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Two U.S. Aircraft Carriers Head For The Gulf; Kuwait Prepares "Emergency War Plan"

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Dave Kaiser AHN Two additional U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are on their way to the Gulf and the Red Sea, according to Kuwait Times. Kuwait began finalizing its "emergency war plan" on being told the vessels were bound for the region. The U.S. Navy w


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Jaclin S (230)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 3:33 pm
OMG do they intend to start WWIII - honestly these powers that be are so engrossed in their stupid one-upmanship games - they cannot see the forest for the trees!!! All that really has to be done is for leaders to sit down LISTEN to each other AGREE TO DISAGREE and come to an amicable solution - instead of all this warmongering and fear instilling - it is such a SIMPLE thing to do!!! HUMANS ARE SO SELF DESTRUCTIVE AND GREEDY - AND IN BEING THIS WAY - ARE ALSO DESTROYING THE PEACE LOVING COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF OUR PLANET AND OUR PLANET!!! Blessings Isabella - thanx for the post.

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Saturday August 9, 2008, 3:36 pm
Massive US Naval Armada Heads For Iran

Operation Brimstone ended only one week ago. This was the joint US/UK/French naval war games in the Atlantic Ocean preparing for a naval blockade of Iran and the likely resulting war in the Persian Gulf area. The massive war games included a US Navy supercarrier battle group, an US Navy expeditionary carrier battle group, a Royal Navy carrier battle group, a French nuclear hunter-killer submarine plus a large number of US Navy cruisers, destroyers and frigates playing the "enemy force".

The lead American ship in these war games, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71) and its Carrier Strike Group Two (CCSG-2) are now headed towards Iran along with the USS Ronald Reagon (CVN76) and its Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG-7) coming from Japan.

They are joining two existing USN battle groups in the Gulf area: the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72) with its Carrier Strike Group Nine (CCSG-9); and the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) with its expeditionary strike group.

Likely also under way towards the Persian Gulf is the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and its expeditionary strike group, the UK Royal Navy HMS Ark Royal (R07) carrier battle group, assorted French naval assets including the nuclear hunter-killer submarine Amethyste and French Naval Rafale fighter jets on-board the USS Theodore Roosevelt. These ships took part in the just completed Operation Brimstone.

The build up of naval forces in the Gulf will be one of the largest multi-national naval armadas since the First and Second Gulf Wars. The intent is to create a US/EU naval blockade (which is an Act of War under international law) around Iran (with supporting air and land elements) to prevent the shipment of benzene and certain other refined oil products headed to Iranian ports. Iran has limited domestic oil refining capacity and imports 40% of its benzene. Cutting off benzene and other key products would cripple the Iranian economy. The neo-cons are counting on such a blockade launching a war with Iran.

The US Naval forces being assembled include the following:

Carrier Strike Group Nine
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72) nuclear powered supercarrier
with its Carrier Air Wing Two
Destroyer Squadron Nine:
USS Mobile Bay (CG53) guided missile cruiser
USS Russell (DDG59) guided missile destroyer
USS Momsen (DDG92) guided missile destroyer
USS Shoup (DDG86) guided missile destroyer
USS Ford (FFG54) guided missile frigate
USS Ingraham (FFG61) guided missile frigate
USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG60) guided missile frigate
USS Curts (FFG38) guided missile frigate
Plus one or more nuclear hunter-killer submarines

Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group
USS Peleliu (LHA-5) a Tarawa-class amphibious assault carrier
USS Pearl Harbor (LSD52) assult ship
USS Dubuque (LPD8) assult ship/landing dock
USS Cape St. George (CG71) guided missile cruiser
USS Halsey (DDG97) guided missile destroyer
USS Benfold (DDG65) guided missile destroyer

Carrier Strike Group Two
USS Theodore Roosevelt (DVN71) nuclear powered supercarrier
with its Carrier Air Wing Eight
Destroyer Squadron 22
USS Monterey (CG61) guided missile cruiser
USS Mason (DDG87) guided missile destroyer
USS Nitze (DDG94) guided missile destroyer
USS Sullivans (DDG68) guided missile destroyer

USS Springfield (SSN761) nuclear powered hunter-killer submarine

IWO ESG ~ Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group
USS Iwo Jima (LHD7) amphibious assault carrier
with its Amphibious Squadron Four
and with its 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
USS San Antonio (LPD17) assault ship
USS Velia Gulf (CG72) guided missile cruiser
USS Ramage (DDG61) guided missile destroyer
USS Carter Hall (LSD50) assault ship
USS Roosevelt (DDG80) guided missile destroyer

USS Hartfore (SSN768) nuclear powered hunter-killer submarine

Carrier Strike Group Seven
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN76) nuclear powered supercarrier
with its Carrier Air Wing 14
Destroyer Squadron 7
USS Chancellorsville (CG62) guided missile cruiser
USS Howard (DDG83) guided missile destroyer
USS Gridley (DDG101) guided missile destroyer
USS Decatur (DDG73) guided missile destroyer
USS Thach (FFG43) guided missile frigate
USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7) fast combat support ship

Also likely to join the battle armada:

UK Royal Navy HMS Ark Royal Carrier Strike Group with assorted guided missile destroyers and frigates, nuclear hunter-killer submarines and support ships

French Navy nuclear powered hunter-killer submarines (likely the Amethyste and perhaps others), plus French Naval Rafale fighter jets operating off of the USS Theodore Roosevelt as the French Carrier Charles de Gaulle is in dry dock, and assorted surface warships

Various other US Navy warships and submarines and support ships. The following USN ships took part (as the "enemy" forces) in Operation Brimstone and several may join in:

USS San Jacinto (CG56) guided missile cruiser
USS Anzio (CG68) guided missile cruiser
USS Normandy (CG60) guided missile cruiser
USS Carney (DDG64) guided missile destroyer
USS Oscar Austin (DDG79) guided missile destroyer
USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG81) guided missile destroyer
USS Carr (FFG52) guided missile frigate

The USS Iwo Jima and USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Groups have USMC Harrier jump jets and an assortment of assault and attack helicopters. The Expeditionary Strike Groups have powerful USMC Expeditionary Units with amphibious armor and ground forces trained for operating in shallow waters and in seizures of land assets, such as Qeshm Island (a 50 mile long island off of Bandar Abbas in the Gulf of Hormuz and headquarters of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps).

The large and very advanced nature of the US Naval warships is not only directed at Iran. There is a great fear that Russia and China may oppose the naval and air/land blockade of Iran. If Russian and perhaps Chinese naval warships escort commercial tankers to Iran in violation of the blockade it could be the most dangerous at-sea confrontation since the Cuban Missile Crisis. The US and allied Navies, by front loading a Naval blockade force with very powerful guided missile warships and strike carriers is attempting to have a force so powerful that Russia and China will not be tempted to mess with. This is a most serious game of military brinkmanship with major nuclear armed powers that have profound objections to the neo-con grand strategy and to western control of all of the Middle East's oil supply.

The Russian Navy this spring sent a major battle fleet into the Mediterranean headed by the modern aircraft carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov and the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet, the Guided Missile Heavy Cruiser Moskva. This powerful fleet has at least 11 surface ships and unknown numbers of subs and can use the Russian naval facility at Syria's Tartous port for resupply. The Admiral Kuznetsov carries approximately 47 warplanes and 10 helicopters. The warplanes are mostly the powerful Su-33, a naval version (with mid-air refueling capability) of the Su-27 family. While the Su-33 is a very powerful warplane it lacks the power of the stealth USAF F-22. However, the Russians insist that they have developed a plasma based system that allows them to stealth any aircraft and a recent incident where Russian fighters were able to appear unannounced over a US Navy carrier battle group tends to confirm their claims. The Su-33 can be armed with the 3M82 Moskit sea-skimming missile (NATO code name SS-N-22 Sunburn) and the even more powerful P-800 Oniks (also named Yakhonts; NATO code name SS-N-26 Onyx). Both missiles are designed to kill US Navy supercarriers by getting past the cruiser/destroyer screen and the USN point-defense Phalanx system by using high supersonic speeds and violent end maneuvers. Russian subs currently use the underwater rocket VA-111 Shkval (Squall), which is fired from standard 533mm torpedo tubes and reaches a speed of 360kph (230mph) underwater. There is no effective countermeasures to this system and no western counterpart.

A strategic diversion has been created for Russia. The Republic of Georgia, with US backing, is actively preparing for war on South Ossetia. The South Ossetia capital has been shelled and a large Georgian tank force has been heading towards the border. Russia has stated that it will not sit by and allow the Georgians to attack South Ossetia. The Russians are great chess players and this game may not turn out so well for the neo-cons.

Kuwait has activated its "Emergency War Plan" as it and other Gulf nations prepare for the likelihood of a major regional war in the Middle East involving weapons of mass destruction.

The two-ton elephant in the living room of the neo-con strategy is the advanced biowar (ABW) that Iran, and to a lessor extent Syria, has. This places the motherlands of the major neo-con nations (America, France, the United Kingdom), as well as Israel, in grave danger. When the Soviet Union fell the Iranians hired as many out-of-work former Soviet advanced biowar experts as possible. In the last 15 or so years they have helped to develop a truly world class ABW program utilizing recombination DNA genetic engineering technology to create a large number of man made killer viruses. This form of weapon system does not require high tech military delivery systems. The viruses are sub-microscopic and once seeded in a population use the population itself as vectors. Seeding can be done without notice in shopping malls, churches, and other public places. The only real defense to an advanced global strategic biowar attack is to lock down the population as rapidly as possible and let those infected die off.

Unless the public gets it act together and forces the neo-cons to stop the march to yet another war in the Middle East we are apt to see a truly horrific nightmare unfold in OUR COUNTRIES.

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Saturday August 9, 2008, 3:37 pm

Cat Gamble (44)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 3:46 pm
OMG!!! I can't believe it... the whole world is in their hands =(

. (0)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 3:51 pm
Yeap God help us for we are big trouble now for sure. Why do we keep sticking our nose in where it does not belong. I just hear the other week that they had nukes and was threathing to use them on use. So if there all over there what going to stop the nukes from comming here? Thanks Iabbella. Signed with much comfussion

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 3:52 pm
Two more carriers to Gulf
Free Market News Network Corp. USA August 8, 2008

US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice yesterday said that the US would not say ‘no’ to an Israeli plan to attack Iran adding that Israel is a sovereign state inferring that the US would not interfere with Israeli plans. Meanwhile, it has been reported that the aircraft carriers, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Ronald Reagan are now steaming to the Gulf where they will join the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and the aircraft maintenance group headed by the USS Peleliu.

Tim Redfern (581)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 3:57 pm
We've known this was coming.
We've seen it coming.
But still, to read this news,
my heart sinks. And here we sit
on the ragged edge of "Dubya Dubya 3".
Jaclin asks,
"OMG do they intend to start WWIII?"
Yes, I believe they do.
"And ye shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars."

Thanks, Isabella.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 4:08 pm
I'd rather NOT have any Thanks about this news post

Which btw preceeds the events in Georgia - look at Cate's thread I posted some updates there - one is very interesting about the deployment of 1000 US Army personel to Georgia for training purposes - PRIOR to the current conflict. The Russians protested about the US & Nato excercises.

Now I can not help myself by stringing the last few days news together - Troop movement, excercises, big scary talks against Iran, Israel, Codoleasa not saying NO to Israel ....... it all fits and paints a very ugly picture.

And that my friends right in front of my house door!!!! Comforting!! it's 2am here should go off and sleep

Bronwyn H (228)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 4:30 pm
Noted. Thanks Isabella.

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 4:33 pm
Jerks. killers, little-weenie-men showing off with WMD...damn them all.

Blacktiger P (247)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 4:39 pm
Noted, Yes the USA cannot allow Iran to sell their oil for Euro money. The Middle East signed a Contract with the USA decades ago [1945 approx.] that the oil be sold in the US$. So that is why the navy is there, to stop the tankers from leaving with oil paid for in Euro. The US$ will crash if this betrayal can not be stopped. The Caspian Basin attacks are on the citizens who refused to sign over their land to BIG OIL for leases and right of way for pipelines.So yes WW3 has for all intents HAS BEGUN.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 4:48 pm
Problem is, Cate, these small, lame, limp-dicked sissy-men are about to piss bigtime all over EVERYONE.

Hold on to yer butts. This ride's just startin'.

Yes, my dear friend, DAMN THEM ALL!!!!!!!

Marion Y (322)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 5:04 pm
I really don't think there will be an attack on Iran. Bush/Cheney/US has everything to lose by it. Iran is a force to deal with, their allies, Russia and China, may very well step in to protect their interests (oil). Iran is walled in by mountains on 3 sides, the ocean on the fourth. The land mass is difficult terrain, way larger than Iraq, and the population is much greater and better equipped for a fight.

Granted, this would be an aerial strike. But an attack on Iran would jeopardize troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, we don't have the resources or manpower for another war. All countries over there know this. The US is crippled by our economy and Bush is making this last staged effort costing us billions that is so desperately needed here at home. Iran and Russia see this US presence in the Gulf as a bluff.

If the US attacks, these madmen are crazier than I thought...and I believe we will see war here and real terrorism on our soil.

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 6:29 pm
Amen, Black Tiger! It's all about THE OIL and it's ALWAYS been all about THE OIL!

Linda H (199)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 6:43 pm
Hey,folks this does not look good!I think we are over our heads in DooDoo!

Merry L (74)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 6:55 pm
War always is a bunch of crap over another bunch of crap! Tim you're right!Sadly, but it's been coming for a long time! Thanks for informing Isabella.

Brenda H (29)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 6:55 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 6:57 pm
Tim is right & many others as well !Read your Bibles My Friends!And get your life together with God! It's all happening ,Just as Our Lord told us!! If only Man would've listened,But some think they are smarter than God or it's All a mess of lies NO!!,IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE TRUTH!

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 7:23 pm
Read the Bible, so have those NeoCON Killers.. those False Profiteers have been hell bent on plaguing us all! Time to crucify them!

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 7:26 pm
Yvonne, it's all in their PNAC PLAN ...

PNAC and the Future of America and the World Established in the spring of 1997 and funded largely by the energy and arms industries, the Project for the New American Century was founded as the neoconservative.Also see the video


Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 7:27 pm
All part of the NeoCON/Bu$h PNAC Plan ...

Just in case some think all Americans are naïve - unaware of the results their actions - read, for example, Ralph Peter's article, Constant Conflict in the 1997 US Army War College Quarterly.

“There will be no peace. At any given moment for the rest of our lifetimes, there will be multiple conflicts in mutating forms around the globe. Violent conflict will dominate the headlines, but cultural and economic struggles will be steadier and ultimately more decisive.

The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing.

We are building an information-based military to do that killing. . . . . ”

The pathological problem with the neoconservatives is that they are myopic - unwilling to see, or hear criticism of, what conflicts with their ambition. They do not care how many people are killed. Morality does not exist in their corporate quest.




McCain/u$h and PNAC = perpetual war and endless $$$ for Bu$h's war toys to line the pockets of his cronies/defense contractors!

Eric Straatsma (3802)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 7:36 pm

HR 362 must pass to allow Neo Cons to do all of this.. Call your legislator to stop it or to not support it... Explain why by using the information above.

HR 362 is now in committee with over 200 co sponsors. Whittle this down... cut off the support for it.


Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 8:30 pm
Noted , terrible news !!

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 9:23 pm

Sandy v (91)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 11:42 pm
Little bush has been shooting his big mouth off over Iran for months and I was afraid he'd get the chance to start more wars before leaving office. The guy is insane!! We don't have troops, we have old equipment, less money and no back up troops. Saddam bluffed us and look what it got him in the end. It only takes one person to call little bush's bluff and WWlll will be underway. Does this mean we can all stop worrying about our economy, the national debt, our lives, the air, the water and all our animals? Kept saying impeach those idiots before they left office and jail em

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 11:51 pm
Indeed the developments are grimm -

there will never be peace - Bunting - you are sooo corrcet (sadly) - the only "art" is to keep "war" away from your front lawn ---

Question to you - please some input -

whith which oil do you believe such a war would be fought?

Marjorie G (29)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 11:57 pm
Well looks like four more years of the same sh*t.No election this year too much going on to change leaders and policy.Mothers teach your sons to talk first fight never.This is what happens when a gun is a first toy.

Teresa Soares (82)
Sunday August 10, 2008, 4:00 am
Read too:

The Russian Conflit in Georgia could make war with Iram more probable, by William Cormier

" (...) I have always maintained that if we attack Iran, there will be a furious amount of diplomacy going on behind the scenes between the U.S., Russia, and China - both of whom we would have to give up tremendous security issues to get them to covertly place their guarded blessings on a US/Israel attack on Iran. Right now, the stage is being set. Russia has sent tanks into Georgia LINK and have vowed to protect Russian interests and it looks as if a full-blown conflict/war could evolve from this situation, and the U.S. is currently backing Georgia. If this Iran attack does happen, you can bet that we will issue harsh warnings and a possible complaint through the U.N. Security Council, but other than that, our threats will be hollow. You have to give a little to get a little, and the dominoes seem to be falling into place. (...)

Annelies O (283)
Sunday August 10, 2008, 6:06 am
Noted, thanks Isabella

Sharon Froehlich (99)
Sunday August 10, 2008, 9:19 am
Horrific, but not unexpected. All of our pleas to our own government to end the war and start no new ones have been in vain as per usual. That is why I am not voting in november because I will not give anyone my mandate to continue murdering.Thanks, Isabella, noted.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 10, 2008, 11:18 am
have been discussing here with friends about the situation - our sentiment is,that as it is at the moment it is still "only" a barring the teeth and taking the "don't you dare stance" ----- of course explain that to the 2.000 some dead ------

Michael Ruger (17)
Sunday August 10, 2008, 11:28 am
So Bush wants to attack IRAN while The Russians attack the country of Georgia ,while China abuses the Country of Tibet , While Genocide runs rampet in Africa.
Bush is just a typical school yard bully. As we see he runs away from real reasons for use our military .
You say GOD HELP US ALL. Lets help ourselves and lets all go to our Representatives in Congress and have our little /OUR COUNRY

. (0)
Sunday August 10, 2008, 1:23 pm
Our life and Country will soon be run under dictadorship a lot sooner than we realise, for it is comming soon the writting is on the wall. If we jump into a war we will not have anyone back us up for noone wants any part of us anymore. Why should they? Beaves and Butthead has brought our Country to her knees and all knows this so with all over there we are left wide open here. The new neocons will not do any better if not the same or even worse.

Louise L (48)
Sunday August 10, 2008, 2:13 pm
So here we stand on the sidelines, funding a powerful man with a small brain who is now looking desperately for a way to look good in the history books. Said man is almost out of time! So strike while the iron is hot! And since we plunked down 100 million to fund Olympics held in the wrong place, then finances should not be a problem. Our grandchildren and great grandchildren will gladly pay these bills for said man. The situation does make one wonder if Revelations is about to kick out for those horsemen.

Edwin Purcell (178)
Sunday August 10, 2008, 3:18 pm
This is a good time to get in touch with the concept that we are not our bodies. We are spirit having a human experience.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 11, 2008, 1:24 am
Well said Edwin TwoTrees

Tuesday August 12, 2008, 1:34 am

James Waldie (11)
Tuesday August 12, 2008, 10:53 am
Thank you Isabella I said many times this year when there was an article on Global warming I said that I feared that there would be a Nuclear War between Iran and I did say that the Chinese and the Russians would back Iran We must get every other Nation in the World to do there best to stop this conflict The American Government wants Israel to fire the first shot and Bush hopes that the rest of the World will give him the backing he wants to support him by going in I HOPE NOT I hope that there is a General Election in the UK before this happens that we get a new Government who will not support any more Warmongering WE HAVE ALL HAD ENOUGH OF THIS.
Jim W

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 12, 2008, 12:55 pm
Hear hear Jim Waldie - I know you said so, but then we are in Europe. Will the people ever listen to the old country? Someone said in the US ".... to take our country back" that is so true. They lost democracy and never noticed.
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