reply to post by alaadarwish
Once again, the presence of the Enterprise in the Mediterranean is a result of a SCHEDULED deployment that was to take it through the Suez and into
the Arabian Gulf. The Enterprise amounts to a few squadrons of F/A-18s. That's all. It's not an invasion force. The Kearsarge is now in the Red Sea.
It is an amphibious Strike Group, but it is SHORT-STAFFED because they lent 1200 Marines to Afghnaistan. The forces afloat in the area are nowhere
near enough to do anything rash, which is what it would be.
Let me use an analogy here. Remember the story of Waterloo? Napolean was suffering because his piles hurt. He had taken opium for it and was therefore
not in top notch shape mentally. In the middle of the battle, which was more or less a stalemate, he decided to take a nap. As he slept the British
decided to retreat about 100 yards to get out of the way of French artillery fire. When they moved their "British Squares" the general in charge of
the French forces saw it as a wholesale retreat. He got excited and sent the cavalry to attack. They rushed over the hill only to find the British
Squares fully intact and they were cut to pieces. About that time Napolean awoke from his nap and was outraged. he said, "You never send in the
calvary without infantry support!" That mistake, along with the presence of the Prussians, cost him the victory and became his Waterloo.
It's the same situation here. What the United States has in the area is a very powerful calvary. Indeed, without a doubt the most powerful in the
world. But there is no infantry. A handful of Marines and helicopters is simply not big enough to accomplish anything. About all that force is good
for is to protect a border, such as the one betwen Egypt and Israel, but that border does not need protecting. First, there aren't any significant
Egyptian troops in the Sinai at all (this is a treaty issue) and second, the Egyptian military is hardly focused on invading Israel. At long last hey
are not that stupid.
When the United States invaded Iraq (the second time) the entire US 2nd Army--ALL of it--was parked in Turkey. The entire US 3rd Army--ALL of it--was
parked in Kuwait. Turkey did not allow the 2nd Army to cross Turkish soil and invade from the North, so the whole operation fell on the 3rd Army, and
it was a cakewalk. When the United States actually gets serious about military matters, it attacks with overwhelming force so that there is no chance
of failure. Today that force is simply unavailable.
The Enterprise Strike Group is not so much on station preparing to attack Egypt. It's stuck. Sailing a complete Carrier Strike Group (ten ships or
so) through the Suez Canal is probably not a good idea right now. Even if their intention is completely benign (and it is because they were going to
do it anyway. They do it every six months or so and this is right on scehdule.) the Egyptians themselves, as you have so eloquently demonstrated,
would freak out and claim they were there to invade.
But you have to ask yourself, Why would they? There's no reason. It would be completely counter-productive. It would enrage the Arab world, not that
they are not in a perpetual state of rage anyway, and it would serve no good purpose. The BEST thing for the US to do right now is just chill out and
let the Egyptian military handle it. Except for some silly rhetoric from Obama, that appears to be exactly what is happening.
So, the answer is NO. No because it is physically impossible and No because it is politically impossible. It won't happen.