Gates says 2nd carrier in Gulf is â€˜reminderâ€™ to Iran
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that sending a second U.S. aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf could serve as a â€œreminderâ€ to Iran, but he said itâ€™s not an escalation of force.
No, no, of course it isnâ€™t. We trust Gatesy completely.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with Mexican leaders, Gates said heightening U.S. criticism of Iran and its support for terror groups is not a signal that the administration is laying the groundwork for a strike against Tehran.
Just because Iâ€™m holding a gun to your head and shaking my fist in your face, why in the world would you think thatâ€™s intimidating? Iâ€™m just reminding you that you will feel intense pain and might possibly notice severe bruising. If youâ€™re at all concerned that a bullet could find a way into your skull, well, thatâ€™s just you being all paranoid and stuff.
Still, he said Iran continues to back the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Still, it would be all your fault if the gun went off. Not mine.
Gates played down the addition of a second carrier to the Gulf, saying that the number of ships there rises and falls continuously. He said he doesnâ€™t expect there to be two carriers there for a long time.
Donâ€™t think twice about the switchblade I just pulled out of my shoe. The number of weapons I bandy about rises and falls continuously, depending on my mood. I donâ€™t expect there to be a gun and a knife there for long. Just the gun. And my fists. Or maybe the knife and my fists. Decisions, decisions. Gosh, you know me, good olâ€™ trigger-happy Laffy! Expect the unexpected! Arenâ€™t I the most adorably unpredictable psycho ever?