Just to review.
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.
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.