Gates: 2nd carrier in Gulf a ‘reminder’ to Iran



Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that sending a second U.S. aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf could serve as a ‘reminder’ to Iran, but he said it’s not an escalation of force. Speaking to reporters after meeting with Mexican leaders, Gates said heightening U.S. criticism of Iran and its support for terror groups is not a signal that the administration is laying the groundwork for a strike against Tehran...


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The Power of Narrative

by Arthur Silber


One last point about the attack on Iran that will very likely come before Bush leaves office, and probably sometime this summer at the latest, a point that no one discusses: in the unfolding, bloody chaos following such an attack, chaos that will extend through the fall and long after, just exactly who do you think will be most helped by the hysteria that will engulf us, fueled by the always helpful mainstream media that will faithfully regurgitate and amplify the government propaganda? McCain — or the Democratic presidential candidate, whether it be Obama or Clinton? If you think the Democrat will be helped the most, I suggest you do your best to wake up from that coma...


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Navy Adds Carrier in Gulf as "Reminder" to Iran

David Morgan, of Reuters, reports: "the US Navy has temporarily added a second aircraft carrier in the Gulf as a 'reminder' to Iran, but this was not an escalation of American forces in the region, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters during a trip to Mexico, Gates flatly denied a suggestion that the presence of two US carriers in the Gulf could be a precursor to military action against Tehran."



Presstitute and war pimp alert:

"Hostile" Iran Sparks U.S. Attack Plan

"What the Iranians are doing is killing American servicemen and -women inside Iraq," said Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.


Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Iran:

US Report: Iran World's Most Significant Terrorism Sponsor

The report identified Iran as the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism with support for hard-line Palestinian factions opposed to U.S.-led peace efforts, Lebanese Hezbollah militants, and Iraqi insurgents.


US Denies Report It Is Ramping Up Military Plans Vs Iran

"I'm not aware of any ramping up or revision of war plans for Iran," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters traveling with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates


White House downplays arrival of second U.S. aircraft carrier in Gulf

"They reinforce that the U.S. has an enduring commitment to the region and to our allies, and we continue to protect our allies and interests wherever necessary," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino during a White House briefing.


Waships 'to remind Iran of US power'

The decision to send a second US aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf should be a "reminder" to Iran of Washington's military might but was not an escalation of force in the region, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday.


Top Russian official says Iran's nuclear program is strictly peaceful

A senior Russian government official said on Wednesday after talks with the Iranian leadership that the Islamic Republic was not developing nuclear weapons.


Iran dumps U.S. dollar for oil trades

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the depreciating dollar a "worthless piece of paper" at a rare summit last year in Saudi Arabia attended by state leaders from OPEC countries.


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