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U.S. takes up military position against Iran





deanhills
Sounds quite ballistic and wonder whether we should be concerned? The US seems to be building up defenses in the Persian Gulf aimed at taking up a "balance of power" position against Iran in the Middle East. Countries like Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE have accepted defense systems from the United States as well as have purchased billions of dollars of military equipment over the last two years. Obama also mentioned Iran in his State of the Union Address warning them of the consequences of defying the United Nations demands to stop manufacturing nuclear fuel. There seems to have been a media campaign as well with General David Petraeus making public presentations:

Quote:
The news that the United States is deploying antimissile defenses — including a rare public discussion of them by Gen. David H. Petraeus — appears to be part of a coordinated administration strategy to increase pressure on Iran.

One senior military officer said that General Petraeus had started talking openly about the Patriot deployments about a month ago, when it became increasingly clear that international efforts toward imposing sanctions against Iran faced hurdles, and the administration’s efforts to engage Iran were being rebuffed by the Tehran government. In October, the two countries reached an agreement in principle to move a significant portion of Iran’s nuclear fuel out of the country, but Iran backed away from the deal.

In discussing the Patriots and missile-shooting ships, General Petraeus’s main message has been to reassure allies in the gulf that the United States is committed to helping defend the region, said the military officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the topic. But the general’s remarks were also a pointed reminder to the Iranians of American resolve, the officer said.

New York Times - 30-Jan-10
jwellsy
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=117545&sectionid=351020101
Quote:
'Iran will deliver telling blow to global powers on Feb. 11'
Mon, 01 Feb 2010 01:30:44 GMT

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the nation will deliver a harsh blow to the "global arrogance" on this year's anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

"The Islamic Revolution opened a window to liberty for the human race, which was trapped in the dead ends of materialism," Ahmadinejad said during a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

"If the Islamic Revolution had not occurred, liberalism and Marxism would have crushed all human dignity in their power-seeking and money-grubbing claws. Nothing would have remained of human and spiritual principles," he added.

Ahmadinejad said that in the three decades of its history, the Islamic Revolution had inspired some great developments in the world.

The Iranian president made the remarks as the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution approaches.

Iranians are expected to pour into the streets on February 11 to celebrate the occasion in public rallies across the country, as they have done annually over the past three decades.


I hope the intelligence community is concerned.
deanhills
jwellsy wrote:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=117545&sectionid=351020101
Quote:
'Iran will deliver telling blow to global powers on Feb. 11'
Mon, 01 Feb 2010 01:30:44 GMT

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the nation will deliver a harsh blow to the "global arrogance" on this year's anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

"The Islamic Revolution opened a window to liberty for the human race, which was trapped in the dead ends of materialism," Ahmadinejad said during a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

"If the Islamic Revolution had not occurred, liberalism and Marxism would have crushed all human dignity in their power-seeking and money-grubbing claws. Nothing would have remained of human and spiritual principles," he added.

Ahmadinejad said that in the three decades of its history, the Islamic Revolution had inspired some great developments in the world.

The Iranian president made the remarks as the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution approaches.

Iranians are expected to pour into the streets on February 11 to celebrate the occasion in public rallies across the country, as they have done annually over the past three decades.


I hope the intelligence community is concerned.
I guess he is using this opportunity to rally those people who have been demonstrating to a common cause for everyone, i.e. fighting against a common enemy. Nothing to unite people like a perceived threat from outside.
coolclay
Good, the best thing we can do is be prepared. Nothing like getting caught with your pants down, in the scary situation that Iran threatens someone with a nuclear threat, it's always best to be able to threaten annihilation back.
deanhills
coolclay wrote:
Good, the best thing we can do is be prepared. Nothing like getting caught with your pants down, in the scary situation that Iran threatens someone with a nuclear threat, it's always best to be able to threaten annihilation back.
Totally agreed. And being prepared first and foremost is: "Know your enemy".
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