Skip to comments.US Military Drills Day One After Strike On Iran, Deploys F-22s To Gulf
Posted on 05/03/2012 2:01:27 PM PDT by Iam1ru1-2
US Navy, Air Force, ground, intelligence and special forces units based at home, in Europe and the Middle East, took part this week in a special exercise ordered by President Barack Obama to simulate reactions to a potential US-Israel strike on Irans nuclear facilities, debkafiles exclusive military and Washington sources report.
Sunday, April 22, the US also transferred a number of advanced stealth F-22 fighter bombers, believed to be from the 302nd Fighter Squadron 302, from the joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska to the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.
According to our sources, the F-22 jets will join the F-15s of the Massachusetts Air National Guards 104th Fighter Wing which were transferred to the Al Udeid base a month ago.
Their mission will be to destroy the Iranian air force and air defense batteries so as to clear the way for US and Israeli bombers to go into action against Irans nuclear sites and the strategic infrastructure of its army and Revolutionary Guards Corps.
This unprecedented US buildup of air might - supplementing the aircraft on the decks of the USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Enterprise, to be joined by a third carrier as soon as the offensive gets underway shows Tehran that the Obama administration is serious about using military means as extra pressure on Iran to give way in diplomatic negotiations both with the six powers and with the US through clandestine channels.
Both moves took place as the United States and five other world powers prepares for the second round of talks with Iran scheduled for next month to rein in its nuclear program.
The comment Israels chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz made to AP on April 26 about other countries having readied their armed forces for a potential strike to keep Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons referred to the deployment of the F-22 stealth jets. He did not name the other countries.
His comment was received in Washington as Israels strongest message till now that it will not be alone in attacking Iran but will have partners, presumably the US - and possibly also Britain, France, German, Holland or Italy.
At the end of the US exercise simulating Day One of this attack, debkafile reports that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey submitted to the White House three conclusions:
1. Irans response to a military strike will be measured, both to limit the damage to the regime and to conserve military resources for a possible follow-up attack;
2. The Iranians will go back to work on building a nuclear weapon within a short time;
3. The destruction of core elements of its nuclear program is expected to change Irans attitude in negotiations, making it less cocky and more submissive to international demands.
Debka. Color me skeptical.
Why is this being leaked? Election year perhaps? naaaaa...
October Surprise? I wouldn’t put it past him. Wouldn’t that be a game changer.
“October Surprise? I wouldnt put it past him. Wouldnt that be a game changer.”
You don’t suppose this fascist douchebag would attack Iran without provocation and without Congressional authorization just to try and sway an election he must already know he’s going to lose otherwise, so you?
See the first comment - it’s DEBKA - never right.
Give us some fuzzy idea of where you are at?
One could only wish, but this “source” is DEBKA, afterall.
Obama will never side with Israel against another moslem nation. If anything, it’s Iran and Syria against the Moslem Brotherhood, the Arab Spring and Obama arrayed against the Shia populations. Sunni vs. Shia until one side utterly destroys the other. That’s exactly what mohammad wanted them to do as their religious obligation.
This is inside Moslem politics being played out in Washington DC. Nauseating but true.
Dempsey has been a four star since 8 Dec 2008.
Good ole Debka, always effing up the facts.
“Where I live this morning it sounded as if the entire air wing took off. Who knows?”
And Israel just mobilized 4-6 battalions of reserves, ostensibly to “beef up the borders with Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt”.
FWIW, I don’t see Ø gaining much points if he does help Israel with Iran.
Some few Jews he has lost in cities/states that he would have anyway might go back to him, but most of those that like him aren’t in favor of hitting Iran, those that hate him will say “so what, this is what you were supposed to do if you weren’t such a schmuck”.
As for “sticking with a wartime president”, most everyone else will know he did it to wag the dog, and it won’t change their views either way.