I Guess This is the Bush Administrations version of "Diplomacy"
The U.S. is going back to its old ways.... using its military strength (the only strength that the Superpower has left) to solve disputes. They should know by now that this does not work.
It's interesting that the Iraq Study Group just called for the U.S. to reach out diplomatically to Iran, and within days, the Bush administration rejects that idea and is instead deciding to rely on the military to deal with Iran.
I am convinced that the Bush administration is a lost cause.... perpetually hopeless, and a danger to Peace. Nothing that has happened over the past few months has changed the direction of the White House. Bush and his crew have decided to Stay The Course.... a doomed course, with a dead end.
This Navy buildup will be more than just an Aircraft carrier.... that's a misleading part of the report. What the report leaves out is that the buildup will also include all the the ships that go with that Aircraft carrier- Called a "Battle Group". A Battle Group= roughly 10-15 ships or more depending on the Mission.
However, the number of ships is far less than what would be needed for an actual attack against Iran. That would require at least 4 or 5 Carrier Battle groups. So an attack is probably unlikely anytime soon.
US to warn Iran with naval buildup in Gulf
19 Dec 2006 03:28:31 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The Pentagon is planning a major buildup of U.S. naval forces in and around the Gulf as a warning to Iran, CBS News reported on Monday.
A senior Defense Department official told Reuters the report was "premature" and appeared to be drawing "conclusions from assumptions." The official did not know of plans for a major change in naval deployment.
Another Defense Department official called the report "speculative" and a Pentagon spokeswomen declined to comment.
Citing unidentified military officers, CBS said the plan called for the deployment of a second U.S. aircraft carrier to join the one already in the region.
The network said the buildup, which would begin in January, was not aimed at an attack on Iran but to discourage what U.S. officials view as increasingly provocative acts by Tehran.
The report said Iranian naval exercises in the Gulf, its support for Shi'ite militias in Iraq and Iran's nuclear program were causes for concern among U.S. officials.
This report is right in line with previous reports on Iran.
Previous Blog Entries
Scott Ritter Discusses Possible U.S. Attack Against Iran
Iran Given Deadline
Earlier Report from Seymour Hersh
U.S. Moves Closer to an Attack on Iran
U.S. Seeking Confrontation