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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amusedobserver's picture

Stupid, definitely.

"We deny false claims in the Egyptian press...."  therefore admitting the claims are true!

Things that go bump's picture

What is to prevent them from being maliciously stupid.

Long-John-Silver's picture

I thought that was SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).

DosZap'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.

Amen,just what we need another frioggin Trashcanistan,has this admin not gotten t he message, you do not WIN other nations civil wars?,when your opponents do not care if they die, you will never,ever,ever win!,are 6000++++ dead American soldiers and countless civies enough?.Can't even AFFORD to take care of them when they are maimed for life, and will not in most cases.

Missiondweller's picture

Not a surprise. The Suez Canal is an important waterway and the US Navy's usual role is to maintain commerce (oil) and open waterways.

disabledvet's picture

Phuck the Suez canal. Phuck the middle east. Phuck the war on terror. Phuck Israel. Phuck the oil bullshit. Phuck Goldman Sachs. Phuck the media. did I miss anything? thank God for Elon Musk. thank God for Tesla. thank God for Amazon. thank God for netflix thank God for oracle and Larry Ellison. thank God for North Dakota and that Hamm dude. I will be voting for the Governor of North Dakota for President should he run although I really like our kid from Kentucky and our wild man from Florida. and stop bankrupting the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps! we all already know "the war" is going through an adjustment phase. needless to say those Branches of Service and those Service Chiefs aren't going anywhere. EVER. (that's a nice way of say all of us will be doing the adjusting around "it.")

Long-John-Silver's picture

Ask the British how well they did the last time they took control of the Suez.

It was that event that let everyone know the British Empire was at it's end.  If the USA gets involved the same thing will happen to them. Some of US already know the American Empire has peaked and is in rapid decline but getting tangled in this web will signal everyone the USA is just a paper tiger and they will come after it with lit torches.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"Ask the British how well they did the last time they took control of the Suez.

It was that event that let everyone know the British Empire was at it's end.  If the USA gets involved the same thing will happen to them."

What, someone will stop us in the way we stopped the Brits and the French?  We aren't that far gone... yet.  

Long-John-Silver's picture

The Brits thought they were still in control and "not that far gone" as well.

cosmictrainwreck's picture

ya mean they knew how to "spin" a story even back then?? ha! methinks it may be an old tradition among the power/gummint/elite whatevers...

Winston Smith 2009's picture

Nah, the Brits had already lost their entire empire by the time the little Suez thing came up.  I highlighted the most interesting bit:

"In July 1956, Nasser unilaterally nationalised the Suez Canal. The response of Anthony Eden, who had succeeded Churchill as Prime Minister, was to collude with France to engineer an Israeliattack on Egypt that would give Britain and France an excuse to intervene militarily and retake the canal.[176] Eden infuriated US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, by his lack of consultation, and Eisenhower refused to back the invasion.[177] Another of Eisenhower's concerns was the possibility of a wider war with the Soviet Union after it threatened to intervene on the Egyptian side. Eisenhower applied financial leverage by threatening to sell US reserves of the British pound and thereby precipitate a collapse of the British currency.[178] Though the invasion force was militarily successful in its objectives,[179] UN intervention and US pressure forced Britain into a humiliating withdrawal of its forces, and Eden resigned.

Bringin It's picture

Winston - Funny you can't see the analogy.  Lot's of people can and will be dumping treasuries.

The US is in retreat Y/N? 

They're chopping up armor in Afgahnistan to sell for pennies on the pound, just so they can get out of Dodge before the FRN dies.

IridiumRebel's picture

I'm going to compile a list of all the things we could do to further undermine our international standing because I believe at this point that those in power are trying to turn us from world police into world asshole. 

Yen Cross's picture

  Thanks for your kind comment on another thread IridiumRebel.    Back at you+1

IridiumRebel's picture

it was a great post. Credit where credit is due, sir. 

Yen Cross's picture

    Let's keep it informal. 'YEN' is fine.  BTW, I've learned reams of great ideas from you.

IridiumRebel's picture

I always liked your posts...pucker up buttercup! Call me IR, Yen.

Yen Cross's picture

  IR it is.  I'm still laughing...

Yen Cross's picture

  I didn't junk you.  Pee<Body   Hows that basement treating you?

greatbeard's picture

>> from world police into world asshole.

Them damn baby boomers are at it again.  Oh, if only Gen (X or Y or Z) were in control.

Conchy Joe's picture

They played their part when they voted. The USA doubling down on assholeness is on them as well.

They Hoped that we could Change into a MEGA-DICKHEAD-NATION

Forward Comrades!

 

gdogus erectus's picture

"I believe at this point that those in power are trying to turn us from world police into world asshole. "

All by design. Get the rest of the world (and even ourselves) to think that we are fat, lazy arrogant, stupid people that deserve what we get when UN troops fire on us during Marshall law. Same reason for Snowden's calculated leaks. Piss off our friends. Next thing they'll do is drain America's gold to make sure we can't play in the new gold backed currency game thats' coming....

Drachma's picture

Looks like another nobel peace prize awaiting the peace-loving Obama.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

And our best friends in the Galaxy are preemptively busy with mine-sweeper exercises: http://rt.com/news/israel-attack-syrian-port-041/

"US officials have revealed that explosions reported at a key Syrian port on July 5 were likely the result of an Israeli airstrike."

 

Bringin It's picture

RT says Israel is smoozing with GazProm re. their offshore gaz deposits.

We're gonna get dumped like the girl at the prom with crossed-eyes and two left feet.

W74's picture

The US has nowhere near the power projection ability with which to threaten other countries than it used to.

Everyone knows exactly what we're capable of, and exactly what we're capable of sustaining (i.e. there's no more "Mistique" about our armed forces anymore).  The world also knows the American public's increasing war-weariness and that any forays from here on out will not go over well politically for any administration.

The world may well have thought that Vietnam was a fluke, and that the American Military could (and did) continue to project power...but no longer.  We've shot our load and no one is scared anymore, at least not for the geopolitical long haul.

greatbeard's picture

>> no one is scared anymore, at least not for the geopolitical long haul.

When it comes to getting your ass blown off, the short haul is all that matters to most people.

disabledvet's picture

I agree with W74. no one is scared of America's big mouth anymore. we yell and scream but only take the stick to our own people. (that includes an Ambassador btw.) unless and until a threat that is made and acted upon from without instead of within no one will take the USA seriously. indeed "they appear to be retaliating." as was famously said in Search for the Grail RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!

greatbeard's picture

>> unless and until a threat that is made and acted upon

Did you happen to miss Iraq, Afghanistan and a few other places the US has visited lately?  I don't think anybody underestimates the US's willingness or ability to open up a case of whoop ass.  Now, having said whoop ass be in the US's best interest, that's another story.  But when you, and your wife, and your children, and your country, are blown all to shit, with radio active waste strewn about, worrying about whether it was wise for the US to expend money and resources it can't afford to expend, for little return, is not a priority.

disabledvet's picture

we have LOST everyone of those engagements. I do agree "the Death Star is fully operational" however. forward to George Zimmerman! evil incarnate!

greatbeard's picture

>> we have LOST everyone of those engagements.

I can think of a hundred thousand or so dead Iraqi civilians who that little fact really doesn't matter to.  When your country and your family are obliterated, does who won really matter?

>> George Zimmerman! evil incarnate!

WTF does Zimmerman have to do with American military might?  Zimmerman is a low end POS who could have well avoided the cesspool of shit he's currently immersed in.

mjcOH1's picture

"Everyone knows exactly what we're capable of, and exactly what we're capable of sustaining (i.e. there's no more "Mistique" about our armed forces anymore). "

Overthrow of a seated government with a proxy militia and 1000 troops on the ground?   War of attrition for 10 years with most of the body count racked up by robot aircraft from 2000ft?  All paid for by $1trillion in bonds sold to China and Japan that will ultimately be repaid with a currency whose value depends on the rate at which the presses run while the Bernank makes the appropriate accounting ledger entries?

Yep....everybody will be lining up for their shot at that.

disabledvet's picture

yep. pretty much. "long North Dakota Crude." don't underestimate their sophistication either. Bismark is as real a City as Boston, Atlanta or New York itself. of course unlike all the latter they actually have money and pay their bills. oh, and have a bank that isn't underwater to the tune of "a cool trillion." not an across the board interest rate explosion can't solve right?!

Long-John-Silver's picture

The USA has left it's Southern Border open for decades. When the shooting war starts the Invisible Army that has invaded and is laying in wait will arise and rain destruction from shore to shore.

dick cheneys ghost's picture

The Bangladeshi neo-cons want to 'partition' all countries in the ME........and they want to send your kids over there to do the fighting.....

http://worldmeets.us/alahram000016.shtml#axzz2YwyQz2wi

''In February 2012, US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher had introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives calling upon Pakistan to recognise the Baloch right to self determination.''

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=203125

Colonel Klink's picture

I'm not so sure we know the full capability of our military.  There's an awful lot of nasty shit in the pipeline with regards to weapons.  Remember deficits don't matter and neither do the American people's opinion.  Government now does what it's told to do, via other influences.  So where are the limitations again?

I agree with greatbeard.  Short term is all that matters in time of war as well as politics.  Especially when all you have is a few years left on your term until your job comes to an end.  That is unless the traitorous representative in NY gets his proposal approved to remove the term limits on the president.

Recovery is what takes a long time.  We're good at going in and fucking up a country, then leaving the rest to a devastated people.  All the while the MIC, banksters, and those making the decisions are getting rich.

Any questions?

Squiddly Diddly's picture

"The world also knows the American public's increasing war-weariness and that any forays from here on out will not go over well politically for any administration." 

We don't care about stinking public opinion, that's what Homeland Security is for.  We are creating an empire and your gonna like it. It's for the children.

yogibear's picture

Rather than stay out the  US is provoking war. The US may get a lot more than it bargained for. Like China and Russia supporting the opposition side.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"We've shot our load and no one is scared anymore, at least not for the geopolitical long haul."

Which is why everyone refuses to offer Snowden sanctuary?  The main thing we have left is military power far beyond that of anyone else.  And drones make retaliating against small, "uppity" countries politically easy.

W74's picture

Well I do mean for the truly long haul.  Surely the US will have fits and spasms as it grasps for it's last decades of breath; no one is arguing that.

Remember when that NATO country got invaded 5 years ago? Did we intervene? Did any other NATO power come to that country's aid?  Think about it if you don't know what I'm talking about here.  That very country by the way is aligning itself with the East and North and shying away from Europe and the US.

We're all talk, and, potentially a big expensive show, but for the long haul history's long cycle will not be greatly altered.

Bringin It's picture

It's confusing, but don't confuse the money thing w/ military might.

Those Euro-pols want to keep slurping at the trough.

max2205's picture

I hope they don't use those F 16's against us

Bad Attitude's picture

F-16s are just bling for the Egyptian leadership. Hardware does them no good if they don't have the skills to properly employ it.

mjcOH1's picture

Trying to think of the name of the Dudley Moore movie where competing arms merchants sold jet aircraft to warring tribes.....which rolled them down hills at each other.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"I hope they don't use those F 16's against us"

Oh, hell no, that's not in the plan.  Here's what happens, as usual:  

Congress gives taxpayer money to the military of some other country.  That military then buys only US military hardware with that money.  Pretty slick, no?  The US military hardware manufacturers simply love it!  

And the reason they officially avoid calling what just happened in Egypt a military coup (which is exactly what it was) is because by US law, aid can't be given and military hardware can't be sold to any military that was involved in a coup.

Get the concept now?

Bear's picture

I am so glad that we are being led so well. If the Administration were a person our current IQ would be 68 .... Moron at best

IridiumRebel's picture

From Forest Gump to Porous Dump.

WmMcK's picture

From the Monroe Doctrine to the "Dog Lick" doctrine, because we can.