exercise”


47 posted on 09/15/2012 6:13:10 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: p. henry
One of those should parked off Benghazi actively doing urban renewal with 16 inch & 5 inch shell fire.
48 posted on 09/15/2012 6:15:55 PM PDT by Reily (l)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

You are correct, but the Pustule on the Potomac has no one fit for such actions. Not any in authority, anyway.


49 posted on 09/15/2012 6:16:05 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Where would Christianity be if the early believers put their hopes and trust in the Roman empire?)
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To: Reily

They saw Battleships in a movie so it must be true.


50 posted on 09/15/2012 6:16:42 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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