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Posted by M. Murcek 2013-02-08 16:05||
#2 If you look at the STRATFOR naval deployment weekly, you note that CBGs ABGs are virtually static. Only the Stennis is in the Gulf area, a reduction from to groups to one. And no group is in transit, so the Stennis and one Amphig group are the total force projection in the Middle East. Wonder how that affects the Iranians and the Israelis regarding any actions that might take place. Perhaps we have to little resources to be helpful and thus change the battle calculus for someone? Just wondering.
Posted by NoMoreBS 2013-02-08 16:32||
#3 I agree with the comment made by a number of folks: if you're not there to do anything, don't waste time, money and people's lives by just hanging around.
A carrier battle group is supposed to focus the mind of the opposition. But we've had one or two in the Arabian Sea/Persian Gulf for so long now that the Iranians have adjusted to it. Whatever they had to do, they did it a while back. I don't see that continuing to wave the big stick at them accomplishes anything.
But then I've been a believer in Operation Lemony Snickett. I'd put down the big stick and pick up a small shiv...
Posted by Steve White 2013-02-08 18:22||
#4 we have a load of Iranian arms intercepted on their way to Yemen. Return them to Iran vs the MEK and any other effective anti-Mullah groups. Our hands are clean
Posted by Frank G 2013-02-08 20:24||
#5 And today it was reported that the Lincoln's refueling was going to be delayed for an unknown period due to the budget. Since a nuke refueling exercise takes 3.5 years ( navy figures) that is going to have a huge ripple effect. and part of the refule was also a change of homeport. you think the Truman cost Sailors a lot, stand by for the Lincoln figures ( new housing deposits, spouses quit jobs to follow the Sailor), it will be frikkin huge!
Posted by USN,Ret. 2013-02-08 20:43||
#6 So IOW the Fed is trying hard NOT to say they expect the private sector + industrial econ to stay so bad such that the USDOD is the only positive or proactive, econ productive activity going on in the immediate + surrounding regions.
EVERYTHING OR NEARLY EVERYTHING THAT IS NON-DOD = NON-FED/GOVT-CONTROLLED OR RELATED IS SHOT = NON-EXISTENT???
Dats great news for Rising China + Rising Iran + the Nuclear, Caliphate-happy Hard Boyz - US + MAINSTREAM AMERIKA NOTSOMUCH.
* See RELATED DRUDGEREPORT > [USNI.Org] NAVY UNABLE TO FUEL CARRIER DUE TO BUDGET CUTS.
* Also from USNI.ORG > NAVY: "LINCOLN" REFUELING DELAYED, WILL HURT CARRIER READINESS.
NOT good news from the US side for the US CVN USS "GEORGE WASHINGTON" over in NE Asia = Japan, vee the DPRK [read, CHINA].
* TOPIX > [HuffPo = Switched] REDUCED ROLE OF US WORRIES ALLIES.
As per FOX NEWS AM, it would appear that neither the GOP-Right nor US Allies have heard nor fully understand the concept + merits, demerits behind [anti-US] OWG "Globalism" + NAU 2015???
* SAME, FREEREPUBLIC > [Federal News Radio] BY YEAR'S END, US TROOPS WILL BE UNABLE TO RESPOND TO CRISES: PENTAGON SAYS, as per looming "sequestration" cuts.
WHAT CRISIS OR CRISES COULD THAT BE IN 2013???
* TOPIX > [Bloomberg] JAPAN RADAR TARGETING PROTEST IS "WAR SIGNAL", GLOBAL TIMES [China]SAYS.
* SAME > [Asian News Network] TOKYO: CHINA SHOULD STOP PLAYING DANGEROUS GAME OVER SENKAKUS.
* SAME > [Russia Today] NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST MAY CAUSE VOLCANO ERUPTION NEAR CHINESE BORDER - REPORT, vee already naturally expanding magma chamber/pool bubbling underneath Mt. Baekdu in the DPRK.
Moreso iff the DPRK does conduct two simultaneous Nuke Tests [HEU + Plutonium].
ROK Geologist Yoon-Sung-ho.
* Also from RUSSIA TODAY > ISLANDS DISPUTE [South Kuriles] KEEP RUSSIA-JAPAN RELATIONS ON THE ROCKS.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Asahi Shimbun] JAPAN: HOTLINE NEEDED [SinO-Nippon "Red Phone"] AFTER CHINESE WARSHIP "THREATENED FORCE".
* BHRATA RAKSHAK > [The Hankyoreh = Hani.co/KR] NORTH KOREA COULD BE DEVELOPINGA HYDROGEN BOMB.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > IN SEVEN YEARS, CHINA'S STORY COULD BE OVER.
On a separate note, the post-Bammer US should not be so presumptious to think that what occurs dubiously or detrimentally to China, etc. won't affect it also, e.g. OWG "CONSENSUS ON PEAK OIL/RESOURCES IS THAT THERE IS NO CONSENSUS".
Ditto as per a seemingly "strong" US suborned under anti-Nationalist, anti-Sovereignty, anti-Borders, anti-US Constitution, "multi-polar" anti-US OWG + NAU starting in 2015 or ASAP thereafter.
OWG + ANTI-US NAU 2015 > STRONG US = STRONG CHINA, ETAL. JUST AS SIMIL A WEAK US = WEAK CHINA, ETAL. = GREAT GEOPOL "EQUALIZER".
Not starring Brit actor James? Woodsworth/
China + PLA may not even to demand or militarily conquer 1/2 or more of CONUS-NORAM for "living space" because a US suborned under OWG + NAU 2015 will be all nice-n-legal like letting Chinese workers by the Milyuhns + Dilyuhns + Silyuhns. DITTO FOR HISPANICS + CALIPHATE, UMMAH, NUCLEAR-HAPPY MUSLIM + THIRD WORLD EMIGRES.
The Jihadis will just legally formally emigrate or just walk into future ISLAMERICA/ISLAMERIKA, aka future HISPAMERICA/HISPAMERIKA, aka future SINOMERICA/SINOMERIKA.
Again, WID EYES WIDE OPEN, N-O-T EYES WIDE SHUT.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2013-02-08 21:57||