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Tue May 14, 2019, 08:04 PM

Global Worries Flare Over Whether US Sliding Toward Iran War

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR
58 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — International worries that the Trump administration is sliding toward war with Iran flared into the open Tuesday amid skepticism about its claims that the Islamic Republic poses a growing threat to the U.S. and its allies in the Persian Gulf and beyond .

The U.S. military rebutted doubts expressed by a British general about such a threat. President Donald Trump denied a report that the administration has updated plans to send more than 100,000 troops to counter Iran if necessary. But Trump then stirred the controversy further by saying: “Would I do that? Absolutely.”

The general’s remarks exposed international skepticism over the American military build-up in the Middle East, a legacy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq that was predicated on false intelligence. U.S. officials have to date not provided any evidence to back up claims of an increased Iranian threat even as an ally general took the extraordinary step of publicly challenging the Trump administration.

“No, there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” said Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a senior officer in the U.S.-backed coalition fighting the Islamic State group. Ghika, speaking in a video conference from coalition headquarters in Baghdad, told reporters at the Pentagon that the coalition monitors the presence of Iranian-backed forces “along with a whole range of others because that’s the environment we’re in.”

But he added, “There are a substantial number of militia groups in Iraq and Syria, and we don’t see any increased threat from any of them at this stage.”

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:14 PM

1. It could be argued that eventually we will fight a war against Iran. ...

Therefore it would be best to have that war before Iran acquires deliverable nukes.

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Response to batcat (Reply #1)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:25 PM

2. I'm not 100% certain that they don't already. What I'm reasonably certain of is they have

enough deliverable chemical/biological weapons to all but eradicate some countries within their striking range.

They've had 16 years, post iraq invasion, to prepare for your coveted war.

Be careful of what you wish for...indeed!

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #2)

Tue May 14, 2019, 09:11 PM

5. I have heard rumors Iran has a couple of nukes they acquired during the period of time when...

the old USSR was breaking up.

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Response to batcat (Reply #5)

Tue May 14, 2019, 09:14 PM

6. It is reported they worked hand and hand with NKorea developing their nukes.

Let NK do the live testing...

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #6)

Tue May 14, 2019, 11:43 PM

9. A nuclear war in the Middle East would be a real disaster. ...

Let’s hope that never happens.

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Response to batcat (Reply #9)

Wed May 15, 2019, 12:03 AM

10. The West would get along just fine without the entire region.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #10)

Wed May 15, 2019, 04:10 AM

13. Unfortunately much of the World needs oil from that region. ...

A nuclear war might interrupt that flow.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:26 PM

3. it would take what? 48 hours to defeat

their air force and navy...even their diesel subs....once that is done of what threat iran.

Iran is much like Russia, they have a lot of tanks but no way to get them anywhere, and both their navy and air force are a pathetic joke.

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Response to Nephrite (Reply #3)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:33 PM

4. Much like Russia, their chips are laid on their missile square and blowing the hell

out of everything within their range.

Sure they would be defeated at the end of the day but at what costs to our (((allies))) in the region.

How's $300bbl oil going to work out for the US economy?

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Response to Nephrite (Reply #3)

Tue May 14, 2019, 11:03 PM

7. Just like Iraq and Afghanistan

Oh wait we're still there wasting lives and money. Almost like that's the whole point. But nah, THIS time we'll be in and out with an easy victory

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Response to msv (Reply #7)

Tue May 14, 2019, 11:22 PM

8. Cake walk, remember?

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Response to msv (Reply #7)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:04 AM

12. LOL....Yeah, THIS time.

....or it could cause WW3.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 01:59 AM

11. This new flare up of tensions is also " predicated on false intelligence "

from the usual source.

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