The temperature in the Eastern Med. is definately rising and judging by the evidence, a possible US-Israel and Iran conflict is now more apparent than ever. According to a report on today’s defencenet an impressive US military force has assembled at the entrance of the Strait of Hormuz
The report said that the aircraft carrier battle group CVN USS of John C. Stennis consisting of the cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) Class Ticonderoga, the destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), USS Dewey (DDG-105), USS Kidd (DDG-100), USS Milius (DDG-69) Arleigh Burke class and the frigate USS Jarrett (FFG-33) class Oliver Hazard Perry, is a force that cannot be battled with from the Iranian side.
With three old British frigates, one domestic one Iran poses no threat to the US Navy, but the onshore missiles on the islands Abu Musa at the mouth of the Gulf are more than a threat! (This last bit of information is indeed a scary thought).
Meanwhile US-Isreali military exercises are planned to begin immediately. The report said that Lieutenant General Frank Gorenc commander of US Air Force stationed in Europe (USAFE) recently visited Israel and finalized the last details which include the provision and development of thousands of American soldiers in Israel.
The scale of the exercises are unprecedented. US forces are apparently going to deploy a command center in Israel, and will transfer elements of the anti-ballistic system THAAD here, which will act jointly with the relevant Israeli Iron Dome and Arrow.
A separate article on the DEBKAfile claims that Saudi Arabia warned Washington that Iranian leaders mean what they
say; and that this Middle Eastern country is bent on provoking a military clash with the
US at a time and place of its choosing, rather than leaving
the initiative to Washington. The whole region, is now on tenterhooks for the next move, with US,
Iranian and Gulf armies on the highest war alert.
Washington sources report that Saudi Arabia
has warned the Obama administration that Iranian leaders mean what they
say; their leaders are bent on provoking a military clash with the
United States at a time and place of their choosing, rather than leaving
the initiative to Washington. To this end, Iranian officials are
ratcheting up their belligerence day after day.
Notwithstanding their military inferiority, the Iranians believe they
can snatch a measure of success from a military confrontation, just as
the Lebanese Hizballah did in the 2006 war against Israel. In any case,
they expect any clash to be limited – at least at first. The two sides
will begin by feeling for the opposite side’s weaknesses while
endeavoring to hold the line against a full-blown war.
America’s failure to rise to Iran’s challenge will confirm its rulers
in the conviction that the US is a paper tiger and encourage them to
press their advantage for new gains.
The assessment of British military experts Thursday, Jan. 5, was that
the question now is: Who will blink first? Will the US follow through on
the Pentagon’s assertion that the deployment of US military assets in
the Persian Gulf will continue as it has for decades? Or will Iran act
on its warnings and block those waters to the entry of American
President Barack Obama can’t afford to cave in to Iran, especially
while campaigning for reelection in Nov. 2012; Tehran, for its part, has
made too many threats to easily back down.
The entire region is now on tenterhooks for the next move, with US,
Iranian and Gulf armies on the highest war alert. American and Iranian
war planners both accept that their advantage lies in surprising the
enemy – without, however, catapulting the Persian Gulf into a full-dress