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Thursday, May 24, 2007

The following article inspired this picture...
Ships packed with 17,000 sailors and Marines moved into the Persian Gulf on Wednesday as the U.S. Navy staged another show of force off Iran's coast just days before U.S.-Iran talks in Baghdad.
The carrier strike groups led by the USS John C. Stennis and USS Nimitz were joined by the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard and its own strike group, which includes two landing ships carrying 2,100 members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Aircraft aboard the two carriers and the Bonhomme Richard were to conduct air training while the ships ran submarine, mine and other exercises.
The war games -- which culminate in an amphibious landing exercise in Kuwait, just a few miles from Iran -- appear to be a clear warning to Tehran, coming just ahead of the Baghdad talks and as the United Nations contemplates tightening sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
And then we learn that President Bush has authorized the CIA to destabilize the Iranian government. Will we never learn? I remind you that it was the same CIA, in 1953, that worked to overthrow Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in what is known as Operation Ajax. After the Shah of Iran was brought back into Iran from exile in Rome, he installed General Fazlollah Zahedi to replace Mossadegh... which eventually lead to the Iranian Revolution and our hostages being taken at the U.S. embassy in 1979.
"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none."
~ Thomas Jefferson
Truer words were never spoken!


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