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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 10:50 AM
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. . ."US “bunker-buster” bombs are being shipped from California to the British island of Diego Ga

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/world-news/final-des...


Final destination Iran?


Hundreds of powerful US “bunker-buster” bombs are being shipped from California to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for a possible attack on Iran.


The Sunday Herald can reveal that the US government signed a contract in January to transport 10 ammunition containers to the island. According to a cargo manifest from the US navy, this included 387 “Blu” bombs used for blasting hardened or underground structures.

Experts say that they are being put in place for an assault on Iran’s controversial nuclear facilities. There has long been speculation that the US military is preparing for such an attack, should diplomacy fail to persuade Iran not to make nuclear weapons.

Although Diego Garcia is part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, it is used by the US as a military base under an agreement made in 1971. The agreement led to 2,000 native islanders being forcibly evicted to the Seychelles and Mauritius.

The Sunday Herald reported in 2007 that stealth bomber hangers on the island were being equipped to take bunker-buster bombs.
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horrible, disgusting, shameful

and the cost of making those bombs is astronomical - our war barons love it
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 10:54 AM
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1. This should make the 22 voters in this poll happy
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 10:54 AM
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2. “They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran,”
“They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran,” said Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London, co-author of a recent study on US preparations for an attack on Iran. “US bombers are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets in Iran in a few hours,” he added.

The preparations were being made by the US military, but it would be up to President Obama to make the final decision. He may decide that it would be better for the US to act instead of Israel, Plesch argued.

“The US is not publicising the scale of these preparations to deter Iran, tending to make confrontation more likely,” he added. “The US ... is using its forces as part of an overall strategy of shaping Iran’s actions.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/world-news/final-des...
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:07 AM
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3. He must be kidding.
The bomb shipment was deliberately publicized to avoid confrontation. That's the stick part of "carrot and stick".
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:10 AM
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6. publicized? I only found references to the one Herald story
I would have thought it would have been in more media outlets.

If they wanted to really show the "stick" they'd be putting it on the major networks and have stock video of bunker busters in action.

I dont know if this is a prelude to war as the Herald claims, but damn, that this is (might be) happening is worrisome.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:21 AM
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11. Give some credit to American AND Iranian intelligence.
The Iranians have been on top of this since it was first "discovered" (leaked).

"That this might be happening is worrisome." That's exactly what Obama wants Ahmadinejad to think, and it's not an idle threat either.
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:30 AM
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13. It isn't more widely publicized because it isn't news
The US moves lots of munitions of many flavors around all the time.
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:08 AM
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4. 2nd "Obama is going to attack Iran" thread of the day
I'll take Paranoia for 500, Alex.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:08 AM
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5. Yawn...again with the "We're gonna invade Iran!1!!1!1"
Doesn't this ever get old?
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:37 AM
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14. War is Peace
There was a prophet from 50 - 60 years ago that prophesied that in our days the term "War is Peace" would be all too prevalent in our society.

Or is that too old for ya?
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 12:29 PM
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20. It's not too old, nor is it at all relevant
We were definitely gonna bomb Iran before the 2004 Presidential Election, and whoa nelly the bombers were in the air before the 2006 midterms, and WWIII was going to break out over Tehran right before Dubya left office (in fact, if I recall, he was going to use an attack on Iran as pretext for staying in office), and now we're all set to...wait for it...bomb Iran.

The DU loves it's drama, even though I'm pretty sure I've seen this one before.
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 12:35 PM
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21. Yep
We would never bomb, say, a city like Baghdad, the seat of civilization.
Oops, yes we did. Why? To have Peace.

Same with Iran: we may fucking bomb Iran so we can have Peace.


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You deny it is being said in DC?
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 12:41 PM
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24. This was fun
Not fun like a day at the amusement park, mind you, more like root canal fun.

At least with a root canal, the headache eventually goes away.
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 12:44 PM
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26. I know
Having to live in denial that our country has the means and the made up motive to bomb the shit out of Iran, indeed, anyplace, should give everyone a headache.

Welcome to the nightmare.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 12:54 PM
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29. I try to prioritize my bizarre list of horrible potentialities
Edited on Tue Mar-16-10 12:55 PM by MrCoffee
Bombing Iran comes in somewhere below cataclysmic meteor strike and sitting on a trans-Atlantic flight next to Paul Riser.


***Hey, I didn't edit anything. I checked the spelling of cataclysmic (nailed it, thank you). This post not edited at all, well, except for this, which is in fact edited in.***
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 01:00 PM
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30. Denial is strong, eh?
I don't get it. They have the plans, they have the bombs and they have the "War is Peace" motive.

We have bombed two countries over there, what makes you think they won't do a third? Really, give us a reason to deny what appears to be an almost certain reality. C'mon, enough with the bullshit. If you really have a damn good reason for this denial, spill the beans.
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:51 AM
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17. it's been going on for 5 years now.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:11 AM
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7. 387 "Blu" bombs?
Edited on Tue Mar-16-10 11:12 AM by MilesColtrane
The Pentagon is just shipping copies of "Gigli" on Blu-ray to the troops stationed in Europe.
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:13 AM
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8. We simply cannot violate the Geneva Conventions anymore
I will not stand by and allow the government to drop Gigli on anyone, be they terrorist or civilian
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:18 AM
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10. You sick bastard!
Gigli? The mind recoils in horror.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:17 AM
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9. This is massive rambling speculation.
Just like all the other previous claims that the US was about to bomb Iran which turned out to be false. It's not going to happen.

First off, I'm sure that the Scotland Herald is the first place to find out about secret US military shipments. Second, obviously there could be NO possible reason to ship air-dropped bombs to an Air Force base. :sarcasm:

In any event, the two bombs they list are ordinary USAF ordinance, not anything capable of penetrating the deep bunkers used for Iranian nuclear research. Therefore this entire scare is bullshit.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:25 AM
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12. more speculative news....
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:40 AM
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15. Eh?
What about that other country over there that has been for years threatening Iran? And Iran threatening right back at them?

It's a war bubble and either the air gets let out slowly or it's gonna burst.

Can you speculate what will happen if it bursts?
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Regret My New Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 12:38 PM
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22. The problem is that claims like this have been reported here about three times a year for the past
Edited on Tue Mar-16-10 12:39 PM by Regret My New Name
six years... Also, when the US was getting reading to attack Iraq & Afghanistan, it was made very clear that it was going to happen. Even in the 90's, the military actions and perpetration were always well discussed before they happened. Why would Iran be any different?
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 12:41 PM
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25. yep
It has been very clear for years and years that one day we may bomb Iran.

Very clear. Why anyone would attempt to deny that fact... I don't understand.
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Regret My New Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 12:49 PM
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27. I'm sure we'll bomb China someday too...
maybe even some aliens from some distant planet.
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 12:50 PM
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28. They have plans to do so
They have the means, all they need now is a good motive: "War is Peace"
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:50 AM
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16. Meh. DU has been saying "War with Iran soon." since 2005.
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:52 AM
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18. actually this thread is about the bombs


I'm anti bombs of any kind
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Regret My New Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 12:40 PM
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23. FUCK!
get it?
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-10 11:56 AM
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19. "Experts say"
Was one of those "experts" John Bolton?
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