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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Promethus's picture

Why on earth would the US want to invade one more turd world shit-hole. If I were president I would have a new doctrine to only invade countries which have 1. good climate; 2. attractive women without bags on their heads; 3. no Muslims; 4. good tourist attractions; 5. can pay their own way; 6. and attractive women without bags on their heads. Russia is a no go because of point 1; France point 3; and Spain point 5. Let's invade New Zealand.

RockyRacoon's picture

Why on earth would the US want to invade one more turd world shit-hole.

I got yer answer right here:  Because we can.  No other reason needed.  The U. S. must show the rest of the world how mighty it is.  Kinda like the conquest of Granada.  We really kicked some butt there!  And if you think that's exactly what a bully does on the grade-school dusty playground, you'd be right.  Gimme all your lunch money or I'll kick your ass.   You do, and he does anyhow.  Where's the justice!

groundedkiwi's picture

You have already invaded NZ with fiat money and echelon

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"Why?"  Same reason pro athletes keep practicing:  Better performance on game day.  And winning games are good for pay.

Just think of how rusty all opponents are (China, Russia), who don't get to battle-test their HW, SW and processes.  Also, and this is even more important, they don't get to keep growing and improving their version of Code 31 (http://www.onr.navy.mil/en/Science-Technology/Departments/Code-31.aspx) for TOTAL BATTLEFIELD DOMINATION.  Whether that "battlefield" is outside or (now, thanks to Obama) inside the US.

It's all bullish for the MIC, the Fed & Petro-dollars, for Skynet and the NWO.

redwater's picture

Lord Vader sends a capital ship to crush the rebellion.

disabledvet's picture

the headline should read "American Ambassador about to be expelled." Egypt has less chaos right now than Chicago. needless to say it doesn't hurt that they still believe in God over there (say hello to your culture of death America!) to be sure the USA can "send in the peace makers" into the Sinai. I'm obviously a big believer that Egypt was behind the targeted assassination of our Ambassador in Libya and his security detail. I've heard the exact opposite of a confirmation of this of course. that says to me indeed "any American invasion of anything would come as a surprise." we can of course play pretend here. are we playing pretend here Tylers Durden? some tough talk backed up by ripping into America instead? or do we just "launch all the nukes and marvel at the joy of it all"? (h/t Colonel Kurtz.)

RSDallas's picture

We should be hearing from Russia and China shortly.  

Jack Burton's picture

Back in Soviet times, the USSR was a major supporter of Egypt. That is changed 100%, the US added Egypt to the empire, but Egypt is a sick nation, and will be a terrible burden to the US empire. It may be the ONE PLACE that breaks the back of US imperialism. Perhaps. Egypt is in economic free fall, so is the USA. One can print unlimited money, the other can not. That is a major difference. Neither one will ever see a postive trade balance and growing reserves. Far from it!

Jack Burton's picture

Jesus Christ, they can't conquer Afghanistan how in hell do they plan to occupy Egypt with it's huge population.

If the US Marines land, and an incident occures in which shots are fired and Egyptians die? This would not be good. Think about it!

I have read that the people on the streets were really protesting the US control over the Muslim Brotherhood and the Military. The people know that US influence is strong over both sides.

A good way to learn about what is going on is to look at the Egyptian economy. It is in free fall, what little there was to begin with. Egypt makes nothing the world wants, and thus has few exports. It lives now off of Gulf State handouts, tens of billions in hand outs. Left to it's own economy to survive, starvation would be only weeks away. No political action short of a total reorganization of Egypt economically can do any good. The political turmoil is a reflection of an economy in collapse. It will get worse, US troops can do nothing in this case.

Should they land, it will be a ticking time bomb, if violence breaks out and US troops shoot, then a new game begins. And Syria will look like a party game!

RockyRacoon's picture

Since when has common sense and a grasp of the obvious ever kept the U. S. out of war?

Jack Burton's picture

As long as war means profits and jobs for military contractors, manufacturers and the military brass itself, nothing will prevent  more US wars of choice. Look at the stocks of companies with any connection to the military. Good profits. We have a small company right in my small town that nearly went bankrupt till they landed a military contract to manufacture some gear for US special forces, now they are back into making large profits! Simple formula for success, suck off the taxpayer. It always works!

Zosynspiracy's picture

I don't think Americans have any fucking clue how much their economy relies on war and military contracts. I live in an uppity liberal Obama drone town where everyone wears Patagonia and veganism is cool and trendy. Guess what? Patagucci has been making clothes for the US spec ops for 10 years. It's a huge part of their profitability. New Balance has now gotten in on that cash cow and is selling clothing and footwear to spec ops. LMAO! America is way past fascist, we are fucking lunatics!

Element's picture

The fleet being there is about the canal, and to encourage the Egyptian military to keep a lid on it.

Think Panama ... with camels and zealots.

Jack Burton's picture

Oh! And they are not US Marine Vessels! They are US Navy vessels designed to carry Marine landing forces and helicopters for transport and support of the Marines. I still cling to those old service rivalries, the Navy and Marines operate jointly, but the Navy isn't handing over any ships to the Marine Corps. At least not yet!

tarsubil's picture

They had this blaring on big megaphone speakers. 

"Oh, we're here to 'liberate' you. Pray I don't further alter the agreement," said Marine General Maliciousintent while wearing a black cape and helmet.

shovelhead's picture

Meh,

Not nearly as bloodthirsty and bombastic as Wagner, but ya can't blame kids these days for wanting their own music to invade a country.

Tinky's picture

All governments lie, and increasingly desperate ones do so increasingly.

A. Magnus's picture

"Never believe anything until it is officially denied."    -Voltaire

FieldingMellish's picture

There is almost always a US ship in or around Egypt given the location of the Suez canal. Egypt appears to be relatively calm at the moment with no reported incidents of violence from yesterday's demonstrations. The Sinai is heating up again but that has always been a thorn in Egypt's side. I think the State Department has done enough damage overseas in the last 50 years. Keeping their mouths shut is probably a good policy for once.

 

Egyptian press reports are even less reliable than CNN. Comfortably ignored.

Blues Traveler's picture

Saber rattling provides fodder for the oblunder media, distract from multiple scandals, constitutional violations, to me the most violent is the political and religious persecution by the US government agencies....I keep hoping/waiting for rod sterling to pop up to welcome us to the Twilight Zone so I can change the channel.

I am Jobe's picture

Great, more wars , start the printing presses. Give the sheeples some hope that this is good for the country and democracy, er I meant for Oil. Let the games begin

involuntarilybirthed's picture

"...while it continues supporting the country with both money and weapons"

You mean supporting the US Defense Industry so we don't lose the sale.   The money is just a transfer from our government > Egypt > Defense Industry.  Egypt launders it.

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Why of course they are going to continue to send money, probably even increase it because this money is our tax dollars which are then used to buy military hardware from the MIC.  Same, same for Israel and any other country that receives American aid.  Also, no $$$ for food stamps as our politicians are comfortable with letting their constituents dumpster-dive....

ziggy59's picture

Bizarro World manual...everything is opposite on Htrae, The Bizarro World

Element's picture

Alternatively, nothing really changed, we're just noticing how things really are.

lakecity55's picture

Yes! The innertubes were just like the invention of the printing press.

Now the regular man can research and read, and see through the Deception.

When they throw the Switch, all you will get is USG web sites, TV & Radio broadcasts, etc.

The newest EO gives 100% control of ALL communications to Chalky.

ALL Communications.

ziggy59's picture

Maybe theyre delivering wheat...im sick of this sicko shit

yogibear's picture

Afghanistan isn't active enought.

Northrup, Lockheed and other defense contractors aren't busy enough. Plus the admin needs a diversion for the unemployment.

New  plan, stir up the bee hive in the Middle East, and start up a major war. That should boaster defense contracts.

Once the war starts all the defense contractors will throw a big campaign shindig in Washington DC  for all the senators and congressmen. Passing out envelops of thanks (of course containing wads of cash).

  

 


robnume's picture

When I "visit" or "watch" a situation somewhere, anywhere, I don't bring naval warships with me. Oops, my bad. Jeezus, haven't we done enough to these people? Apparently not.

Dazman's picture

Why can't we as a country just mind our own business? Why must be try fuck everyone else?

 

Guess what... When it comes to other countries and terrorist organizations Fucking with us, we only have ourselves and our history of medelling with things to blame.

yogibear's picture

When you have drones killing innocent families as part of the collateral damage the US is building armies of martyrs that want to get  even against the US.  

Seize Mars's picture

Dazman

Why can't "we" mind our own business? I don't have any trouble minding my own business. I haven't staged any invasions. I haven't bullied, lied, threatened or stolen anything. I don't torture, I don't intimidate.

Face up. this isn't "we."

Our country has been taken over by really, really bad people.

ziggy59's picture

Agreed..we need to recapture america

americanspirit's picture

I know that there are plenty of people here on ZH and elsewhere who understand that "we are not planning an invasion" does not mean " We are not planning a visit", nor "We are not planning to give assistance if asked" nor "We are not planning to offer humanitarian aid" nor, even " We are not planning to drop by for a cup of tea."

it simply means that whatever we do, and you can be sure we are planning to do something, it will not technically be an 'invasion'. And of course, it also means we are not 'planning' an "imminent" invasion, but if an invasion becomes necessary (to save the children)  well then .....

Seize Mars's picture

1. US Installed Morsi

2. Egyptian people said no. Egyptian military does what it is supposed to do, enforced the will of the people and removed a dictator, and called for new elections

3. US pissed off, sends in CIA thugs for a Thermidorean couterrevolution. Fail.

4. Since #3 failed, US threatens invasion

 

 

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

No the Obama administration in concert with  the crisisgroup (http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/about.aspx) helped rig the election to get Morsi elected the same way they rigged the US elections by controlled opposition i.e. controlling the opposition to run a candidate that the general public hated to encourage voter apathy and low turn out. There is a global agenda (though I am convinced Obama is just playing this angle for his own reasons independent of the rest of the world) to try to integrate radical Islamic groups into the mainstream political process with the hope of neutralizing them as threats. The problem is they have no regard for the will of the people in these countries and seem to forget you can't rationalize with irrational people period. Appeasement never works, irrational people can only be communicated in irrational terms since it is the only thing they understand. As someone else said elsewhere a democratically elected (/sarc) Muslim Brotherhood is the same as a democratically elected KKK. You think they are going to change their tune once they are embedded into the mainstream politics?

 

lakecity55's picture

Americans are woefully ignorant of the MB infiltration into the USG.

Chalky is the primary connection between the totalitarian Left and the MB.

Been to DC lately? I have. In just 4 years the amount of muslims and mosques have exploded like mushrooms in the district and surrounding areas.In some places you might easily think you were in Saudi Arabia. This complements the large number of domestic Stalinists, Maoists, etc he put into office upon overthrowing the government in 2008.

Chalky's job is to bring a combination of international Left/Muslim rule to America, voiding its Constitution and eventually creating an authoritarian regime. All the EOs updated or signed during Chalky's tenure are complete. He has built a machine and is awaiting orders to turn it on. It makes the Enabling Acts under NAZI Germany tame in comparison, although the scenario is a close duplicate of the history of the Third Reich.

The purpose is several fold: take down the US financial system; place the US under an international globalist power system with the fig leaf of "sovereignty;" eliminate borders and install a regional or international currency after the Crash; dispose of any Americans who will not accept the 'Fundamental Change' or who actively resist.

From the Left's point of view, Ayers was probably correct in estimating about 20 million AMericans will not co-operate, requiring their mass liquidation.

It is important to note, however, that, like any Plan (made by Man), things can go wrong. It is up to Americans to react in time or successfully defeat the Plan if they awake too late to prevent it.

The goals of the two groups which share this fascist view coincide for now. I am still trying to analyze how the two groups will hash out Control after they achieve their goal (both being unaware of the manipulation of the PTB, or a belief TPTB will "side" with them after the near goals are achieved).

 

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Maybe this has to do with the old loose lips sink corrupt ships saying. If true Morsi is starting to sing like a canary and that means big trouble for little o.

http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/07/13/shocker-from-arabic-media-secre...

This is a Google translation of the story which appears in French from Poste deVeille in Canada:

 

Summary: • SECRET agreement between the Obama administration and the Muslim Brotherhood (not the Egyptian government) to give 40% of the Sinai and the annexation of that part of Egyptian territory in Gaza. The objective is to facilitate the conclusion of a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians  • This agreement was signed by Khairat el Shater (number 2 of the Brotherhood) by Morsi and the Supreme Guide FM. (FM stands for Muslim Brotherhood) • A sum of U.S. $ 8 billion was paid to the FM.  • The document was seized by the army following the deposition of Morsi. This is the army that has leaked the news.  • An investigation is ongoing Morsi and El Shater. An arrest warrant was filed against the Guide to FM and other members of his office.  • FM signatories to the agreement are liable to the death penalty for treason.  • The Obama administration would try to reach an agreement with el Sissi (chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces): recognition of the legitimacy of the “coup” in exchange for his silence about the secret agreement. But el Sissi would be more interested in the conviction of FM and discredit their organization which is Egypt’s main source of danger.

I believe this is the original arabic tv news piece this is sourced from. Any translators out there?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_o24fcRjE44

Conchy Joe's picture

A couple of other links off that page worth a quick read -

U.S. Will ‘Pressure’ Egypt on Behalf of Brotherhood, Says U.S. Ambassador

http://www.raymondibrahim.com/from-the-arab-world/u-s-will-pressure-egyp...

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/07/us-ambassador-threatens-egypt-on-behal...

 

I work with an Egyptian who has family there. This is certainly their perspective of how the US is seen -

Element's picture

Guess who is at it again:

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Israel behind mystery attack on Syrian port – US sources
 
Published time: July 13, 2013 03:33
Edited time: July 13, 2013 19:00
 
US officials have revealed that explosions reported at a key Syrian port on July 5 were likely the result of an Israeli airstrike.
 
Three officials spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity, referring to the pre-dawn explosions in the city of Latakia as an Israeli operation which allegedly targeted Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles.
 
The Yakhont is a cruise missile with a range of 300 kilometers, capable of delivering a warhead weighing in at 250 kilograms. Russia supplied Syria’s armed forces with a Yakhont missile battery in 2011.
 
Shortly after the July 5 incident, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that "huge explosions shook the area where a large Syrian army base and weapons depots are located."
 
http://rt.com/news/israel-attack-syrian-port-041/

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Oh yes ... a much, muuuch bigger confrontation is coming.

 

(Note the bit: "Three officials spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity, ..." ... CNN ... officials ... anon? ... wtf?)

dark pools of soros's picture

just nuke that Rothschild cocksucking sand dune

New_Meat's picture

Its setup for a NEO

ebworthen's picture

Most likely there to get the ambassador and embassy personnel out.

Obama can't afford sacrificing another ambassador and personnel like the ones in Libya (politically at least).

Not that he cares about the people in the Embassy - it's all about his image, legacy, and ego - and getting Hillary elected in 2016.

 

Manipuflation's picture

Eb you are likely correct.  A few minutes ago I did my duty for the day by wearing my black "Silver Bullet, Silver Shield, I AM NOT YOUR SLAVE" t-shirt into an establisment that I frequent.  The young man who works the retail counter remarked on my shirt and we struck up a conversation.  I have had some interesting conversations with this young man before and he has worked there for over a year now.  A very intelligent young man.  It all started some months ago when he checked one of my hondos with the "Counterfeit detector pen".  I have a few of those too and checked the paper change he gave back.  "I've never seen anyone else do that before!" he exclaimed.  I calmly explained that if he did not trust me then there is no reason that I should trust him either.  I further explained that it is just paper anyway and that it is all fake.  The young man seemed to grasp the concept behind what I was saying.  This young man seems to have a bit of renegade in him and I know the owner who employs him quite well. 

Per our conversation today, via my t-shirt, we started talking about PMs and the fact that his Mom had started a coin collection for him when he was young.  Sounded mostly like clad is in that collection.  I stated that US silver dimes are the way to go for an aspiring young stacker and we talked a little about markets which he did not seem to understand, but he was ready to listen.

What would you do?  I told the young man that I would go home and get him one of my May catalogs for a PM supplier where you can hedge numismatics.(No, not apmex, et al)  I found one and I grabbed a BU 1964 Roosevelt dime and headed back.  He was a little surprised to see me come back with what I promised.  Not only that, I gave him the silver dime which opened his eyes quite wide as he had never seen one before.  That was well worth my investment of time and a couple of bucks worth of silver to get an intelligent young person looking a little closer at the US monetary system and why we are sending armed forces across the globe.  Given all of my previous conversations with this young man, I believe I just made a great investment for all of us.         

virgilcaine's picture

If Egypt had any oil, a few barrels even,  they would have invaded long ago.

Yen Cross's picture

 Anyone with 2 brain-cells knows exaxtly what's going to happe n.