US Naval Update: To The Shores Of Tripoli

Tyler Durden's picture

Those who have been following our series of US naval updates will not be surprised to learn that US forces are amassing around Tripoli. The LHD-3 Kearsarge is now within striking distance, and certainly within No Fly Zone enforcement, while the CVN 65, which according to some prior reports had already passed the Suez, is waiting just on the Southern tip of the canal. This is somewhat odd as it indicates that Naval command is still split as to where the Enterprise may be needed more: Libya or off the Persian Gulf where the Vinson is keeping watch for a potential Iran escalation. Of course, should Iran flare up, it is likely that Pakistan, Afghanistan and even India could rapidly go downhill which is why the US will probably need two aircraft carriers before it considers a full on attack against Iran. But the most surprising development was the launch of all three San Diego based aircraft carriers which three weeks ago were all sitting peacefully, their crews binging in the Gaslamp District, and since moving on to new deployment areas, most of which in the Pacific theater. Which means that very soon, the US will promptly need to get the 7 aircraft carriers that are currently at home port back in commission as things are heating up faster than the US can appropriately cover.

Source: Stratfor

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bugs_'s picture

State Dept laying groundwork for the waiver in UN rez 1970 which will allow us to arm the rebels.  Its heating up.

caconhma's picture

What are the US objectives in Libya?

Are the USA ready to invade Libya and to repeat the Iraqi nightmare?

What good will no-fly zone over Libya do? Anti-Gaddafi forces could be much worst news for America than this desert Clown selling Libyan oil to the West for-free.

NOTW777's picture

really? did you hear hillary - cant do anything unless there is world consensus.

have to check with the chinese, russia, chavez, uruquay

pacu44's picture

Dont knock Uruguay... That is the bug out country of choice...

tonyw's picture

Is this "world consensus" like the "World Series" baseball??

No Bid's picture

Stockpiles at Cushing don't matter if there's any new flare in the next two weeks.  Upside risk still greater.

NOTW777's picture

weekly resistance @ 110

TradingJoe's picture

Very High Indeed! I only have April options on USO but am confident by expiration it's all over, already! Wouldn't want to roll them over, but if I have to...:)!

bob_dabolina's picture


Don't know if it's been mentioned on the boards or not but the unions in Wisconsin have been stripped of their collective bargaining rights.

NOTW777's picture

will obama send in the troops or holder to get back the rights?  holder lawsuit around the corner

bob_dabolina's picture

It would be rich if the Dems returned and got arrested, shortly thereafter a recess announced 'till 2012

New_Meat's picture

WI Senatorz still holding their breath until they turn .. er .. BLUE!

[ed. breaking:, from the AP, so we all know it is the truth.]

Michael's picture

I've been lurking on MSNBC and CNN  for a mega dose of schadenfreude and they all look like their puppy just died.

What's good for the goose, what they to us on obama care, is good for the gander.

Catullus's picture

Don't miss that CVN 76 battle group going to S. Korea for joint operations.  I smell saber rattling. 

justtotaketheedgeoff's picture

BBC reporting that three of its reporters were detained, beaten and subject to mock executions by Libyan military.



TradingJoe's picture

Not so sure they were "reporters", eh!

Randall Cabot's picture

But of course they were "reporters"-just like those "Arabs" with the British accents driving around Basra blowing shit up were.

sun tzu's picture

Maybe they should stay the hell out of a warzone. If not, then don't complain about harsh treatment

Triggernometry's picture

They'll report whatever it takes to get their public to support military action to benefit BP, duh

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

This movie is getting really good. I wonder if Gaddafi gets the nurse back or if she finds a new despot to snuggle up with.

Shhh, don't tell me how it ends. I want to be surprised.

william the bastard's picture

For the end of the movie they splice in the Scarface finale and FX Mickey Rourke into the Tony role as "The King of Africa".

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Considering all that's going on these days, at times sarcasm and satire are really very difficult to recognize.

Bastiat's picture

The nurse is working on a book contract and negotiating with skinmags for the photo spread.

Dr. Porkchop's picture

I hear Bill Clinton's been trying to get her number.

cosmictrainwreck's picture

spoken like a true novelist/screenwriter...or whatever it is you do :)

mynhair's picture

This, too, is bullish, right?  Unemployment Welfare report must be really bad.

(And Eric PlaceHolder is forcing NYC to hire morons of the right 'groups' to the NYFD.)

NOTW777's picture

does that include the black panthers

mynhair's picture

Most likely.  Need a source of fires to fight.

ExpendableOne's picture

They really don't need an aircraft carrier to enforce a no fly zone.  There are a few airbases in Italy (US & NATO) within striking range of Libya.  If there was a will to do this, they could have done it by now with or without the US Navy.  Let the Italians and French deal with Libya.

TradingJoe's picture

Yep! No "fly zone", just little INVASION!

mynhair's picture

Yep, put it on EU for this mess.  We have no business interfering.

We only have to funnel $billions to the victors - and Calypso Louie.

sun tzu's picture

EU has no business interfering either

mynhair's picture

Ok, just send Calypso Louie over.

Dr. Porkchop's picture

So that's why those bases are in Italy! All this time I'd thought there were still a few stubborn pockets of German resistance.

floydian slip's picture

haven't you seen Stripes?  They use Italy to invade Czechoslovakia with the EM-50.

Now make the bunk beds please, If we were in Germany, I would have to do it, but since its italy...

Psquared's picture

I think that is what Obama set out to do. I am beginning to think his gut reactions are usually right, but he gets bullied and pushed around and ends up caving in.

If his gut reaction was to stay out of much involvment in Egypt and Libya and let Europe deal with it he was right and he should have stuck to his guns.

sharkbait's picture

Obama's gut reaction?!!!! Please use the sarc indicator for a statement like that.  Here's is a verbatim transcript of Obama's gut reaction...."duuuuuh, can somebody fix the teleprompter"  our fearless TOTUS has no clue.

Dr. Porkchop's picture

Is there any kind of official resolution authorizing this action, or is all that passe now?

sun tzu's picture

Not since WWII. Harry Turman got rid of that pesky section of the US Constitution when he went to the UN to get permission for the Korean War.

gordengeko's picture

You have to wonder where the m-i-c gets the money for all these soon to be wars.  Oh yeah, their side kick Ben aka Ba'al that is stealing from the sleeping giant.  ??Will this sleeping giant ever wake the fuck up??  Aldous said it best...

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.


JR's picture

FLASH: Just now, Wisconsin Senate Republicans, lacking the one Democrat vote they would need for a quorum to pass the controversial budget bill, instead formed a special committee to isolate only the collective bargaining portions of the bill and passed it, not needing the budget bill requirement of 20 voters.

An identical bill now must pass the lower branch (assembly) before the governor can sign it.

The bill is said to remove most of the collective bargaining provisions for state public employees, with the exception of police and fire. It’s believed the bill, like the budget bill provisions, allows some collective bargaining related to salaries.

mynhair's picture

Took them long enough to get it on.  Those Dim union whores are worthless.

Yes_Questions's picture

Especially if they end up loosing to the Koch Whores.

velobabe's picture

we are on, like donkey kong, tyler. this is exciting†

naval grazing,

or whatever that term means.