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    US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

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    Chris McGreal in Washington guardian.co.uk,
    Sunday 31 January 2010 19.07 GMT

    Tension between the US and Iran heightened dramatically today with the disclosure that Barack Obama is deploying a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf from attack by Tehran.
    The US is dispatching Patriot defensive missiles to four countries Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait and keeping two ships in the Gulf capable of shooting down Iranian missiles. Washington is also helping Saudi Arabia develop a force to protect its oil installations.
    American officials said the move is aimed at deterring an attack by Iran and reassuring Gulf states fearful that Tehran might react to sanctions by striking at US allies in the region. Washington is also seeking to discourage Israel from a strike against Iran by demonstrating that the US is prepared to contain any threat.
    The deployment comes after Obama's attempts to emphasise diplomacy over confrontation in dealing with Iran a contrast to the Bush administration's approach have failed to persuade Tehran to open its nuclear installations to international controls. The White House is now trying to engineer agreement for sanctions focused on Iran's Revolutionary Guard, believed to be in charge of the atomic programme.
    Washington has not formally announced the deployment of the Patriots and other anti-missile systems, but by leaking it to American newspapers the administration is evidently seeking to alert Tehran to a hardening of its position.
    The administration is deploying two Patriot batteries, capable of shooting down incoming missiles, in each of the four Gulf countries. Kuwait already has an older version of the missile, deployed after Iraq's invasion. Saudi Arabia has long had the missiles, as has Israel.
    Could Obama be giving the Iranians the same double talk he gives us.
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    Re: US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

    Lets hope, Obama does the right thing and puts our foot to their throat.


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    Re: US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

    Sadly it's way too early in the game to believe Obama is doing anything more than bluster.

    So far he has shown zero back bone and no indication that he or anyone else in his administration knows what the hell they are doing.

    I only hope the Pentagon has a plan in place to decimate Iran's Revolutionary Guard with real shock and awe that takes only a few minutes to accomplish and takes out the leadership of the Islamic Cult at the same time.

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    Re: US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    Lets hope, Obama does the right thing and puts our foot to their throat.
    And let's hope all of those in favor of more military action are willing to write personal checks to pay for it. Cuz my bank account has grown weary of funding these little "adventures".
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    Re: US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

    So much for Obama talking to Iran

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    Re: US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    So much for Obama talking to Iran
    It's time for the idiots that run Iran to get their sorry terrorist asses kicked anyway.

    They got plenty of time to respond and stop building nukes. Now the gloves come off.

    Aminiajihad and his masters are out of time now.

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    Re: US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    Could Obama be giving the Iranians the same double talk he gives us.
    One could only hope.

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    Re: US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Winnb View Post
    And let's hope all of those in favor of more military action are willing to write personal checks to pay for it. Cuz my bank account has grown weary of funding these little "adventures".
    Or better yet getting out of their comfy chair and enlisting. But no worries if we truly did go to war with Iran we'd have to resume the draft and it would be time for all the chicken hawks do put their words into actions. I'd happily reenlist and be their drill sgt.
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    Re: US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    It's time for the idiots that run Iran to get their sorry terrorist asses kicked anyway.

    They got plenty of time to respond and stop building nukes. Now the gloves come off.

    Aminiajihad and his masters are out of time now.
    Obama is the one who claimed negotiations was needed

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    Re: US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    It's time for the idiots that run Iran to get their sorry terrorist asses kicked anyway.

    They got plenty of time to respond and stop building nukes. Now the gloves come off.

    Aminiajihad and his masters are out of time now.
    Hold on there Hoss, Obama has pushed the button yet.
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