As Egypt Decides Whether To Allow Iran Warships To Pass Suez, Here Is An Update Of US Naval Deployments

Tyler Durden's picture

While last week the focus of US naval deployment in the Middle East emphasized securing the Suez Canal in the midst of the Egyptian revolution, this week the developing story is the passage of two Iranian warships through this very canal. Not surprisingly, two US naval groups - an aircraft carrier and a big-deck amphibious warfare ship - are now situated at either end of the Red Sea, where the Iranian flotilla is supposedly located. Will the US presence be enough to prevent escalation? Since we believe that Iran has few alternatives to pulling a "wag the dog" scenario with increasing domestic protests, and an increasingly more troubled ruling class, perhaps the increased US presence in the area is geared more toward dissuading a preemptive engagement by Israel. Regardless, expect posturing to increase as Iran is now stuck in a position from which it can only lose face if it does not at least pursue the symbolic passage of the Suez canal. What happens after is unclear.

And here is the formal passage request received by Egypt:

The Egyptian government has received a request from Iran to allow two of
its navy ships to pass through the Suez Canal, according to media
reports Thursday. "We received a request this afternoon for two Iranian
warships to pass through the Suez Canal. We have not yet approved it,
Hossam Zaki, a Foreign Ministry spokesman told the Wall Street Journal.
The decision to permit passage to the ships will be made by the military
which currently runs the country in the wake of President Hosni
Mubarak's resignation last week, the reports said. Israel has condemned
Iran's plan to deploy warships to Syria as a "serious provocation.

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Caveman93's picture

Gulf of Tonkin...Dos. 

covert's picture

iran is trying to conquor the mid east and is likely to succeed. if so, the king is toast.


Cleanclog's picture

King Abdullah House of Saud?  What will the US do if Iran goes after Saudi Arabia?  That is the even bigger Q than defending Israel.  Israel will be looking at nuclear option if that SA starts to get fired up.

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

Saudia Arabia has a quite formidable military.  It has one of the best air forces in the world.  Certainly no cake walk for Iran.

spongeBOB's picture

"It has one of the best air forces in the world. "

Not really and thier army is not that great either but in a war against Iran, most of the Gulf and Arab states will be involved, not to  mention the US.

andybev01's picture

...and viola!, no more economic crisis as attention shifts to global destruction.

A favorite:

spongeBOB's picture

war is good for the economy. More green shoots.

Yen Cross's picture

Funny. You are warped. You know that? Right?

Pure Evil's picture

With crimson as the compost.

downwiththebanks's picture


Blood makes the grass grow.




Broken_Trades's picture



I work in Libya - Was there when Tunisa went over, left just as Egypt started.  Was wondering when I was going to hear this on the news:


Big Riots in Benghazi and 4 other cities today. Gunshots fired in Benghazi - Its the second biggest city in Libya.  When I drove through there about 2 months ago, there was an endless sea of construction where brand new apartments were being constructed.  Anyone can move in - Socialist paradise.  You can buy a brand new Hyundai Tucson there for 12,000 LYD for about 9000 USD.  Ghedaffi as far as I knew was keeping lots of people with money in their pockets.

Someone do an analysis on Libya please.  Need to know if I will still have a job next month :-)



gmrpeabody's picture

"It has one of the best air forces in the world."

So did the Shaw of Iran.

ArrestBobRubin's picture

Sherman can tell you it's spelled Shah.

kaiten's picture

of course iran will succeed in conquering the middle-east, but with such a help it´s no brainer

let´s sum it up:

- first, Bush handed them over Iraq, and now

- Ben is handing them over the whole middle-east

no-brainer, really

spongeBOB's picture


Iraq was considered the last line of defense against the Iranian revolution.

Pure Evil's picture

Well, if I remember correctly, the Nazis bit off more than they could chew when they conquered Western Europe, tried for North Africa, and then imploded in the Soviet Union.

My guess is, with dissent running rampant in Iran, the Iranian Mullahs have their hands full without trying to take over the Middle East.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Pure, I think "with manufactured dissent running rampant in Iran" would have been closer to the mark.

Nothing spontaneous about what is going on in the ME.

Just a massive planned de-stabilization scenario coming to a head.

And something big has to "give" to channel so much energy. I doubt Hosni's departure of a despot here or there gone will be enough.


Djirk's picture

Who has their hands full? Iraq, Afghanistan......

Djirk's picture

Who has their hands full? Iraq, Afghanistan......

Japhy Ryder's picture

You people need to see the bigger picture.

This is about the poor Shi'ite people repressed by the rich Sunni, which maybe finally ending.

Iran is THE Shi'ite led Country.  Iraq just became one.  Lebanon is becoming one.  Saudi Arabia, with a Shi'ite majority will soon have an uprising.

USA loves Sunni's because we paid them all off.

Make no mistake, this is the overdue Shi'ite uprising. 


Stuart's picture

who is more repressive towards women, Sunni or Shi'ite?  

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Reischtag, Pearl Harbour, Ton 'Kin, WTC ('93), Murrow Building, WTC ('01), Shoe Bomber, London 7/7, Underwear bomber, CIA building....

Careless Whisper's picture

naval deployments? pfffftt. better to keep track of google deployments.


frippy's picture

Solid list and I must add Operation Northwoods and The Tuskegee Experiment.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

"Failed":  Portland Christmas Tree, Times Square, and operation Northwoods

TeamAmerica's picture

Pearl Harbor?   Except for the Reichstag your whole list is BS anyway...but Pearl Harbor, as if you think the Japanese just claimed that they bombed it?   And I suppose Hitler didn't really declare war on the USA either...

downwiththebanks's picture

You're a liar and propagandist.

bankonzhongguo's picture

Strait of Hormuz is a vastly more fragile shipping corridor.  There's more than 500 Haiying/Sadsack/indigenous anti-ship missiles across the Iranian coast.  Why everyone gets their panties in a bunch on this 2 ship Love Boat deal is beyond me.

Pure Evil's picture

Maybe, just because, Saudi Arabia is building pipelines to the Red Sea?

Lower Class Elite's picture

I rode an old steam destroyer through the Straits during Desert Storm. No CIWS, just Killer Cooks on .50 cals and two 18 year old Army grunts with Stingers. We had live missiles on the rails and pointed to starboard, ready to shoot. I just remember thinking how beautifully stark the Iranian coastline was and how utterly fucked we would be if anyones trigger finger twitched. No time to react, just watch the pretty white contrails arch towards your ship. Other than the free-floating mines, that was by far the sketchiest, scariest part of that whole deployment for me. I don't care how awesome your technology or weapons systems are, the Straits of Hormuz is a dangerous place. Of course, the Suez Canal is no place to get in a shootout either...

Arthor Bearing's picture

What do you think the USS Abraham Lincoln is doing in Singapore? Left a hot area in the Middle East to go there too

Carl Spackler's picture

Sailor rest and morale building?

Harmonious_Dissonance's picture

A nice escalation of wars in the middle east and a new season of Jersey Shore is just what the doctor ordered to deflect attention from the insane food price increases.

mynhair's picture

Egypt is waiting for that US check to clear, as referenced in an earlier thread.

It bounces, and Israel steps up to the plate.

I am so sick of the Mid-East, I would welcome a glass factory.

MsCreant's picture

You don't have a straw long enough to drink that milkshake. We need that milkshake.

Hephasteus's picture

Yup. Cause drilling for oil is not fun when you are on chemo drugs. It's pretty physical stuff. Not something the wheelchair and walker brigade can handle well.

Bastiat's picture

Won't be a reaction: everyone in the m/e will be in a coma soon:

Rumours Honsi Mubarak may be in a coma

Read more:

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Former Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali suffered a stroke and was in a coma in a Saudi Arabian hospital, a French online journalist reported.

Read more:



Dont Taze Me Bro's picture

That's crazy if it turns out to be true. You'd think with the billions they stole, they'd have better personal security.

If I was an ex-m/e dictator right now, I'd be extra cautious in taking any food or drinks from strangers. Heck, don't eat or drink anything that's not pre-packaged and bought from random stores.

serotonindumptruck's picture

You too can be a "food-taster" for one of the elite. Granted, the job may only pay about $20 an hour, but hey, the food is probably quite delicious, even if it is poisoned.

andybev01's picture


Reminds me of the mid-80's when a string of Soviet leaders succumbed to the 'flu'.

Bringin It's picture

Happens all the time.

Hours before Casey was scheduled to testify before Congress related to his knowledge of Iran-Contra, he was reported to have been rendered incapable of speech, and was later hospitalized.

gwar5's picture

We have a secret weapon, it's called Obama. He will charm them and promise not to pat down muslims.

mynhair's picture

Therein lies the problem.

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

Neville Chamberlain comes to mind... "peace in our time."

gmrpeabody's picture

Rodney..."can't we all just get along?"

Terminus C's picture

"Don't taze me bro..."