As US Ships Approach, US Embassy In Egypt Denies Move Presages "Imminent US Invasion"

Tyler Durden's picture

With the situation in Egypt continuing to border on sheer chaos, many wonder what approach the US will take, so far having demonstrated its inability to decide how to swallow the humiliation of having a US-backed regime get swept away in a military coup while it continues supporting the country with both money and weapons. But while the State Department dithers, its head busy boating somewhere off the coast of Massachussetts, the US military is not wasting much time, and appears to be amassing a naval presence just off the coast of Egypt. No need to worry, though: Egypt's Ahram reports that "the US Embassy in Egypt denied Saturday that US naval vessels near Egypt's shores are sent in preparation for military action. A top Marine Corps general said Thursday that two US marine vessels approached Egypt's Red Sea shore, raising concerns in the Egyptian media about an imminent military move."

"We deny false claims in the Egyptian press that US naval ships are in the vicinity of the Arabian Peninsula and the Suez Canal to militarily invade Egypt," read a statement issued on the US embassy's website.


Alas, since the US lately does not have a great track record with either telling the truth, or being honest about which country it is about to "militarily invade", one can see why ordinary Egyptians, who have no idea on whose side the US is currently, may be worried.

More from Ahram:

The statement  went on to say that the United States regularly deploys forces near the Arabian Peninsula and that US vessels regularly pass through Egypt's Suez Canal en route to the Indian Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea.

 

US Marine Corps officials said the two ships, part of a three-ship amphibious readiness group, has been in the region since May, patrolling the Red Sea, Horn of Africa, the Gulf and the Arabian Sea. The third ship is offshore Bahrain.

 

They went on to assert there were no new orders to prepare for a possible conflict in Egypt.

 

Moving amphibious ships closer to the coast would enable easier movement of helicopters and other equipment, if needed in a country  now in ferment, navy officials said.

The US Embassy's full statement can be found here. The Pentagon Press Sec went one better and called all such reports "absolutely wrong"

Using biblical logic, all that is needed to confirm an imminent invasion of Egypt would be just one more denial.

Joking aside, it is a given that preserving the Suez Canal is of paramount importance for the US, if not so much for a quick transit access for cargo between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, but to preserve access to the US 5th Naval Fleet based in Bahrain. Because once that is cut off, there goes quick and easy naval support for Israel operations in and around Iran.

Finally, it appears that the marine fleet in question currently parked by Egypt is the LHD-3 Kearsarge which has a fleet of helicopters and 2000 marines on board, and which was by the Suez two weeks ago, and which as recently as this Wednesday was located by the Straits of Hormuz according to the latest Stratfor Naval map. The same Kearsarge that played a key role in the Libyan coup two years ago.

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FreedomGuy's picture

This is the problem when you take sides in the chaotic Middle East. I say stand aside and let them sort it out in each country.

IridiumRebel's picture

Yep, gotta jam our dick into all things ME. 

Skateboarder's picture

Alex, I'll take "What's the difference between jelly and jam?" for $400.

WmMcK's picture

Jello moves when you eat it.

Oops, confused jelly with jello and jam with JAP.

Too much alcohol too quickly.

mjcOH1's picture

Religion of peace.

Amphibious assault ships of peace.

 

It's all good.

FreedomGuy's picture

Soooo this is what a Nobel Peace Prize looks like?

jbvtme's picture

where is the usa getting the resources to fight all these wars?

stock trout's picture

Look in the mirror while holding your kids and grandkids. 

smlbizman's picture

all u guys jump to so many wrong conclusions....if u did any reasearch, u would find that the red snapper run has started there.....

asteroids's picture

Good fuking grief. Half the world was destabalized when the Chairsatan went on his lunatic policy of rates to zero and commodatiy prices to the moon. This is the direct cause of the "Arab Spring".  Now Obozo wants to make it 10 times worse by sending in the Marines? What a clusterfuck. These people have no sense of reality. Their luck will run out some day.

e_goldstein's picture

No need to be concerned, it's just the leading wedge of John Kerry's yacht club flotilla.

FinalCollapse's picture

Any US invasion of Egypt (even limited in scope) would be an act of unbelievable stupidity. It will not work - as simple as that.

This would be interesting to watch if Egypt closed the Suez Canal to US military: what the pussy in WH would do? 

Do we really need our military over there??? It's not about oil supplies to US - we import less and can get the rest from Canada and other non-ME countries.

FreedomGuy's picture

I prefer the humorous comments but to be serious, we actually always have ships in that region. They are naturally going to move towards any conflicts we want to watch. What is important is what we DO. I am not sure what message we would want to send or if we might be prepared to evacuate embassies (preferably before they are burned down and everyone killed this time) in the event of chaos, but I would be careful not to overread the situation.

Our problem is the unpredictability of our fearless leader, Barry and his Secretary of State, Lurch. Who the hell really knows what they will do and why?

FinalCollapse's picture

I prefer the humorous comments too - they are much more effective. Sadly, this time around I couldn't come up with anything funny. While I agree with you that they are likely getting ready to evacuate the embassies, at the same time I worry about the unlimitted ability of 'O' to screw everything up. Each time I think we hit the bottom, Obozo suprises me.

Pain Train's picture

Wayyy too much hand wringing here about an American "invasion of Egypt." The US military assets are being moved in to do one thing and one thing only...to make sure there are no monkeyshines, tomfoolery, or shenanigans regarding the Suez Canal. PERIOD. 

Bringin It's picture

Right, because the owners need it that way.

Joking aside, it is a given that preserving the Suez Canal is of paramount importance for the US, if not so much for a quick transit access for cargo between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, but to preserve access to the US 5th Naval Fleet based in Bahrain. Because once that is cut off, there goes quick and easy naval support for Israel operations in and around Iran.

Sick. Sick Sick.  Die bankster empire die.

Freedom Isnt Cheap's picture

When I was in the Navy back in the late 80's early 90's on an aircraft carrier it was always nerve racking transiting the Suez Canal and we were always put on high alert general quarters. We crammed as many aircraft into the hangers (F-14's in my day) and shut the hanger doors to protect them. We would be so close you could practically jump from the flight deck to the ground and we worried about grenades, mortars, ect. Our Marines would man the rails with 50 cals. Scary passing through because you feel very vulnerable to attacks. 

Having Marines right now stationed off of Egypts coast is a common sense move should they need to evacuate the Embassy. Best and fastest way to do that is to have Helicopters and Marines close by to fly to the Embassy, load up people, and fly them to the ship.

Evacuating to the airport by driving themselves there would not be an option because at tha point if they have determined to evacuate the Embassy things have gotten to dangerous to drive to the airport and too dangerous for us to have a US plane parked on the tarmack.

Yes, we would never allow the Suez canal to be shut down to us hence why we continue to support the Egyptian military as they at this point rule the country and have the means to shut it down to us.

By the way, has anybody ever checked to see what Egypt charges the US Navy to transit the Suez Canal? Back in the early 90's rumor on my carrier was it was a million dollars one way passage.

 

 

otto skorzeny's picture

it's egypt's canal - let them do what they want with it. I don't care for O but not doing shit beats doing something and fucking it up like the neocon Zionists  like to do.

WarriorClass's picture

The war on America is working very well, why not Egypt?

http://americandictators.blogspot.com/

Meat Hammer's picture

I'm confused....who are we attacking?

Shell Game's picture

Any and all threats to the Petrodollar.  For example, all who would trade goods/services for precious metals....................oh shit.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"This is the problem when you take sides in the chaotic Middle East. I say stand aside and let them sort it out in each country."

Which we'd gladly do if it weren't for three things - OIL, Israel (related to OIL), and the Suez Canal.

Tinky's picture

Calling Nassim Taleb.

johnconnor's picture

it doesn't look like a Carnival cruise ship either....

FreedomGuy's picture

If it is on fire or drifting it might be just a new design.

StarTedStackin''s picture

Obama's most likely turning the ship over to the Muslim Brotherhood, who he has already given billions......

Spider's picture

Obama doesnt support the muslim brotherhood - they support the Egyptian military.  They just cant make it seem that way to the Egyptian people b/c they all hate the US.

The Egyptian military aint pulling no coup if the US didnt give them permission - this is all a smokescreen to put the US guys in charge in Egypt because they are all the same military guys from the Mubarak regime...

gmrpeabody's picture

"Obama doesnt support the muslim brotherhood"

That's your first miscalculation...

ziggy59's picture

Someone in the Navy is getting married, invitation only.....yeah..thats it..no invasion if we were there already...
These assholes sending our military to other countries need to be stopped before anymore innocent populations get 'visited'...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Morsi gave Iran passage thru Suez Canal for access to Mediterran and Atlantic. And access to Syria and Hezbollah.

Bibi and TPTB are very unhappy. This is now being corrected via 2nd Spring.

Not that I expect it, but don't be too shocked with another Gulf of Tonkin false flag event happens, and we're off to the races.

otto skorzeny's picture

I thought Morsi wanted to send Egyptian military to aid Syrian " rebels" and egypt's army wanted no part of that shit. If that's the case I find it hard to believe Morsi would help out Assad's buddies in Iran. I also think the assholes in Israel and their US neocon flunkies have a grand plan for the 12 tribes to take over more ME territory- plus they get their greedy fucking mits on Iran's oil and NG.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I agree 100% on your Big Picture for ME:  Weaken the area, and allow only one country to emerge as undisputed regional super-power.  Which can they dominate or control the energy supply and lanes. 

Until that happens, the US (as the biggest kid in global school yard) can/will continue to run interference or conduct wars of proxy.  [sigh]  Will America ever learn?  Or be allowed to?

 

p.s.  Here is where I read the Morsi/Suez/Iran article: http://osnetdaily.com/2013/07/egyptian-coup-could-cut-iran-off-suez-cana....

pps The osnetdaily site seems to have some very interesting articles, some of them feel a bit like CIA's Psy Ops propaganda.  Just my impression.

FreedomGuy's picture

Is John Kerry there on his yatch actively monitoring the situation, too?

FreedomGuy's picture

There might be a large tax deduction for using the personal yatch on business with the fleet that could save him big bucks...sort of like using your car for company business, right? Then he could afford to park it back in his home state and pay the leftist taxes.

IridiumRebel's picture

He was seen on his catamaran just off the coast. The yacht is circling. Champagne is iced. 

FreedomGuy's picture

Would he have illegal assault weapons on board for security? Check the size of those magazines in the security detail. No need for more than 15 rounds.

krispkritter's picture

No, he'll be leading from behind again, always playing ketchup...

djsmps's picture

When will his wife go critical again?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Gunboat Diplomacy a la 2013.

<Now where did I put that Big Stick?>

Meat Hammer's picture

Cog, have you read Imperial Cruise?  I just finished and now have a better understanding of the man that Teddy Roosevelt was not.

Yen Cross's picture

 

"Imminent US Invasion" of F-16s and F-18 super hornets, for the Egyptian Military to proxy stability, of the Suez canal.

  The spice must flow!

Payne's picture

Landing Marines would make matters worse not better.  If you think Afganistan looks bad wait to see how bad we can screw this up too.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"If you think Afganistan looks bad wait to see how bad we can screw this up too."

It does comfort us somewhat to believe that our government is incompetent or just plain stupid. You know, just a bunch of screw ups. Better that than deliberately malicious and personally dangerous.

Yen Cross's picture

 Who ever junked you must work for Tesla/Boeing.  That was a great comment!

RockyRacoon's picture

There are factions of both the incompetent and the malicious in our gov't.  Problems are two: 1. Which is working for which, and, 2. Seeing what the outcome differences are from either.

shovelhead's picture

I vote for both.

Stupid and incompetent relieves my anxiety about them being malicious and dangerous and I stay on an even keel with my level of disgust.

Volatility is tiring.