"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 23 May 2010

US Build-up In Med & Persian Gulf

If all this talk from the LibServatives about our Armed Forces leaving Afghanistan as soon as possible is just so they can be sent to Iran then I'll spit.

A quiet build-up has been going on for months now and in March I blogged about arms shipments being sent to the British island of Diego Garcia
According to a cargo manifest from the US navy, this included 387 “Blu” bombs used for blasting hardened or underground structures.

"Experts say that they are being put in place for an assault on Iran’s controversial nuclear facilities. There has long been speculation that the US military is preparing for such an attack, should diplomacy fail to persuade Iran not to make nuclear weapons...

"Crucially, the cargo includes 195 smart, guided, Blu-110 bombs and 192 massive 2000lb Blu-117 bombs.
Now we have this:
[Military sources report a decision] to boost US military strength in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf regions in the short term with extra air and naval strike forces and 6,000 Marine and sea combatants. Carrier Strike Group 10, headed by the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, sails out of the US Navy base at Norfolk, Virginia Friday, May 21.

[The build-up] will take place over the next three months, reaching peak level in late July and early August. By then, the Pentagon plans to have at least 4 or 5 US aircraft carriers visible from Iranian shores.

The USS Truman's accompanying Strike Group includes Carrier Air Wing Three (Battle Axe) - which has 7 squadrons - 4 of F/A-18 Super Hornet and F/A-18 Hornet bomber jets, as well as spy planes and early warning E-2 Hawkeyes that can operate in all weather conditions; the Electronic Attack Squadron 130 for disrupting enemy radar systems; and Squadron 7 of helicopters for anti-submarine combat (In its big naval exercise last week, Iran exhibited the Velayat 89 long-range missile for striking US aircraft carriers and Israel warships from Iranian submarines.)

Another four US warships will be making their way to the region to join the USS Truman and its Strike Group. They are the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and guided missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill, USS Oscar Austin and USS Ross."
It's interesting to see from the article that the Germans are lending one of their warships (the FGS Hessen) and placing it under American command.

Obama's new toy: Prompt Global Strike: from here to eternity in an hour

Don't these 'world leaders' ever have enough of war?   Haven't the arms manufacturers and bankers made enough billions on the back of death?  If the likes of Obama, Blair and Bush had to lead their troops into battle they'd think twice before signing the orders.

Slightly off-topic but I keep seeing the year 2012 mentioned more frequently in the msm lately - nothing to do with Mayan conspiracies or loony websites, I promise.   It's being cited as a target date for the introduction of policies: economic and social.  I've decided to keep an eye on the health of HM the Queen - if she pops her clogs in 2012 it will be too late to run to Tesco to stock up on bottled water and cans of beans :-)


  1. Please let it be after the end of July.

    I will be in the Marghreb in late June into in July, crucially souther Morocco.

    I don't want to be a hostage.

    Tie for another glass of red.

  2. You're cutting it fine my fine, furry, well-travelled Bugger. Let's hope you come home with nothing more than two black eyes.

  3. Two functioning eyes and two other functioning fingies, if I can find the necessary yang to my ying would do OK.

  4. You'll be ok - a quick sortie into the Maghreb and home again for lots of lovely bamboo shoots and tea in china cups. Besides, you can be very cantankerous so I can't imagine anyone wanting to hold you hostage for too long. I'll keep a packet of dunking biscuits in anticipation of your return - gingernuts alright? :-)

  5. I've noticed that 2012 is mentioned a lot, myself, GV, and that 4.5 billion people are going to die by then because of.... wait for it.... global warming.... FFS!

    Do you also get the impression that 2012 is the projected year for the implementation of the NWO's despicable "Agenda 21"?

    Would they treat people as being so fucking thick that they'll believe it's something to do with the Mayan long count coming to an end?

    I rest my case!

  6. Spidey, do you have a reliable, scientific link about 4.5bn people dying from global warming *cough* ?

    The msm is reporting the year 2012 as being the time when apparently disparate policies come together.

    I don't know anything Spidey except something is wrong and, in answer to your last question, yes they would.

    You've got a good name Spidey - a barking web - otoh, mine's quite good too :-)

  7. GV these are the beasts to keep an eye on. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0213354020090802. As I said in March when you and SR were commenting on the Diego Garcia Cash'n'Carry there is something weird about them. "Dual use" about these things. http://rangingshots.blogspot.com/2010/03/whats-connecting-dots.html

  8. Thanks, Incoming - interesting to see that they hope the B2s and MOPs will be ready by July 2010, a date that ties in with the DEBKAfile article and there are already B2 shelters on Diego Garcia.

    The US lease expires in 2016 so it will be interesting to see what happens then - I can't imagine them wanting to give it up, specially since it's rent-free!

  9. Check out these ones, GV, and I've seen the same thing mentioned on other sites, too.

  10. !! Thanks Spidey - more than 2m entries but I think we'll all still be here in 2013. I don't go for the planetary alignment/asteroid contributing to GW 'theory' but I do like to keep an eye open when many apparently unconnected policies, begun in the past by faded politicians, are set to take effect in 2012.

  11. Something stinks to high heaven, GV.


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