US Naval Update: CVN 65 Enterprise Abandons Libya, Reinforces CVN 70 Vinson In Straits Of Hormuz

Tyler Durden's picture

Wonder why the administration made such a stink of reducing the US airborne presence around Libya, and handing it off to France, Italy, Canada and Turkey? Here's the answer: the CVN65 Enterprise which last week was within striking distance of Libya, has quietly left the Red Sea and is now virtually swimming in the wake of CVN 70 Vinson in the Strait of Hormuz. Because obviously whatever is about to happen in the Persian Gulf will need not one but two aircraft carrier formations. And meanwhile in Japan the Washington is doing all it can to put radiation free miles between itself and Fukushima, even as the Essex, chock full of marines is sitting on the coast waiting for orders.

Source: Stratfor

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fajensen's picture

Hah - If you used a recent Intel CPU to post this, it was developed in Haifa, Israel! Too much Chinese-made flouride in 'merican drinking water.

Islamic banking is just another marketing fraud: They charge you a FEE upfront which just happens to be the same as the regular interest paid for the duration of the loan had you taken a normal "western style" loan. Merely not using the word "interest" makes it all.  "halal"

falak pema's picture

I thought 'halal' banking was profit sharing only if there was risk sharing...

Pseudo Anonym's picture

stop bashing Jews just cause they are smarter than everyone else

I respectfully disagree with that statement.  All one has to have is a criminal mind and no guilt to backstab.  It has nothing to do with smarts.  No different than italian, russian, chinese, etc. mafia.  Banking is a racket run by hofjuden for their masters; not for other jews, or jews in general.  Your jewish neighbour or fellow worker is getting it up the ass just like the rest of us.

MSimon's picture

You have to wonder about those Saudis though.

Attitude_Check's picture

Nope,

Iranians, about to come to the aid of their Shia brethren in Bahrain.  That will shut-down the Gulf, and REALLY F*&*&^K with oil and the world economy!

oogs66's picture

they would have come to help their brothers in Libya but for some reason Nato already decided to help them

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

Only the brown ones being pimped by Allah.

waterdog's picture

If this does not mean death at your doorstep, then I don't know what does.

 

impending doom's picture

My bulldogge concurs w/ your waterdog.

JimS's picture

Death at my doorstep, and S & P shoots to the

 moon on monday morning. Gotta love it, huh?

Eternal Student's picture

Death at your doorstep? I'm sorry, but it's more than just that. People are just so trained still to believe what TPTB say (and don't say) that they aren't seeing what's going on. Gerald Celente described it well today over at King World News:

 

http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/Broadcast/Entries/2011/3/26_Geral...

This is war which is going on; at least the opening shots.  A resource war, IMO. And is what usually happens in a Depression.

Citxmech's picture

Check out Michael Klare's Resource Wars for a playbook on what's going on right now.   WWIII will probably be the last global war - and it will be a doosy...

Oh regional Indian's picture

WWIII IS the last global war and it IS a doozy.

It's ongoing mate. Whey bother with global bombs and such when you have good old "depleted" uranium and soem good, helpful winds doing the job fer yer?

ORI

Selah's picture

 

"whatever is about to happen in the Persian Gulf" will need Saudi approval for airspace. That, or Iran's approval... The Gulf ain't big enough for flight patterns solely over water.

 

Matte_Black's picture

Yeah. That's what I'm looking at. Right there between SA and Iran like that....wtf?

Maybe I'm slow, but I don't get it... why?

Iran has been very upset about events in Bahrain...

hm.... dunno

IEVI's picture

Shiite majority in Bahrain is revolting(supported by Iran) against the Sunni ruling party. If they are successful, the revolts could spill over into Saudi Arabia and threaten the Sunni ruling party there. Ultimately it could be not only a threat to the Saudi oil reserves, but also a threat to the utilization of the US dollar for the purchase oil. US dollar is the reserve currency of the world because the majority of the oil producers demand payment in dollars.

j0nx's picture

Why are you telling US this? We already know this. You act like what you're saying here is some sweet nugget of info that only you are privy to.

RichardP's picture

You sound like a puppy trying to bark.

arnoldsimage's picture

the u.s. doesn't need approval from anyone. they do as they want. we print approval forms.

Selah's picture

Good point!

$20/gal gasoline doesn't seem too bad as long as we are the "big dog".

 

Yen Cross's picture

You are messing around with well read traders.

Lets_Eat_Ben's picture

Many people are wondering if this NA/ME unrest might escalate and eventually become WW3, but is it possible that WW3 started about a six weeks ago?

Natasha Fatale's picture

Yeah, I have a funny feeling that WWIII has begun, but it will be a good 3 months or so before it is actually declared.

I wonder what definitive event of the past 6 weeks, akin to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, will be pointed to in history books as the spark that started it all?

Suggestions?

Selah's picture

 

The dude in Tunisia set himself on fire...

 

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I hope wiki starts by reading, 'Bouazizi had the biggest balls of all time.  Of all time!'

Selah's picture

 

Seriously!

Who says that "one man can't make a difference"?

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

one man can't make a difference

In old English font, this is a tat on Barack's ass cheek.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Self-immolation has a downside -- huge carbon-footprint.  </sarc>

Yen Cross's picture

Natachia (sp)ill wag your tail,and sliide it into #3. Get Bright!!!

Matte_Black's picture

If Fantasia is right then you most surely have hit it. Brilliant.

Of course, then there is the 'real' reason.

Oil. Nukes in Iran.Hm. I wonder.

Hope that's wrong though.

Elliott Eldrich's picture

It's something that happened December 17, 2010, so that's a little outside of your time window, but if I had to pick one event as being the beginning of all of this, the "Archduke Ferdinand" moment, if you will, I'd say a good candidate is the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi of Tunisia.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Bouazizi

gmj's picture

Some possibilities:

Iran, North Korea, and China working together on nuclear weapons and anti-ship  missiles.  The Saudis are distrustful of the Iranians.  We protect the Saudi royal family.  Google Carter Doctrine.

Iranian anti-ship missiles deployed along the Strait of Hormuz.

Leverage middle eastern unrest by destabilizing the Iranian regime.

Why do we protect the Saudis?  Oil.  Why do we need such a gigantic military?  Oil.  Oil for blood, blood for oil.  I wonder how much longer we can afford this addiction.

Just a guess.  I don't know anything, I swear.  Please, no black helicopters!

spacecadet's picture

Don't forget our huge military also backs the dollar.

dark pools of soros's picture

yes - it hasn't changed since we made the deal with the Saudis.  Neither one of us can back out or the shit really hits the fan

JR's picture

Since the 1978 strategy assessment from the U.S. Joint Chiefs, the two American priorities in the Middle East have been specifically illuminated: “Continuous access to petroleum resources and the survival of Israel. Thus, the gathering of carrier groups.

And with U.S. puppet regimes threatening to fall like dominoes, Israel is likely the Administration’s main worry.

Already, the Administration rhetoric supporting Israel is getting tougher.

On the Israel-Hamas exchanges, the Administration ( Obama, Hilliary and Gates, etc.) speaks with one voice.  And that voice belongs to Dennis B. Ross, special assistant to the President and Senior Director for the region that includes the Middle East.

Ross is now coming under widening criticism for his Israel policy influence in light of connections with war hawks like neocon Wolfowitz while in the Pentagon and AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby) and other U.S. Jewish groups.

It’s widely understood that Ross is AIPAC’s personal representative in the Obama Administration,  co-founding the AIPAC group, the “Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). His first WINEP paper (Wikipedia) called for a “non-Arabist special Middle East envoy” who would “not feel guilty about our relationship with Israel.” And, subsequently, President Bill Clinton named Ross Middle East envoy.

Ross’s Jewish heritage (Jewish mother and Jewish religious group organizer…co-founder of Kol Shalom synagogue in Rockville, MD, and his existing ties to AIPAC) is creating the bias in America’s support of Israel.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democracy Now! reports, criticized Palestinian militants for "terrorism and targeting of civilians." But when it came to Palestinian civilian deaths by the U.S.-armed Israeli military, Clinton said only that the U.S. extends "sincere condolences."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "The United States is committed to Israel’s security, and we strongly condemn this violence and extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected. We also strongly condemn recent rocket attacks from Gaza against innocent Israeli civilians and hold fully responsible the militants perpetrating these attacks. And I join President Obama in extending our sincere condolences to the friends and families of the Palestinian civilians killed in Gaza yesterday and appreciate that Israel has expressed regret."

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/24/headlines/admin_takes_differing_stance_on_killings_of_israeli_palestinian_civilians

 Israel News on March 24, wrote upon his arrival in Israel that US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates “praised the Jewish people's resilience and stressed Israel has a right to ‘bring justice to the perpetrators of these repugnant attacks.

“The defense secretary stated the US's commitment to Israel was unshakable and noted the government aims to guarantee Israel's military capabilities.”

gmj's picture

JR, I understand why we spend money and blood for oil.  The Western way of life ceases to exist without oil.  I'm not sure why we are so committed to Israel.  I admire the Israelis greatly for their cleverness and toughness.  But that doesn't explain the US-Israel relationship.  I've heard all the conspiracy theories.  My guess is they have intelligence and surveillance capabilities that are vital to our decision makers.  

Another thing I don't understand is why the US is so heavily committed to the Middle East and Central Asia, when most of our oil comes from Mexico and Canada.  I suppose we are protecting the energy sources for our European allies.  Also, if we provided "stability" in those areas, the global price of energy would be minimized.  But our presence over there is anything but stabilizing.  Can it be that our policies don't actually make sense from a strictly US perspective?  I have no answer.

Sathington Willougby's picture

No it's not to support the "western way of life".

It's to burn out as much oil as possible creating as many transactions as possible on the way to support the "banking cartel way of life".

$ Oil-> $ Middle East military machine -> $ oil

WITH EVERYTHING BOUGHT ON CREDIT OF COURSE

so pay your SERVICE to the bankers.  Your sons and daughters dying along the way and a stomach load of semen and shit is all you have to swaller, every fucking day SLAVE.

IEVI's picture

As long as the ME nations keep selling oil in dollars..the dollar remians the world reserve currency and the bankers profit.

spacecadet's picture

Don't know why you get junked for the truth.

oogs66's picture

Maybe Japan will be smart enough to realize that the oil market completely misprices long term risk and sign up exclusivity agreements with Canada to secure long term safe supplies.  It would be about par for the course as America runs around the world picking and choosing where to flex its muscles and takes for granted the contributions of their closest allies. 

MSimon's picture

 I'm not sure why we are so committed to Israel.

 

It is where the brains are. Intel, Motorola, Big Pharma. Etc. Now if the Arabs had any brains....

Hulk's picture

Mexico on the cusp of being a net  oil importer, due in large part to the collapse in production at Cantarell...

moneymutt's picture

what's the collapse due to? running dry, mismanagement?

 

 

gmj's picture

Both.  The Mexican gov't cash-cows the oil industry, and doesn't maintain infrastructure or search for new fields.  The Cantarell field is running dry.  The oil industry provides 40% of Mexico's federal budget.  Prepare for more "undocumented" tourists.

tired1's picture

Your answer is hidden in plain sight, it's just too ugly to digest. I was in your 'shoes' not too long ago and understand your situation.

You will most likely become upset when the reality becomes more clear.

Alea Iacta Est's picture

Having worked in a certain community for years as a mid-east analyst and arabic linguist, my impression is the following:

1.  Our support of Israel is critical to our 'raison d'etre' in the middle east. It gives us a reason to intervene in the region and put boot on top of some of the largest oil reserves in the world.

2.  The Israeli's have nuclear weapons and the capabilty of placing them on target anywhere in the region.  Those weapons are not primarily focused on Arab population centers.  Those weapons are aimed at the oil fields and refineries in a theory of "if we go, we take the oil with us."

Therefore, it is in our interest to protect the Israeli's.

There are myriad other reasons these das but those two sum up much of my experience.

moneymutt's picture

does the change in regimes in Mideast change Israels influence on us?