posted on Jul, 13 2006 @ 01:00 PM
Originally posted by Communication_Burger
I heard a couple of people mention in another thread, that the U.S Navy were moving out to the area. Can anyone confirm this?
Yep I can confirm.
The closest Aircraft Carrier is the USS Enterprise
strike group, which pulled
out of the Persian Gulf last week and is on its way to South Korea. From the South China Sea it would take 10 days to get to the region. From South
Korea it will take 12-13, which is about the same amount of time it will take from the US Atlantic Coast fleet base in Norfolk, Va.
Earlier this week, the USS Peleliu Strike Group
also pulled out of the Middle
East, and is currently in Thailand.
There are two other aircraft carriers currently deployed. The USS Kitty Hawk is somewhere in the Pacific, some say involved in RIMPAC 06 but I would
bet more likely it is probably somewhere closer to North Korea, and the USS Abraham
is partisipating in RIMPAC 06, an exercise off Hawaii.
The USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group
crossed the Suez Canal last week and
got to the horn of Africa. It is now reportedly in the Red Sea, so it may be coming up closer to Israel, although it is impossible to know in that
region with issues in Somolia getting red hot also.
Someone earlier was downplaying the Hezbollah - Iran connection, well I think that is very silly because the facts are what they are:
Iran has provided Hezbollah 100 million a year for almost 2 decades
Iran has not stopped at rhetoric. It frequently meets with all the major terrorist groups-including Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and
the PFL-PGC. It actively encourages these groups to use terror to destroy the peace process. It provides them with money--up to several million
dollars a year in the case of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and others and up to $100 million a year for Hezbollah. Iran also supplies them with arms and
material support, training, and-in some cases-operational guidance.
Note, that isn't said by some Bush cronie, that is from Clinton's Secretary of State Warren Christopher. That "100 million for Hezbollah per year
from Iran" figure is accepted in case law in the US, stemming from kidnappings of Americans by Hezbollah in the 1980s and trials conducted against
captured kidnappers. Those with Nexus access should look it up, testimony in those court cases by returned kidnapped victims claim people wearing
Iranian military dress often spoke to the kidnappers while they were held hostage.