Dave Kaiser AHN
Two additional U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are on their way to the Gulf and the Red Sea, according to Kuwait Times. Kuwait began finalizing its “emergency war plan” on being told the vessels were bound for the region.
The U.S. Navy will neither confirm nor deny that carriers are currently en route. U.S. Fifth Fleet Combined Maritime Command located in Bahrain said it could not comment because of what a spokesman termed “force-protection policy.”
While the Kuwaiti daily did not name the ships it believes are heading for the Middle East, The Media Line’s (TML) defense analyst said they could be the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Ronald Reagan.
Within the last month, the Roosevelt completed an exercise along the U.S. east coast focusing on communication among navies of different countries. Since then, it has since been declared ready for operational duties.
The Reagan, currently with the Seventh Fleet, has just set sail from Japan.
The Seventh Fleet area of operation stretches from the East Coast of Africa to the International Date Line.
Meanwhile, the Arabic news agency Moheet reported at the end of July that an unnamed American destroyer, accompanied by two Israeli naval vessels traveled through the Suez Canal from the Mediterranean. A week earlier, a U.S. nuclear submarine accompanied by a destroyer and a supply ship moved into the Mediterranean, according to Moheet.
At present, two U.S. naval battle groups operate in the Gulf: one is an aircraft carrier group, led by the USS Abraham Lincoln, which carries some 65-fighter aircraft. The other group, headed by the USS Peleliu, maintains a variety of planes and strike helicopters.
The ship movements coincide with the latest downturn in relations between Washington and Tehran. The U.S. and Iran are at odds over Iran’s nuclear program, which the Bush administration claims is aimed at producing material for nuclear weapons; however, Tehran argues it is only for power generation.
Kuwait, like other Arab countries in the Gulf, fears it will be caught in the middle should the U.S. decide to launch an air strike against Iran if negotiations fail. The Kuwaitis are finalizing details of their security, humanitarian and vital services, the newspaper reported.
The six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council – Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Oman – lie just across the Gulf from Iran. Generals in the Iranian military have repeatedly warned it will target American interests in the region if the U.S. or its Western allies launch a military strike.
Bahrain hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, while there is a sizeable American base in Qatar. It is assumed the U.S. also has military personnel in the other Gulf states, TML’s defense analyst said.
Iran is thought to have intelligence operatives working in the GCC states, according to Dubai-based military analysts.
The standoff between the U.S. and Iran has left the Arab nations’ political leaders in something of a bind. The TML analyst said Washington and Tehran are using Arab nations as pawns.
Iran is offering them economic and industrial sweeteners, while the U.S. is boosting their defense capabilities. Presidents George W. Bush and Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad have paid visits to the GCC states in a bid to win their support.
Saker, I came across this blog at the moon of alabama comments section. http://europebusines.blogspot.com/
It seems to have some details about the U.S. build up and possible blockade action and suggests the Georgia war was meant as a diversion.
OTH, this blog seems to srgue against it. http://informationdissemination.blogspot.com/
scroll down to “5th fleet attack with fear”
It seems any attack will wait until after the Olympics and preferably after hurricane season is over. The fall in oil prices may have encouraged the war camp.
Still, I think cooler heads will prevail. Gates and Admiral Mullens seem dead set against. OTH, if we see oil will under a hundred, they may be talked into it.
I would also add that the second blog had an interesting comment on the Georgia war;
“With the distraction of the Olympics, Georgia has apparently attempted to crack down on separatists in South Ossetia. Like all grand plans for war, the plan has not gone as expected. The swift Russian reaction by both air and ground implies surprise has not been achieved, if anything one might observe that Russian intelligence programs in Georgia is very healthy, and Russia is who achieved surprise.”
I saw this item on Jpost the other day. BTW, thanks for your Georgia updates!!
Leaves one wondering whether there is a connection between the fighting in So Ossetia and the war that seems imminent in the Gulf.
No surprise to anyone but the Washington Post is saying that “Russia must be stopped.”
@Lysander: thanks for the *excellent* info! http://informationdissemination.blogspot.com/ is particularly good. Thanks!
@anonymous: looks like the two aircraft carriers move is for real. Shit, shit, shit, this does not look good at all!
@qwerty: and so what do the Neocons at the WP suggest?!?!? They say that the UN cannot act, which is true, but that the West must do something. Like what? Enter the war?
God I hate them WP bastards!
@ALL OF YOU:
Please keep sending me any and all interesting info or post it directly in the comments section. The stuff that is going on now is HUGE and it looks like nobody is paying attention.
Spread the word!
Do they want to start WWIII???? God help us all
WWIII it ain’t gonna be, but does all this have a nightmarish potential? Heck yes!
Please keep posting any info on Ossetia or US carrier movement
It is my belief that unless the US sabre rattles, sending fleets into the region, the Iranians and other Arab countries feel very sure they can ride rough shod over all and sundry. Its wrong to continuously, focus on the so called adverse sid of the US actions. The families of the combatants must be remembered. I say, Brave US, thank you for keeping these militants contained.
Anonymous, only about less than 1% of Iranians are Arabs. I consider grouping Iranians with Arabs to be offensive.
@anonymous4: you are absolutely correct. Iranians are Aryans whereas Arabs are Semites. There is, I think, nothing “offensive” in mistaking one for the other, but it happens to be factually wrong.