About those aircraft carriers for Ira_

Just to review.

Though the Bush administration recently announced more money and the beefing up of troops in Afghanistan it is interesting to note this from Stars and Stripes

Despite the surge in violence, the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was called away from providing air support to coalition forces in Afghanistan to be part of the U.S. Navy presence off the Horn of Africa.

A second carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, has been dispatched to the U.S. Central Command theater of operations.

And though the Eisenhower was needed in Afghanistan these movements are about Iran now. From WaPo..

Vice President Cheney said the deployment this month of a second
aircraft-carrier [Stennis] task force to the Persian Gulf delivered a “strong
signal” of the United States’ commitment to confront Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The Eisenhower is still in the Gulf. The Stennis is under way to join it and will be there later this month.There have not been 2 aircraft carriers in the Mideast since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. When all is said and done there will be “50 warships in the Mideast.”

This is all very dangerous

As the rhetoric grows
more strident, a U.S. military official in the Gulf likened the
U.S.-Iran standoff to the buildup in hostility in Europe before World
War I, when the assassination of the heir to the Austrian throne
triggered a tragic war that engulfed a continent.

“A mistake could be made and you could end up in something that
neither side ever really wanted, and suddenly it’s August 1914 all over
again,” the U.S. officer said on condition of anonymity, because of
the sensitivity of the issue. “I really believe neither side wants a

Iranian coast guard vessels recently veered into territorial waters on
the Arab side of the Gulf, an event that could have been viewed as
either a mistake or a provocation, the officer said. Both sides are on
tenterhooks. “A boat crosses a line … but what does it mean? You’ve
got to be very careful about overreacting,” the officer said.

I doubt there would be any ‘accidents’ before the Stennis arrives in the Gulf. But once that occurs, be worried…be very worried.

7 thoughts on “About those aircraft carriers for Ira_

  1. leinie, ditto to Scout…we all are. Congress needs to stand up already – jesus, let’s get these people home, for God’s sake. Blessings.

  2. Yes, the Stennis is on its way, with my son aboard. He keeps telling me that he will be fine, and I shouldn’t worry. Every day I look at the news, and I watch how they are playing this fucking game again, and I see how they are trying to provoke things, and I get more tense, and more nervous, and I can’t understand why the Congress just doesn’t seem to give a damn.
    Bush is dangerous. He somehow thinks that Iran is his mulligan for the clusterfuck that he’s created in Iraq, that if he can just start over, he’ll get it right this time. He’s delusional, and he’s arrogant, and he’s a war criminal. Selfish of me I know, but I don’t want my kid added to his body count. If this administration, and this Congress, don’t think that the world won’t sit up and take notice this time, and move to stop the rogue nation, they are as delusional as Bush is.

  3. Dust off the good old Gulf of Tonkin resolution. Vietnam here we come! Oops,wrong invasion,sorry

  4. There are not enough cursewords in the universe to describe how I feel about these warmongers.

  5. Bush is determined to go after Iran. There will be a trumped up incident that requires an immediate response “to protect the troops”, and Bush will not go to Congress before makes his move.
    The US Congress is the only recourse to stop this madness, and they seem pretty slow-moving. I believe the only recourse is impeachment, because Bush won’t listen to anyone who doesn’t agree with him. Then Cheney will have to be impeached.

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