Not a good idea to get short crude with this kind of tail risk….

Final destination Iran?

By Rob Edwards

Published on 14 Mar 2010

Hundreds of powerful US “bunker-buster” bombs are being shipped from California to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for a possible attack on Iran.

The Sunday Herald can reveal that the US government signed a contract in January to transport 10 ammunition containers to the island. According to a cargo manifest from the US navy, this included 387 “Blu” bombs used for blasting hardened or underground structures.

Experts say that they are being put in place for an assault on Iran’s controversial nuclear facilities. There has long been speculation that the US military is preparing for such an attack, should diplomacy fail to persuade Iran not to make nuclear weapons.

Although Diego Garcia is part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, it is used by the US as a military base under an agreement made in 1971. The agreement led to 2,000 native islanders being forcibly evicted to the Seychelles and Mauritius.

The Sunday Herald reported in 2007 that stealth bomber hangers on the island were being equipped to take bunker-buster bombs.

Although the story was not confirmed at the time, the new evidence suggests that it was accurate.

Contract details for the shipment to Diego Garcia were posted on an international tenders’ website by the US navy.

A shipping company based in Florida, Superior Maritime Services, will be paid $699,500 to carry many thousands of military items from Concord, California, to Diego Garcia.

Crucially, the cargo includes 195 smart, guided, Blu-110 bombs and 192 massive 2000lb Blu-117 bombs.

“They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran,” said Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London, co-author of a recent study on US preparations for an attack on Iran. “US bombers are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets in Iran in a few hours,” he added.

The preparations were being made by the US military, but it would be up to President Obama to make the final decision. He may decide that it would be better for the US to act instead of Israel, Plesch argued.

“The US is not publicising the scale of these preparations to deter Iran, tending to make confrontation more likely,” he added. “The US … is using its forces as part of an overall strategy of shaping Iran’s actions.”

According to Ian Davis, director of the new independent thinktank, Nato Watch, the shipment to Diego Garcia is a major concern. “We would urge the US to clarify its intentions for these weapons, and the Foreign Office to clarify its attitude to the use of Diego Garcia for an attack on Iran,” he said.

For Alan Mackinnon, chair of Scottish CND, the revelation was “extremely worrying”. He stated: “It is clear that the US government continues to beat the drums of war over Iran, most recently in the statements of Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

“It is depressingly similar to the rhetoric we heard prior to the war in Iraq in 2003.”

The British Ministry of Defence has said in the past that the US government would need permission to use Diego Garcia for offensive action. It has already been used for strikes against Iraq during the 1991 and 2003 Gulf wars.

About 50 British military staff are stationed on the island, with more than 3,200 US personnel. Part of the Chagos Archipelago, it lies about 1,000 miles from the southern coasts of India and Sri Lanka, well placed for missions to Iran.

The US Department of Defence did not respond to a request for a comment.

4 Responses

  1. Likely a false alarm. Those weapons only weigh 2,000 pounds and would bounce off the reinforcements over the Iranian nuclear facilities.

    The 30,000 pound bomb under development for this purpose was supposed to be ready this July but won’t be ready until the end of the year.

  2. Military Related:
    Came across this report
    here: U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Joint Operating Environment (JOE) Document. This year they have included an “Economics” section, excerpts:

    “The dollar’s “extraordinary privilege” as the primary unit of international trade allows the U.S. to borrow at relatively low rates of interest. However, the emerging scale of U.S. Government borrowing creates uncertainty about both our ability to repay the ever growing debt and the future value of the dollar. Moreover, “any sudden stop in lending…would drive the dollar down, push inflation and interest rates up, and perhaps bring on a hard landing for the United tates…”

    “if current trends continue, the U.S. will be transferring approximately seven percent of its total economic output abroad simply to service its foreign debt.”

    “Interest payments, when combined with the growth of Social Security and health care, will crowd out spending for everything else the government does, including National Defense.”

    OMG: “Habsburg Spain defaulted on its debt … its overseas empire
    collapsed. Bourbon France became so beset by debt due to … its overthrow by revolution. Interest ate up 44% of the British Government budget …..inhibiting its ability to rearm against a resurgent Germany. Unless current trends are reversed, the U.S. will face similar challenges…..going to pay interest on the money borrowed to finance our deficit spending.”

    References include: Peterson-Pew Commision, Heritage Fdn, Krugman, Niall Furguson, Whirled Bank, etc…I have to this point taken some solace in the fact that our Military had never shown any evidence of being captured by these dangerous beliefs. Resp,

  3. LOL. Bourbon France would be alive and well if only Louis XVI had been more frugal. Now the military is onto us — we are trying to use MMT in order to adopt the metric system in the good ole U.S.A.

    1. Yea! Ive also seen this “Habsburg” thing lately some other places but with the debt doomsday crowd…now it is here with the military…where the h do they come up with this stuff? Ive never heard of this “Habsburg” thing…are they still studying new mustard poultices to fight infections now that we have antibiotics? Leeches? The trebuchet instead of HELLFIRE or MLRS? This is like a bad dream some days!, Resp,

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