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    UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

    Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned.

    The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, UK military help for any mission, despite some deep reservations within the coalition government.

    In anticipation of a potential attack, British military planners are examining where best to deploy Royal Navy ships and submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles over the coming months as part of what would be an air and sea campaign.

    They also believe the US would ask permission to launch attacks from Diego Garcia, the British Indian ocean territory, which the Americans have used previously for conflicts in the Middle East.

    The Guardian has spoken to a number of Whitehall and defence officials over recent weeks who said Iran was once again becoming the focus of diplomatic concern after the revolution in Libya.
    UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears | World news | The Guardian

    With Obama, the decision whether or not to strike Iran's nuclear facilities will be a political calculation. If he does, he will alienate much of his base, but if he doesn't and credible evidence that Iran is or is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power comes out before the election he might not even be able to get a job as an analyst at Fox in 2012. He will, of course, choose what is best for Obama, not what is best for America.

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    Re: UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

    Quote Originally Posted by toomuchtime_ View Post
    UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears | World news | The Guardian

    With Obama, the decision whether or not to strike Iran's nuclear facilities will be a political calculation. If he does, he will alienate much of his base, but if he doesn't and credible evidence that Iran is or is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power comes out before the election he might not even be able to get a job as an analyst at Fox in 2012. He will, of course, choose what is best for Obama, not what is best for America.

    He hasn't done anything and you're already attacking him? WTF.

    And shouldn't you be worried about the possibility that there could be another drawn out war costing billions and putting the whole region into chaos? Can America not get involved if Israel decides to go forward with this plan? What are the benefits and fallouts for America? Can Americans bear the costs again? What do you think is best for America?

    Discuss the issue, a very important one, instead of making everything into partisan crap before it even happens.
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    Re: UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

    It is the height of arrogance to suggest that WE are capable hands to hold nuclear weapons, but that others are not. Either allow them, or get rid of ALL of them, including our own.



    Flame on.
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    Re: UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

    Military planners...making plans. Ahhh, well, that's kind of what they do. It doesn't mean anything is any more likely to happen now.

    I agree with the OP that whatever Obama does will be decided with his best political interests in mind.

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    A couple of points...

    Would you rather trust a nuclear weapon in the hands of a crazy man...or a sane man.

    The genie is out of the bottle...you can't force it back in. Just as you can't "get rid of ALL of them".
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    Re: UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    It is the height of arrogance to suggest that WE are capable hands to hold nuclear weapons, but that others are not. Either allow them, or get rid of ALL of them, including our own.

    Flame on.
    We ARE getting rid of our own - it was big news the other day with the dismantlement of the largest one we had.
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    Re: UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

    Quote Originally Posted by toomuchtime_ View Post
    UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears | World news | The Guardian

    With Obama, the decision whether or not to strike Iran's nuclear facilities will be a political calculation. If he does, he will alienate much of his base, but if he doesn't and credible evidence that Iran is or is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power comes out before the election he might not even be able to get a job as an analyst at Fox in 2012. He will, of course, choose what is best for Obama, not what is best for America.
    Right.

    If a Democrat does something, it's always for political glory.

    If a Republican does the same thing, it's always for the greater good of our nation.

    Please be more partisan. I would like to see if it's possible.
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    Re: UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    It is the height of arrogance to suggest that WE are capable hands to hold nuclear weapons, but that others are not. Either allow them, or get rid of ALL of them, including our own.
    The thing is the U.S. is capable of being responsible with our nuclear weapons. The fact that World War III hasn't happened is proof of that.
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    Re: UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    It is the height of arrogance to suggest that WE are capable hands to hold nuclear weapons, but that others are not. Either allow them, or get rid of ALL of them, including our own.



    Flame on.
    It's also the height of common sense.
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    Re: UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

    Its just plans, it saves time and money to plan this stuff ahead of time in case anything goes down! British army had an occupation plan for Iraq years before the conflict started, its just the smart thing to do!

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    Re: UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    It's also the height of common sense.
    Where would the world be without Americans and our superiority complex? I mean - really!
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