Written by J.D. Longstreet
In an article entitled: "Obama starts massive US Air-Sea-Marine build-up opposite Iran" Debkafile reports on a massive US Naval build -up currently underway in the Persian Gulf waters off Iran's shore. You can read the article in its entirety on Debka
Right Side News notes from the From USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs office that this is a "normal rotation"...
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) deployed May 21 for a six-month deployment, to the 5th and 6th fleet areas of operations, in support of maritime security operations.
The HST CSG includes Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 10; the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75; Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3; Commander, Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 26; the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) , USS Ross (DDG 71) and German Frigate FGS Hessen (F221).
Missions of the HST CSG focus heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability. Read More...
Right Side News also notes the annual Israeli Defense drill is starting, fourth year in a row and according the Voice of America today, Lebanese officials state that Israel could be using this drill as a cover for a military attack. Read More.. note SEE VIDEO BELOW of the USS Truman..
J. D. Longstreet Continues...........
So - what IS going on? Is the stage being set for the long expected attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? Well, nobody is going to admit that, even if it were true. Is the US stationing itself, strategically, between Iran and Israel - as a clear warning to Israel NOT TO ATTACK IRAN? With the Obama Regime clearly showing no favor for Israel, one must consider that possibility.
As one looks at the Iranian defense, especially the new Russian "Surface to Air Missiles," one must consider the option of boots on the ground, inside Iran, to take out those mobile missiles by either hands-on destruction or painting the targets with lasers for aircraft to take out. Of course, we are describing a task, which would be undertaken by Special Forces troops. Both Israel and the US have outstanding Special Forces who certainly have the capability to complete such a mission.
On the other hand, the US has the option of using its stealth aircraft to take out Iran's nuclear facilities. The Russian SAM's can't shoot 'em if they can't see "em!
If stealth aircraft are to be involved in this mission, whatever it is, there will likely be no reports on their movement for they fly out of US bases, here in the states, and return to those same bases after their mission is complete.
Whatever the mission, this is a very large and a very visible task force assembling off Iran. SOMETHING IS going on.
It is important to remember the value of keeping the Straits of Hormuz open for the world's flow of oil to continue, unimpeded, when the strike on Iran begins. Iran has made it clear they will make an effort to block the straits immediately when the shooting begins. Certainly one task of the US armada will be to secure the straits from attack by the Iranians.
Remember, too, that when THIS war begins it will be fought in the air, on land, and at sea. I should think that depending upon the intensity of the conflict and the durability of the Iranian forces, the use of tactical battlefield nukes would certainly be considered. We KNOW the US has them and we THINK Israel has them as well.
With the American public signaling their war weariness it is unthinkable that the current regime would undertake another war unless they were sure it could be ended successfully and quickly. Tactical nukes would do that.
Whatever is up, this naval flotilla gathering off the shores of Iran, sends a very strong signal that the US is not intimidated by Iran's military posturing. And it is never, ever, wise to thumb one's nose at the IDF. As the biblical story of David and Goliath points out, all too clearly, Israel has a very long record of defeating superior military forces.
Iran has rattled the tiger's cage far too often.
We salute our great men and women of the USS Harry Truman CVN 75 and related families and support personnel.
J. D. Longstreet
J. D. Longstreet is a conservative Southern American (A native sandlapper and an adopted Tar Heel) with a deep passion for the history, heritage, and culture of the southern states of America. At the same time he is a deeply loyal American believing strongly in "America First". He is a thirty-year veteran of the broadcasting business, as an "in the field" and "on-air" news reporter (contributing to radio, TV, and newspapers) and a conservative broadcast commentator.
Longstreet is a veteran of the US Army and US Army Reserve. He is a member of the American Legion and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A lifelong Christian, Longstreet subscribes to "old Lutheranism" to express and exercise his faith.