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Pentagon encircles Iran: Victory would take 3 weeks

 
 
 
 
 
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As the US beefs up its military presence in the Persian Gulf region, Pentagon strategists estimate that they would need less than a month to defeat Iranian forces should a military conflict take place.

US Central Command (CENTCOM) believes it can destroy or significantly degrade Iran’s conventional armed forces in about three weeks using air and sea strikes, a defense source told The Washington Post.

“We plan for any eventuality we can and provide options to the president,” Army Lt. Col. T.G. Taylor, a spokesman at CENTCOM told the newspaper. “We take our guidance from the secretary of defense and from our civilian bosses in [Washington] DC. So any kind of guidance they give us, that’s what we go off of [sic].”

The American military has been building up its presence in the region amid rising tension in the area.

The US Navy currently has two aircraft carriers deployed near Iran and is upgrading mine-detection and removal capabilities.

The US Air Force recently dispatched a number of F-22 Raptor strike fighters to a base in the United Arab Emirates. The move caused backlash from Tehran, which said Wednesday it threatened regional stability.

Deploying a “floating base” in the Persian Gulf – a converted transport ship that would serve as a semi-stationary base of operations for the US military – is also on the table. USS Ponce is expected to host mine-sweeping helicopters, speed boats and probably commando teams.

The Pentagon has also intensified training of elite troops of its allies in the region. The members of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Gulf Cooperation Council commando team, who serve as instructors, may be ordered to go into the field as well, should such a need arise.

The measures are taken as contingency for possible attack by Iran on US troops or blocking of the Strait of Hormuz, the vital oil transit route, the US says.

CENTCOM says there are about 125,000 US troops in close proximity to Iran. The majority of them – 90,000 – are deployed in or around Afghanistan. Some 20,000 soldiers are ashore elsewhere in the Near East region; and a variable 15,000 to 20,000 serve on naval vessels.

Oil battlefront

The military threat is just part of the mounting pressure on Tehran. Washington says it would use force only as a measure of last resort and is instead focusing on economic pressure.

On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama signed an order giving the Treasury Department more power to impose financial sanctions against those trading with Iran.

“Treasury now has the capability to publicly identify foreign individuals and entities that have engaged in these evasive and deceptive activities, and generally bar access to the US financial and commercial systems,” the department said in a statement.

The US and the EU have issued a ban on buying Iran-produced crude in a bid to cripple the country’s export-dependent economy. Part of this effort involves sanctions against companies and institutions engaged in the oil trade with Iran financially. They are banks transferring payment for the crude or firms insuring tankers transporting Iranian oil.

The Iranian oil industry is not suffering from sanctions alone. The country’s Oil Ministry reported last week that it had finally managed to contain a cyber attack on the industry’s facilities.

“The software attack has been fully contained and controlled with the help of experts three days after it was hit,” Iran’s deputy oil minister for engineering affairs, Hamdollah Mohammadnejad, told the state-run Mehr news agency.

In 2010 a malicious computer worm called Stuxnet damaged computer software at Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities. Some computer security experts said the malware was the work of a highly-professional hacker team, which was probably provided with know-how by US or Israeli governments.

Western countries and Israel suspect Iran of trying to build a nuclear bomb and are pressuring it to stop enrichment of uranium. Tehran insists it is pursuing a civilian nuclear power program only, which it is entitled to do as a sovereign state.

The row has escalated last year after the publication of a controversial report by UN’s nuclear watchdog, which Iran’s opponents used to justify issuing more sanctions.

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  • Philippino Bob

    A war over dinosaur nukes that could be disabled with a push on a button by using scalar technology.

    If you believe this, then you also believe 9/11 was a terrorist attack.

  • jake

    Another 3 weeks campaign in plans.
    Hopefully this will never happen.
    They were supposed to be out of Iraq in 3 weeks.
    Stop the Zionists!

  • Alfred F. Jones

    Oh yes 3 weeks because it will be so easy! they said the same thing about Iraq(took 10 years) and Afghanistan(also 12 years) they really need to stop lying and being arrogant We need allies in the region not enemies look at Pakistan or Iraq they are war-torn was it worth innocent civilians lives lost forever

    Is It worth it?

  • Alvin Willingham

    IT’S A FUC_ING DISTRACTION TO KEEP OUR ATTENTION OF CRIMINAL DICTATOR OBAMA AND ZIONIST CRIME FAMILY THAT HAS HIGH JACKED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SHOULD START ARRESTING CRIMINALS LIKE ROTHSCHILD, ROCKEFELLER, JOHN McCAIN, JOHN KERRY. JOE BIDEN, AND OBAMA TO START FOR CRIMES OF TREASON. ALL OF OBAMA’S ADVISERS TOO.

    • Jerry

      You absolutely right about that base on Benjamin Freedman speeches and newspaper of the early 1900’s, an ex zionist turn christain when he became knowledgeable about the plans of what the zionist want to do. what makes me mad is these christain are brain wash by the news when these jews just don’t believe in JESUS and they will do the same thing when he comes – nailed to the cross again – stupid christains why you support jews and Israel

  • Vlad Tod

    The American goverment’s arrogance will eventually lead to America’s downfall Remember Rome? They believed they were the best that their wealth and power would last forever The Romans had control over other countries but then,their arrogance and pride led to their downfall.

    Will America follow down Rome path?

    • Alvin Willingham

      Hell we are down to having a “” DICTATOR “” steal or freedoms from us . just watch there will be more events of hate crimes between the white black, and Latinos, but they will be set up by the FBI, or CIA to keep us AMERICANS FROM UNITING TOGETHER AS ONE NATION UNDER GOD THAT WOULD STAND UP TOGETHER AND TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM THE INSANE GLOBALIST THAT WANT TO ENSLAVE US ALL UNDER THE NEW WORLD ORDER. DON’T FALL FOR THERE TRAPS LOOK WHAT THEY DID TO KEEP AMERICANS FROM UNITING IN THE 70’s. THE ELITE WERE BEHIND ALL OF THE ASSASSINATIONS AND RACE RIOTS. UNITED WE GET OUR COUNTRY BACK DIVIDED WE ARE DEAD OR LIVING AT ” CAMP FEMA “

      • Nexus789

        God is imaginary so I would not rely on help from an imaginary deity. You are on your own without the possibility of divine intervention.

    • Nexus789

      Yes and this has been going so for a couple of decades. Say goodbye to your empire.

  • o

    The u.s. can not defeaat the ones who ‘s got iran and syrias back,china and russia will bust our ass ….let thoses damm demonic blood thristy zionist pig shit eatiing bastards fight there own battle s.they stii have to pay for there sins in1948 the attack of the uss lyberty ,the murder of the thousands of people they have killed in the name of god.We all need to turn our back on isreal and let it get destroyed ,rebuilt and givin back to the palitians.
    One day these demonic zionist pices of pig shit will be responsible for killing millions of people in the name of there god….before this happens,we should let there enemys do with them as they please…eye for an eye and life for a life,this would just about wipe out the populas of isreal and make it fit for real humans to live ther once again
    Lol….defeat iran in three weeks,thats the bigest joke i’ve ever heard….hell thats like being black and having the smalist dick in the gym :)

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