Bomb Iran? “Assessing the Iranian Threat to the Strait of Hormuz”; “Big Daddy Drone” X 37B, in Orbit now with Secret new U.S. Weapon, hit any target within one hour; Oppose War Funding, Call on Monday, stop the $33 Billion more to be wasted

Anyone hear the beating of the war drums against Iran? Verbal Escalations? New, “tough” boycott strategy? What will happen if Iran is attacked? Read Catlin Talmage’s study from the Summer of 2008, lots of time to think about the implications.

“Closing Time -Assessing the Iranian Threat to the Strait of Hormuz”, by Caitlin Talmadge. Journal Article, International Security, volume 33, issue 1, pages 82-117, Summer 2008

Caitlin Talmadge is a doctoral candidate in the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This year she is also a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown. Her research focuses on military operations and strategy, defense policy, nuclear terrorism, civil-military relations, and Iran.

    This article proceeds in five parts. The first section provides background on the strait’s geography and how and why Iran might take advantage of it to conduct an integrated littoral campaign using mines, antiship cruise missiles, and land-based air defense. The next three sections analyze each of these components of a potential Iranian campaign, as well as potential U.S. responses to them. The focus is on current capabilities, although the article notes how plausible future changes would alter the analysis. The concluding section discusses the implications for U.S. policy toward Iran and U.S. force structure more generally. Read Full Report Here in pdf.

Meanwhile, world’s greatest arms dealer, the United States ($37 Billion in Arms sold last year, second place $3.7 Billion), now has launched the NEW Weapon: Launch of secret US space ship masks even more secret launch of new weapon

Big Daddy Drone: X 37B Space Plane The Orbital Test Vehicle Unmanned, can stay in Orbit 270 days

    Somewhere above earth is America’s latest spaceship, a 30ft craft so classified that the Pentagon will not divulge its mission nor how much it cost to build. The mysterious X37B, launched successfully by the US Air Force from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, using an Atlas V rocket, looks like a mini-Space Shuttle — but its mission is top secret.

    Potential Launch Atlas V Rocket and X37B Big Daddy Drone Release (conceputal)

    It is officially described as an orbital test vehicle. However, one of its potential uses appears to be to launch a surge of small satellites during periods of high international tension. This would enable America to have eyes and ears orbiting above any potential troublespot in the world….With all the focus on the launch of the secret X37B, another space launch by a Minotaur IV rocket from Vandenberg Air Force base in California received less attention.It was carrying the prototype of a new weapon that can hit any target around the world in less than an hour.

Big Daddy Drone X 37B on Atlas V Rocket (London Times Online photo)

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From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation (Click Here).

    In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. The money will be used chiefly to pay for the current military escalation and the U.S. military’s offensive in the Afghan city of Kandahar planned for this summer. This week, Senator Feingold and Representative McGovern announced they are introducing legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

    Recently, WikiLeaks made public a classified military video (right) depicting the U.S. military killing over a dozen individuals, including two Reuters employees. A second report claims that U.S. forces covered-up details surrounding the slaying of five Afghan civilians — including two pregnant women — during a night raid in February. Killing of innocents will stop only when the war stops.

    Will you write to your representatives, urging them to oppose more money for war and to support the Feingold-McGovern bill? Click here, email your Congress Member.

Please call your Congress Members and tell them to VOTE NO on the $33 Billion War funding to kill more people in Afghanistan, the phone number is (202) 224-3121


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