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There is a lot going on in the world and from someone who’s invested countless hours in games like Risk, Shogun, Warcraft, and Civilization – it all bodes pretty disturbing. Why?

1. China is hosting the Olympics right now. It is a time for national pride and proving to the world that China is a strong power and good at what it does (despite whatever truth may be). Whatever they are, they are also very busy. It would not suit China to get involved with a conflict now. Strategically, this was the best time to start a conflict that China would openly oppose.

2. Russia’s constant advance into Georgia despite a ceasefire seems to represent two things. The first cannot be denied, Georgia is an ally of the U.S. but it is also a very strategic location. Less than 1000k from Tehran, this location is the perfect place for the Russian army to sit ready for any sort of U.S. action against Iran. Not only that, Georgia, though a tough people it seems, provide no major threat to the Russian army who possesses superior might, weapons, and determination. It is the perfect training grounds to prepare a very unseasoned Russian army. They are involved in a siege of nearly half of the area right now. If that doesn’t represent the ultimate readiness for future tougher operations, I don’t know what else would.

3. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Iran went along collecting up all of the Soviet scientists they could before they could somehow absorb into Russian society and live to cause the U.S. problems another day as the Russian Federation’s best and brightest. This means that it is likely that even if Iran does not possess nuclear technology currently, they could have any number of complex chemical weapons. Recently the Iranians have tested long range missiles, what they have claimed can reach Israel. They have also said that if the U.S. attacked they would harm U.S. interests in the area as well as close the strait of Hormuz – theoretically sending oil upwards of 500 dollars a barrel and essentially crashing the U.S. economy. (Hope you’ve all got bikes. Their prices are about to skyrocket if that happens – picture Cambodia)

4. Most disconcerting of all: The U.S. has sent a major arsenal of battleships, aircraft carriers, and destroyers to this area – that is where they are headed (why is U.S. media blocking this out?). Not only that, but British and French forces are joining them en masse. This blockade of Iranian resources (nearly a starvation tactic) that is being planned will be considered an international act of war. Questions arise: Will Russian, now in a strategic location for their in-air refueling planes, wish to instantly become involved in this conflict against the U.S.?

Lining up the tiles – it looks like this: U.S., Britain, France on one side and Iran, Russia, and China on another. While I am sure U.S. interests in the area will be of assistance, I am sure their desire to just get out of this with their country and economies still intact.

5. Israel has said that it would consider a preemptive strike on Tehran if it set them back 10 years on their nuclear ambitions.

I can really see this playing out badly for our side. I hope the masters of this plan have thought things through. If we find ourselves in this kind of war – I don’t think we are prepared to fight it. If all of those countries are involved, the battle may not stay in the middle east. I’m scared. I want my mom!

Seriously though, this is the day you should be searching for every piece of news on this you can get your hands on. I don’t mean to simplify this into some sort of game, but really, we need to start weighing the pros and cons of everyone’s actions. How does it help Russia, China, or Iran if they make a move to start a war? How does it help the U.S., Britain, or France to make the move? Britain may be a fair ally but I don’t think there is anyone on the planet for us that truly has their heart in a World War.

A few quotes that should send you running to the nearest prayer group:

The small oil-rich emirate of Kuwait – situated between Iraq, Iran and an un-enviable geographic hard place on the northern end of the Persian Gulf – has reportedly activated its “Emergency War Plan” as a massive U.S. and European armada is reported heading for the region.

– Middle East Times

The US Naval forces being assembled include the following:

Carrier Strike Group Nine
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72) nuclear powered supercarrier
with its Carrier Air Wing Two
Destroyer Squadron Nine:
USS Mobile Bay (CG53) guided missile cruiser
USS Russell (DDG59) guided missile destroyer
USS Momsen (DDG92) guided missile destroyer
USS Shoup (DDG86) guided missile destroyer
USS Ford (FFG54) guided missile frigate
USS Ingraham (FFG61) guided missile frigate
USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG60) guided missile frigate
USS Curts (FFG38) guided missile frigate
Plus one or more nuclear hunter-killer submarines

Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group
USS Peleliu (LHA-5) a Tarawa-class amphibious assault carrier
USS Pearl Harbor (LSD52) assult ship
USS Dubuque (LPD8) assult ship/landing dock
USS Cape St. George (CG71) guided missile cruiser
USS Halsey (DDG97) guided missile destroyer
USS Benfold (DDG65) guided missile destroyer

Carrier Strike Group Two
USS Theodore Roosevelt (DVN71) nuclear powered supercarrier
with its Carrier Air Wing Eight
Destroyer Squadron 22
USS Monterey (CG61) guided missile cruiser
USS Mason (DDG87) guided missile destroyer
USS Nitze (DDG94) guided missile destroyer
USS Sullivans (DDG68) guided missile destroyer

USS Springfield (SSN761) nuclear powered hunter-killer submarine

IWO ESG ~ Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group
USS Iwo Jima (LHD7) amphibious assault carrier
with its Amphibious Squadron Four
and with its 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
USS San Antonio (LPD17) assault ship
USS Velia Gulf (CG72) guided missile cruiser
USS Ramage (DDG61) guided missile destroyer
USS Carter Hall (LSD50) assault ship
USS Roosevelt (DDG80) guided missile destroyer

USS Hartfore (SSN768) nuclear powered hunter-killer submarine

Carrier Strike Group Seven
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN76) nuclear powered supercarrier
with its Carrier Air Wing 14
Destroyer Squadron 7
USS Chancellorsville (CG62) guided missile cruiser
USS Howard (DDG83) guided missile destroyer
USS Gridley (DDG101) guided missile destroyer
USS Decatur (DDG73) guided missile destroyer
USS Thach (FFG43) guided missile frigate
USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7) fast combat support ship

Also likely to join the battle armada:

UK Royal Navy HMS Ark Royal Carrier Strike Group with assorted guided missile destroyers and frigates, nuclear hunter-killer submarines and support ships

French Navy nuclear powered hunter-killer submarines (likely the Amethyste and perhaps others), plus French Naval Rafale fighter jets operating off of the USS Theodore Roosevelt as the French Carrier Charles de Gaulle is in dry dock, and assorted surface warships

Various other US Navy warships and submarines and support ships. The following USN ships took part (as the “enemy” forces) in Operation Brimstone and several may join in:

USS San Jacinto (CG56) guided missile cruiser
USS Anzio (CG68) guided missile cruiser
USS Normandy (CG60) guided missile cruiser
USS Carney (DDG64) guided missile destroyer
USS Oscar Austin (DDG79) guided missile destroyer
USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG81) guided missile destroyer
USS Carr (FFG52) guided missile frigate

The USS Iwo Jima and USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Groups have USMC Harrier jump jets and an assortment of assault and attack helicopters. The Expeditionary Strike Groups have powerful USMC Expeditionary Units with amphibious armor and ground forces trained for operating in shallow waters and in seizures of land assets, such as Qeshm Island (a 50 mile long island off of Bandar Abbas in the Gulf of Hormuz and headquarters of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps).

– After 10 Downing Street


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