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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-27-12 09:37 PM
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Report: Pentagon plans floating military base in Mideast
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January 27, 2012 6:56 PM

Report: Pentagon plans floating military base in Mideast

As tensions rise between the U.S. and Iran over its nuclear ambitions, the Pentagon is preparing to bring a decommissioned assault ship back into duty for possible deployment to the Mideast

The plan, first reported in the Washington Post, would create a floating base for commando teams who might deployed against Somali pirates, and other threats. The action is also a possible counter move for Iran's continued threats to shut down a key oil pipeline, the Strait of Hormuz.

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The move comes on the same week after a Navy SEAL operation that freed two Western hostages in Somalia. Analysts say such covert operations are representative of the Obama administration's pledge to build a smaller, more agile military force that can carry out surgical counterterrorist strikes to cripple an enemy.

That's a strategy much preferred to the land invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan that have cost so much American blood and treasure over the past decade. The contrast to a full-bore invasion is stark: A small, daring team storms a pirate encampment on a near-moonless night, kills nine kidnappers and whisks the hostages to safety.



Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-57367813-503543/...



Lots of good info at the link.
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TheDebbieDee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-12 09:56 AM
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1. Giminy Christmas! What a brilliant idea!
We have the technology to make huge connecting pontoons. We could potentially build a floating military base that is several square miles in surface area. We have the submarines, aircraft and naval vessels to protect and defend this floating base.........

And our government would no longer have to get into bed with another foreign government just to be able to set-up military ops in an international hot-spot!

Somebody at the Pentagon was thinking way outside the box on this one.......it's genius!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-12 01:21 PM
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2. Sure. What could possibly be wrong about it?
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Ash_F Donating Member (105 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-12 09:13 AM
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3. Our country is now literally making Death Stars!
YYYYAAAAAAAYYY!
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-12 02:58 PM
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4.  Another scam by the MIC
Are we as a nation insane,we are in red ink up to our eyeballs and we want to spend more money on military junk.?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 01:29 AM
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5. Apparently, military trumps medical. And everything else.
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