Gas prices have gone up $.25 since we convinced Europe to stop buying Iranian oil. Predictions are that they will hit $4.00 or even $4.50 this summer and put our economic recovery down the toilet.
Here’s why — we are preparing to attack Iran:
We have convinced Europe to stop buying Iranian oil and other goods and frozen the assets of the Iranian government and their central bank. In retaliation, Iran may block the Straits of Hormuz and halt shipments of oil from the Persian Gulf. Then we will pounce on them. If Iran doesn’t retaliate, we will find some other excuse to attack.
- By March, we will have two carrier groups in the Persian Gulf—USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Enterprise, both escorted by a guided missile cruiser and two guided missile destroyers—and a third one, USS Carl Vinson station eastward of the Strait of Hormuz in the northern part of the Arabian Sea. We have 50,000 troops in the Persian Gulf region and will add another 50,000 at Camp Justice on the island of Masirah, just south of the Hormuz entry point to the Gulf of Oman and on the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean, where we have facilities for submarines, intelligence command centers, and take-off pads for stealth drones.
- On March 10, 2010, the Sunday Herald in Scotland reported that the US was transporting “195 smart, guided, Blu-110 bombs and 192 massive 2000lb Blu-117 bombs” “from California to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for a possible attack on Iran.” These are “bunkerbusters” — penetration bombs capable of destroying heavily fortified underground bunkers. (Will they work on the Iranian underground facilities? There’s only one way to find out.)
- Oh, by the way, we have 8500 nuclear warheads with missiles to deliver them anywhere. Russia has 11,000, and Israel is estimated to have between 80 and 200. Our missiles and Russia’s are both land and sea-based. Iran has missiles (just launched its third satellite into space) and no warheads yet. UK has 225, France 300, China 240, India 80-100, Pakistan 90-110 (source: Wikipedia). (Civilized nations rely on treaties and the doctrine of mutual assured destruction to protect themselves from nuclear devastation. Would they work with Israel and Iran? If Iran had nukes, would it send warheads to Israel if it knew its whole country would be wiped out in return?)
Get ready for another failure of diplomacy. And for five thousand or so U.S. troops and hundred thousand innocent civilians (collateral damage!) to die in another illegal U.S. undeclared “pre-emptive” attack on a sovereign nation. And for four or five times that many to be maimed or suffer PSTD. And for another trillion dollars to go down the drain. Meanwhile, China, which seems to be gradually eclipsing us economically, has been at peace for over half a century.
Will we ever learn to live in peace? No. We must have continuous war. If we don’t, we won’t have experienced veterans to fight a war and we will never be able to test our new weapons systems under combat conditions.
This is what Wilfred has to say about that in my Vietnam War satire Cologne No. 10 for Men, p. 165:
“Robbie! I figured it out,” Wilfred cried. The sun was flooding the plain, and Reckert had toothbrush in foaming mouth and canteen cup in hand.
“Bwoo?” Reckert asked, lips closed to hold in the froth.
“I couldn’t sleep last night, and I lay awake and figured out why we have to have a war every ten or twenty years.”
Reckert spat onto the ground. “Why?”
“Two reasons. First, so we don’t have to fight a war without veterans. Can you imagine fighting without veterans?” He held an imaginary microphone to his mouth. “‘This is Daniel Dud at the Pentagon. I’m talking to General Malaise. Sir, can you beat the Russians?’ ‘Gee, ah don’t know. Ah’ve never fought anyone before, and neither has anyone else in the armed forces. We haven’t had a war in fifty years, you know.’”
“‘Don’t you think that’s a little…dicey?’”
“‘Oh, ah don’t know. Ah’m sure we can beat ‘em at war games and maneuvers. Ah always beats the Red Team at them.’”
“‘Good, sir. We’ll all sleep better knowing that.’”
“I get it. We have to fight a war every ten years or we won’t know if our personnel are good enough to win. What’s the other reason?”
“Back to Daniel Dud. ‘I’m talking with Howard Lose, CEO of General Munitions and Armaments Corpse. Mr. Lose, sir. Can your new F3001 fighter beat the Ruskies’ new MIG 2973?’ ”
“‘I’ve got to hand it to you, Dud. You really know how to ask the hard ones. The truth is, I don’t know. They’ve never been in a dogfight before. All I can say is that the F3001 exceeds all possible specifications. It’s even blown away our new MEF2538, the most advanced mock enemy fighter we’ve ever developed.’ ‘Thank you, sir. That’s comforting. This is Daniel Dud, returning you now to ABM Central.’”
“So the only foolproof way we can test our weapons systems is to use them in a real war. Everything else is conjecture.”
“That’s it, Robbie. For reasons of personnel and ordnance, war is essential to our national security. The only way we can be sure we can keep the peace is to remain at war.”
“A sobering thought, Will. But we need a better war than this one if its going to do the job. We can’t test nukes or gas or chemicals or missiles or anything good in this dumb war.”
“We need to attack Russia real bad, Robbie.”
“You bet. And here I thought we had wars to win Presidential re-election campaigns.”
“To have streams we can’t change horses in the middle of?”
1) “US Navy to Deploy Third Carrier Group to Persian Gulf” http://navaltoday.com/2012/01/30/us-navy-to-deploy-third-carrier-group-to-persian-gulf/,
2) “Massive US Military Buildup on Two Strategic Islands: Socotra and Masirah” http://www.pacificrimcoins.com/pacrim/content/debka-massive-us-military-buildup-two-strategic-islands-socotra-and-masirah
3) “Is US preparing to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities?” http://www.debka.com/article/2168,1, and http://news.in.msn.com/international/article.aspx?cp-documentid=3716622
4) EU Iran sanctions: Ministers adopt Iran oil imports ban http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16674660 5) “Obama Freezes Iranian Government, Central Bank Assets” http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-07/obama-freezes-iranian-government-central-bank-assets.html