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US Gears Up For Land Operation In Persian Gulf?
Russia Today ^ | March 28, 2012

Posted on 03/28/2012 8:49:23 AM PDT by Strategy

The US is sending an amphibious assault group and a couple of thousand US Marines to the Persian Gulf. With another US carrier making its way to Iran's doorstep, US military still insist that this is a "regularly scheduled deployment".

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, amphibious transport dock USS New York, and amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall. It is also reinforced with an atomic submarine and a marine helicopter squadron.

The group, which is "a versatile sea-based force that can be tailored to a variety of missions," left port on Tuesday and is heading to the Gulf, the US Navy says.

(Excerpt) Read more at rt.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; islam; israel; middleeast; waronterror

1 posted on 03/28/2012 8:49:40 AM PDT by Strategy
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To: Strategy

ping


2 posted on 03/28/2012 8:51:30 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Strategy

Hussein’s “October Surprise”?


3 posted on 03/28/2012 8:52:55 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Strategy

Given that the current occupant of 1600 PA Ave is either a closet Muslim or an atheist/muslim-sympathizer, “No”.


4 posted on 03/28/2012 8:53:42 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Strategy

Too small for any significant operation, and it is routine anyway. Such a unit is normally deployed with every US fleet.


5 posted on 03/28/2012 8:54:15 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: Strategy

It must be time for a little “Acting Presidential” and showing “Presidential Machismo” to distract the masses from Zero’s treasonous remarks with the Russians.


8 posted on 03/28/2012 9:09:43 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Very likely. Against a weak leftwing Bishop Willard candidate who would have to say he supported a demonstration of force over there, it would work well.


9 posted on 03/28/2012 9:13:26 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Gov. G. Romney (R), father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: Strategy

Ummm - what happened to the Administration’s bare bones yet Miltary budget? Should we be high-tailing it into yet another Middle Easter incursion?


10 posted on 03/28/2012 9:30:38 AM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: maine yankee; wrench

What does that mean now, w?


11 posted on 03/28/2012 9:32:50 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: Strategy

in terms of the characterization of what the facts mean, just consider the source - Russia Today


12 posted on 03/28/2012 10:52:50 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Strategy

Obama is going to get a lot of our people killed. The left will celebrate.


13 posted on 03/28/2012 11:11:17 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Strategy

so he thinks boots on the ground in Iran is a good idea?


14 posted on 03/28/2012 12:06:12 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Strategy

The Navy is doubling our minesweepers in the Persian Gulf to 8 and also sending in more mine hunting helicopters.

The Navy is also refitting the USS Ponce to deploy to the Persian Gulf to be a full time Mine Warfare Command Ship.

These are expensive complicated deployments and are described as “setting the theater” to counter any potential Iranian threat. Hmmm.


15 posted on 03/28/2012 12:38:19 PM PDT by gandalftb (The art of diplomacy says "nice doggie", until you find a bigger rock.)
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This strikes me as routine given the circumstances.

16 posted on 03/28/2012 4:12:14 PM PDT by SJackson (I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes)
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To: gandalftb; Marine_Uncle; NormsRevenge; SunkenCiv; TigersEye; blam
And what is happening now?

Seems like all the media attention is directing the masses eyes to focus on Syria.

And now the French election and the possible breakup of the Eurozone.

Oh,...and this morning we have Wal Mart bribing officials in Mexico,

17 posted on 04/23/2012 12:20:10 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

We have always had a MEU, Marine Expeditionary Unit, stationed on an LHD carrier with support vessels in the Middle East.

Typically they are deployed from Camp Pendleton like the 11th MEU I was on 2 years ago on the USS Bonhomme Richard, LHD-6.

What is new is that a second MEU is coming on deck to patrol the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. The reason is that we are unable to use our previous staging base on Bahrain due to political problems there and we need a platform.

The other new issue is that the W Coast MEU is now very busy at the Horn of Africa, Red Sea and Yemen and can’t cover the entire Middle East as before.

Too many new theaters and too much geography for our rapid response units to cover as before.


18 posted on 04/23/2012 12:34:48 PM PDT by gandalftb (The art of diplomacy says "nice doggie", until you find a bigger rock.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
One should keep in mind the recent remarks coming out of Russia, one, I believe it was last week, by the Defense Minister to the effect, Russia would back up Iran if required.

19 posted on 04/23/2012 12:50:56 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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To: gandalftb

Thanks for the info.


20 posted on 04/23/2012 2:01:34 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Russia is mucking around ....again.


21 posted on 04/23/2012 2:02:51 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least that the DOS, and some Administration staff might have a secret deal with the Russians to step in if we attacked Iran, to help assure the Kenyan get a second term, due to serious potential problems just before the November elections.


22 posted on 04/23/2012 2:51:13 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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