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Sure not the news I want to hear, yet I as well as others know we have plans for about everything.
And when in times past knowing this could have been avoided (possibly) this just makes me that much more upset.

1. because I am sure Russia and or China signed treaties to protect each other, the most likely reason Russia is against weapons to shoot down missiles in some locations in Europe.

2. no matter the out come any attack the M.E. might erupt.

Yet I know we and others have to stop Iran from going nuclear.. What a mess to deal with.

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.US admiral says forces prepared to confront Iran

By ADAM SCHRECK | Associated Press 12 mins ago. 12 Feb. 2012

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) The top U.S. Navy official in the Gulf said Sunday he takes Iran's military capabilities seriously but insists his forces are prepared to confront any Iranian aggression in the region.

Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of the 5th Fleet, told reporters at the naval force's Bahrain headquarters that the Navy has "built a wide range of potential options to give the president" and is "ready today" to confront any hostile action by Tehran.

He did not outline specifically how the Navy might answer an Iranian strike or an effort to shut the entrance to the Persian Gulf, though any response would likely involve the two U.S. aircraft carriers and other warships cruising the waters off Iran.

"We've developed very precise and lethal weapons that are very effective, and we're prepared," Fox said. "We're just ready for any contingency."

Faced with tightening Western sanctions, Iranian officials have stepped up threats to close the Strait of Hormuz if the country's oil exports are blocked. A fifth of the world's oil supply passes through the narrow waterway, which is only about 30 miles (50 kilometers) across at its narrowest point.

Iran and Oman share control of the waterway, but it is considered an international strait, meaning free transit passage is guaranteed under international law.

Iran's army chief, Gen. Ataollah Salehi, early last month warned an American warship not to return to the Gulf shortly after the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and another vessel left. Another carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, entered the Gulf without incident on Jan. 22.

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I suppose we can't stop what has been foretold. But that is another matter altogether.
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