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Pentagon Official Warns of Israeli Attack on Iran
Senior Pentagon officials are concerned that Israel could carry out an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities before the end of the year, an action that would have enormous security and economic repercussions for the United States and the rest of the world. ...

 http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/US/story?id=5281043&page=1

US 'won't allow' Iran to shut key Gulf oil route
The commander of the US navy's Fifth Fleet warned on Monday that the United States will not allow Iran to shut the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf sea lane through which much of the world's oil is supplied.

"They will not close it... They will not be allowed to close it," Vice-Admiral Kevin J. Cosgriff told a press conference in Bahrain, where the Fifth Fleet is based. ...

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gziKuiEPYqF0T3uzxiFm5_NqqRLQ

Keep an Eye on Khuzestan
In light of Seymour Hersh's latest article, "Preparing the Battlefield," about stepped-up US involvement in Iran, here's post I wrote over 2 years ago on the topic: Keep an Eye on Khuzestan

Keep an eye on Khuzestan. That's the South-Western Iranian province, bordering Iraq and the Persian Gulf, that currently has a modest but growing independence movement. It was also the site of the recent bombings that Iran is blaming on UK influence. Within the US intelligence community, at least, it is widely believed that the best option for dealing with Iran is through fomenting internal unrest of some sort. ...

http://www.jeffvail.net/2008/06/preparing-battlefield-iran.html

Bush is trying to impose a classic colonial status on Iraq
US efforts to force Iraqis to swallow permanent vassal status and give up control of their oil echoes British imperial history
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... four of the western world's largest oil corporations are due to sign contracts for the renewed exploitation of Iraq's vast reserves. Initially, these are to be two-year deals to boost production in Iraq's largest oilfields. But not only did the four energy giants - BP, Exxon Mobil, Shell and Total - write their own contracts with the Iraqi government, an unheard-of practice: they have also reportedly secured rights of first refusal on the far more lucrative 30-year production contracts expected once a new US-sponsored oil law is passed, allowing a wholesale western takeover. ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jun/26/usforeignpolicy.usnationalsecurity

‘Oh Happy Day’
It’s getting harder and harder to remain deluded. With each day comes new facts to drag our heads out of the sand.

Two weeks ago, The Times reported that four Western oil giants were on the verge of signing no-bid contracts that would return them to Iraq, the third-most bountiful petroleum playground on the planet. The deals, expected to be finalized in the next 30 days, were the kind of news that big oil lives for.

Giddy executives singing “Oh Happy Day” could be heard in the corporate offices of Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP, which had been shut out of Iraq for three and a half decades. ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/opinion/01herbert.html?ref=opinion

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Pipeline opens new front in Afghan war
Afghanistan and three of its neighbouring countries have agreed to build a $7.6-billion (U.S.) pipeline that would deliver natural gas from Turkmenistan to energy-starved Pakistan and India - a project running right through the volatile Kandahar province - raising questions about what role Canadian Forces may play in defending the project.

To prepare for proposed construction in 2010, the Afghan government has reportedly given assurances it will clear the route of land mines, and make the path free of Taliban influence.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080619.wafghanpipeline19/BNStory/Afghanistan

C.

3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On July 02, 2008 at 4:04 PM, colonelnelson (45.36) wrote:

The commander of the US navy's Fifth Fleet warned on Monday that the United States will not allow Iran to shut the Strait of Hormuz.

How could the U.S. effectively keep Iran from skuttling a couple of ships right in the middle of the Straight?  Sinking a ship does not exactly take a clever military.

Granted, Iran is no match for U.S. firepower and that such an impediment would be temporary, but it would be long enough to send the markets reeling. And nevermind if Iran decides to try to defend the impediment by missle attack.

 

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#2) On July 02, 2008 at 4:43 PM, wcaseym (84.25) wrote:

 How could the U.S. effectively keep Iran from skuttling a couple of ships right in the middle of the Straight?

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Precisely!  One gets the impression that there are some people in Pentagon (... and White House!) who believe that either Israel or the U.S. can bomb Iran, fly home, ... and it will be "Mission Accomplished"!  Fools, ...

Anyway, ... get ready for life at $300 a barrel.  You won't be able to eat, travel or live as you do now.  The age of planty for you is over...

C.

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#3) On July 02, 2008 at 6:07 PM, zygnoda (27.20) wrote:

If they mess this up we should give them something very special.  I think a one way ticket to Iran would be fair.

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