Air Force Quietly Building Iraq Presence

July 15th, 2007

B1-B (long range, supersonic) strategic bombers and F-16C fighters are being used against dusty insurgents and their assault rifles…

Incredible. Uncle $cam is going to have to borrow another couple of hundred billion dollars from the Chinese to keep this circus going.

Of course, the word Iran doesn’t appear anywhere in this story. Not once. Can you believe it? In a piece about the buildup of air power in Iraq, Iran isn’t mentioned at all. You’ve got to love the Associated Press. The left hand gets you to look at the sock puppet while the right hand tries to lobotomize you.

The deployment of B1 bombers to Iraq is an interesting and ominous development. The main purpose of that aircraft is to deliver nuclear weapons. Since the 1990s, however, the Conventional Mission Upgrade Program has attempted to retrofit, modify and upgrade the aircraft to carry out conventional (non nuclear) missions. But with all of the events converging on Iran, we must assume that the B1 bombers are on station to provide a nuclear option to the maniacs running this show. There’s probably no way to know if the nuclear payloads are already in Iraq.

Will the Iranians wait for the U.S. to attack before they begin sinking ships in the Strait of Hormuz and raining missiles down on Ras Tanura? Or will they wait until after?

The future of the planet now hinges on the outcome of a Mexican standoff.

Via: Yahoo / AP:

Away from the headlines and debate over the “surge” in U.S. ground troops, the Air Force has quietly built up its hardware inside Iraq, sharply stepped up bombing and laid a foundation for a sustained air campaign in support of American and Iraqi forces.

Squadrons of attack planes have been added to the in-country fleet. The air reconnaissance arm has almost doubled since last year. The powerful B1-B bomber has been recalled to action over Iraq.

Related: The Strait of Hormuz: It’s Not That Bad, It’s Worse

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4 Responses to “Air Force Quietly Building Iraq Presence”

  1. d Says:

  2. Rob Says:

    This is in response to the related story The Strait of Hormuz: It’s not that bad it’s worse.
    When we were first ramping up after W’s bullshit “Mission Accomplished” deal, I saw lots and lots of maps of the new bases that were being built in Iraq, and three of the major bases were H I, H II, and H III. The H stands for Haifa, and (you guessed it) these bases are along the old pipeline that went from Iraq through Jordan to the port of Haifa in the Med. Wouldn’t it just be Israels biggest wet dream if the Strait of Hormuz gets blocked and the refinery of Haifa is the only game in town? These are some of the smartest kids in the room, and only a fool would think that they don’t have this thing mapped out three ways to Sunday, aye? Anyway, I have seen precious little on the web about the bases and pipelines in Iraq recently. I hope I’m completely off base because we would definitely learn the true meaning of robber baron if Israel ever became the gatekeeper of the middle east’s oil reserves.

  3. RJ Says:

    Who better to control oil than either the U.S. or Israel?

  4. ecto Says:

    It may also be an indication that the US is getting short on planes. They are apparently out of brains. What kind of desperation would cause a country to field such an expensive weapon to essentially re-blowup piles of rubble?

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