The Indian[a] ANG 122nd wing will be deployed in upcoming days to Southwest Asia, officials announced. Col. Jeffery A. Soldner, 122nd commander, did not give specific numbers, but said it is the largest single deployment for the wing since it was called to Chambley, France, in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis.(Emphasis mine.) Very interesting, particularly as it comes on the heels of this:
Where soldiers in the unit will be sent for the Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment won't be released until they have arrived, said Lt. Lauri Turpin, community manager with the 122nd.
Iran broke U.N. seals on its nuclear enrichment facility Tuesday, pledging only to conduct research, but the international nuclear watchdog said Tehran also planned small-scale enrichment of uranium — a process that can produce fuel for nuclear weapons.Now why do you suppose such a large deployment of Air National Guard, including pilots as well as support, is headed for the Middle-East? And why now? Just ask IAEA chairman Muhammad ElBaradei.
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Tehran had breached IAEA resolutions. "There was no good reason why Iran should have taken this step if its intentions are truly peaceful," Straw said.
French President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday warned Iran it would commit a serious mistake if it ignored the international community.
(Excuse me while I rant for a minute.) Let me explain something - even if Iran was not producing nukes, it would still be the next logical target in the War on Terrorism. Iran is the mother of all terrorist groups. And I don't think we would need to occupy Iran like we are Iraq. With Iraq and Afghanistan as strategic allies, and a largely pro-western younger population in Iran, all that would be necessary would be removal of the head. The USAF could take out the mullahs and their nukes in one massive airstrike. Just declare all of Iran one big "no-fly zone" until Iran's terrorist President gives himself up or is dead. That'd be a good start. If Iran were to join the rest of the civilized world and allow its people to govern themselves and the freedom to associate with the rest of the world, I wouldn't even mind them having nukes. We'd be so much safer than we are now. It is nukes in the hands of a terrorist regime, which has consistently referred to my country as "the Great Satan" for more than a quarter century now, and has spawned groups that blow people up all over the world, that is intolerable. Taking a defensive posture will not win this fight, and we cannot allow the world's leading sponsor of terrorism perpetual "deniability." Iran is the leading sponsor of terrorism, and therefore should be held responsible for terrorist acts.
Furthermore, Iran is the honor killing, rape, sharia, decapitation capital of the world. If a woman is raped in Iran, she gets stoned... do I need to explain how that works? Little boys take turns throwing rocks at a half-burried girl one at a time, aiming for the face of course, until her face falls off. When she stops screaming (which can take quite a while) a "doctor" checks her pulse at the neck to see if she's dead. If she's not then the big boys get to throw rocks. Wonderful place, Iran. You think I'm kidding? Ask any Iranian. Or Saudi for that matter. You think we should go after Saudi Arabia instead? Fine, but the thing is, their government and police are actually cooperating with us. They actually have real battles with al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, while in Iran they hide al Qaeda members and give money and explosives to suicide bombers in Basra as well as Ramallah and Beirut.