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Sixth aircraft carrier now in striking distance of Iran and Syria
The USS Abraham Lincoln arrived in the Arabian Sea on the weekend, putting a sixth US aircraft carrier battle group within striking distance of Iraq and Syria, military officials said today.
Originally posted by Helig
Any other time the US sits on its hands about some terrible situation like Dafur, etc we get slapped around in the world media for not doing anything, so now theres a nut job who probably is giving serious consideration to nuking Israel and we have a shot at helping them neutralize this threat before it gets any worse and everybody thinks its a bad thing? People need to make up their mind if they want to save lives or let them die, but this pick and choose nonsense isn't doing anybody any favors.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The U.S. Navy on Tuesday began its largest demonstration of force in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by a pair of aircraft carriers and backed by warplanes flying simulated attack maneuvers off the coast of Iran.
The maneuvers bring together two strike groups of U.S. warships and more than 100 U.S. warplanes to conduct simulated air warfare in the crowded Gulf shipping lanes.
The U.S. exercises come just four days after Iran's capture of 15 British sailors and marines who Iran said had strayed into Iranian waters near the Gulf. Britain and the U.S. Navy have insisted the British sailors were operating in Iraqi waters...continues cnn.com
The F-22 has recently entered service, I believe. I think it'd be interesting to see what a squadron of those could do to the Iranian Air Force, even if they did have working F-14s and working AIM-54s. While we have the ability to completely wipe out their conventional military and installations, it stops there. We do not have anywhere near enough man power to occupy even half the country, and if we attack them, i'm sure the calls for Jihads in the Middle East will fall upon less and less deaf ears. Our troops, once inside their cities, would probably see an onslaught we have not yet seen in Iraq. The attacks in Iraq would also worsen, and who knows how Syria and Israel would react, or China/Russia should we tamper with the oil there.
Originally posted by Acid_Burn2009
So between the F-22, F-117, B-1 and B-2 if anything goes down with Iran I think they will be bombed back to the stone age. Quite a shame too, since they just emerged from the stone age, only to go back so soon.