For The First Time Since The Iraq War, US Launches Airstrikes From The Mediterranean

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The US aircraft carrier CVN-65, the USS Harry Truman, has begun striking at various Islamic State targets from the Mediterranean Sea on Friday. This is the first time a carrier group has launched airstrikes from the area since the 2003 invasion in Iraq. According to a statement by the US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, fighter jets conducted combat sorties from the aircraft carrier in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Friday after transiting the Suez Canal the day before. 

“While the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is in the 6th Fleet area of operations, they continue to project power ashore against terrorists and violent extremists,” Vice Admiral James Foggo III, commander of US 6th Fleet, said in a statement. “This exemplifies our Navy’s mobility, flexibility and adaptability, as well as our commitment to execute a full range of military operations in concert with our indispensable European allies and partners.”

As the most recent naval deployment map shows, as of June 2, the Truman strike group was located in the Persian Gulf...

... although it quickly made its way to the Mediterranean in the past few days.

The five-ship group was returning from an eight-month deployment in the Persian Gulf. However, the Pentagon extended the deployment of Carrier Air Wing 7 for one more month to reduce a gap with its replacement, the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Earlier in the day, the USS Eisenhower headed to the region with around 7,000 service members on board.  “The Dwight David Eisenhower Strike Group deploys to relieve the Harry S. Truman Strike Group and will be supporting air strikes against ISIS, answering the nation’s call and stepping up the fight,” said Admiral Phil Davidson, head of Fleet Forces Command, according to Navy Times.

As RT reports, the aircraft carrier nicknamed “Ike” was supposed to have set sail back in November, but its departure was delayed, and the USS Truman headed out in its place. The “Ike” was undergoing repair work, which took almost two years to complete.

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Looney's picture

Speaking of missiles…

By deploying the Aegis Ashore Missile “Defense” in Romania and Poland, we are stepping on the same rake AGAIN!

The Cuban Missile Crisis unfolded in exactly the same way.


First, we deployed ICBMs in Italy. The Russians warned that they “will take steps to protect their country”.

Next, we deployed the missiles in Turkey, just across the Black Sea (200 miles) from the USSR.

Only then, the Russians sent a few ICBMs to Cuba. Some baby boomers might still remember how they were taught to “duck and cover” if they see a bright flash in the sky.

Only after Kennedy promised Khrushchev that he will remove all missiles from Turkey and Italy, the Russian cargo ships carrying the ICBMs were turned around.

WE ARE DOING THE SAME STUPID THING AGAIN . Only this time, our missiles are even closer to Russia’s boarders – in Romania and Poland.

This is not just “poking a bear with a stick” – this is more of a “sticking the dick into the high-voltage fuse box”.  I think?  ;-)


P.S. BTW, Putin’s recent warning “We will take steps to protect our country” is the exact same warning, verbatim, Khrushchev made 54 years ago. Hmmm….

LykeMe's picture
LykeMe (not verified) Looney Jun 4, 2016 9:39 AM

ISIS is NOT the problem. THIS IS the problem.

Manthong's picture

Hopefully, they are practicing for soon getting the F out of Incirlik and letting Putin and the EU deal with F’n Golem-godan  and the rest of Turkey.


froze25's picture

Think they are attacking ISIS or the people fighting them? Hard to tell these days.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


US Navy: A Global Force for Good


Navy Abandons 'Global Force for Good' to Broaden Appeal


How about this?  


US Navy: Bombing the fuck out of the non-democratic Saudi Despots' enemies


Not broad enough?


US Navy: Inciting terrorism the world over


Not catchy enough?


US Navy: A Global Force for Lockheed-Martin shareholders


Not timely enough?


US Navy: An Eastern Mediterranean Force for Israel


Not politically correct?


US Navy:  LGBTs with big penis-shaped missiles and totally butch uniforms just following orders



The Soldiers' Honor Fallacy. The ancient fallacy that all who wore a uniform, fought hard and followed orders are worthy of some special honor or glory or are even "heroes," whether they fought for freedom or fought to defend slavery, marched under Grant or Lee, Hitler, Stalin or McArthur, fought to defend their homes, fought for oil or to spread empire, or even fought against and killed U.S. soldiers!. A corrupt argument from ethos (that of a soldier), closely related to the "Finish the Job" fallacy ("Sure, he died for a lie, but he deserves honor because he followed orders and did his job to the end!"). See also "Heroes All." This fallacy was recognized and decisively refuted at the Nuremburg Trials after World War II but remains powerful to this day nonetheless. See also "Blind Loyalty." Related is the State Actor Fallacy, that those who fight and die for a country (America, Russia, Iran, the Third Reich, etc.) are worthy of honor or at least pardonable while those who fight for a non-state actor (abolitionists, guerrillas, freedom-fighters, jihadis) are not and remain "terrorists" no matter how noble or vile their cause, until or unless they are adopted by a state after the fact.

COSMOS's picture

I have a little gripe about the new zero hedge banner that permanently floats at the top. I usually make my browser text at about 150 percent to make it easier to read by holding the ctrl key and hitting the plus sign. But this also seems to make the banner also increase in size eating up a big portion of my screen.
In effect bringing in the story line here, it feels like I have a aircraft carrier floating at the top of my browser window lol

oncemore's picture

install linux, install chromium, install adblockplus.

klick on the abp icon

select bolck an element

and you turn it off.

Socratic Dog's picture

Christ, Hedgeless, next you'll be telling me there's nothing inherently honorable in blasting the shit out of  hospitals, wedding parties, families living down the street from someone who might be a terrorist, and women collecting firewood.  Or in starving hundreds of thoudands of children to death with sanctions, in the name of freedum or something.  What the hell is wrong with you?

El Vaquero's picture

Who fucking knows at this point?  We were for ISIS before we were against it.  Or we were against it before we were for it.  Or we were against Hezbollah before they started killing ISIS.  Or not.  The whole thing is a clusterfuck and our government has lied about all sorts of shit.  When you have CIA trained and armed rebels fighting DOD armed rebels (who I'm not sure are actually rebels) who are also being bombed by our NATO ally, it's time to step the fuck back. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

+42! Spoken like a true libertarian, and argued well.

El Vaquero's picture

A lot of truthieness in that hashtag, Cog.  You're going to care more about me getting killed than you would some random guy in Africa who dies in a civil war, and you're going to care a whole helluva lot more about Mrs Cog getting killed than you would if I got killed.  It's just the way we are. 

Thom_333's picture

To bad they are bombing the wrong guys and helping IS...

sam i am's picture

RE: Looney


Pres. Putin has issued his last warnning.

"We will take steps to protect our country” is the exact same warning, verbatim, Khrushchev made 54 years ago"

They both use the most common Russian expression, but he outcome will be very different.

Blankone's picture

Ok, so we are once again at Putin's "last warning" or his new "red line".  Heard that before. 

Putin could not even declare a no fly zone over Syria.  Now the US has an airbase in NE Syria, boots on the ground, Turkey shot down Putin's fighter jet, Turkey moved troops into portions of northern Syria and into Iraq, NATO/US/Israel has bombed Syrian bases and some Hezbollah columns.  Always crossing the latest "red lines".

From Looney - Only then, the Russians sent a few ICBMs to Cuba.

Yes, the US put some ADDITIONAL missiles close to Russia at that time by putting them in Turkey.  But there were others close to Russia in Europe.  Russia had none close to the US mainland.  Russia removed from Cuba (their only location) the US removed from Turkey (just one country they were located in).  From what I recall reading the US placed ships blocking the Russian ships bringing the real missiles and the Russian did not force through.  They backed down and the ICBM's never got there from what I recall (correct me if nuk ICBM's ever unloaded in Cuba).  After that the US later put nuk missiles in Turkey and Russia has continued to back down.

Today, Russia has nothing in Cuba and NATO has various missiles along Russia's western border and nuks in Turkey. 

Winston Churchill's picture

You are a delusional war monger Blankone.

Ukrainian, or zionista, or both ?

BarkingCat's picture

He is not delusional. He is pointing out facts.

I have another set.

During early days of cold war the US flew spy planes over the USSR on a regular basis.

The Soviets did not do so to the US.


Truth is that if roles were reversed in Syria  the US would not tolerate any Russian forces there.

Winston Churchill's picture

And you like Blankone still believe we are dealing with the Soviet Union ?

We are not.After my first visit to the USSR I knew they wewre never a real threat, even if they did shoot down

Gary Powers.The US on the other hand,by complete corruption, has lost any edge it may have had.

The RF does not want war, has gone out of its way to avoid it, but is not the paper tiger the USSR was.

You and Blankone are mistaking strength for weakness, maybe you should both read Sun Tzu, probably for the

first time.

Blankone's picture

Interesting article on RT today.  From the article:

"The Russian president has signed into law a bill defining the term political activity of non-governmental organizations and allowing charity groups receiving funding from abroad not to register as foreign agents."

Russia had previously enacted strong limits on the NGO's that were being used in Russia.  It had effective language.  Now Putin is undemining that law and allowing the NGO's and their "charities" to operate more freely again.  The door had been shut but Putin is the one who has reopened it for them.

Winston Churchill's picture

We are on our last warning.

Because of the dual purpose launchers installed in Romania ANY launch will be assumed offensive by

Russian strategic rocket forces and a counterstrike launch sequence  will be intitiated removing any failsafes from MAD.

The neocons are insane.


GreatUncle's picture

There is no defcon 4,3,2,1 it is an all or nothing scenario now.

froze25's picture

Good thing Hillary isn't a Neo-con... Oh wait!

A Pimp's love is different's picture

Relax people, Maverick & Goose are just 'clowning around' again to see if a MIG can take a Polaroid from 2 meters on a negative 4g dive.


They were actually just trying to see if the iPhone could snap as good a pic as the Polaroid.

indygo55's picture

The story headlines that the strike force is in the Med but the map shows they are in the Persian Gulf. Is this just stupidity on behalf of the military reporting?



Sages wife's picture

At first I wondered exactly which country are they bombing, then realized that it doesn't matter. Too soon there will be no distinction; just the endless bloody institution of democracy.

Loocust's picture

Agree, the map and story don't add up.

Not the first time.

any_mouse's picture

Line directly below the map:


"... although it quickly made its way to the Mediterranean in the past few days."

Aaron Hillel's picture

Yes, its not even the suicidal hubris and arrogance that is to be feared now.

Its just a simple human error and/or misinterpretation.

I think the chosenites made their last historic mistake, they believed their own propaganda.

shovelhead's picture

No big deal.

Putin knows how to turn those off if he wants to.

Winston Churchill's picture

From my understanding their dead hand system takes control once launches are intitiated.

One coms failure over a thousand + nets, would be unfortuneate as well,

Placing weapons so far forward leaves no room for human/mechanical error.Its inherintly dangerous.

BobEore's picture


Something else rings almost verbatim true in the comparision of those two episodes -


although few knew it then, and even fewer now, the Russkies were the most surprised of anyone when Fidel was handed the keys to the island. They viewed "El Jefe" with intense suspicion, of being a CIA plant. They weren't far wrong.


The two "missing years" Fidel spent in the USA - supposedly in law school - have much the same air of mystery around them as the career of CIA agent "Tim Osman." Guys whose trail goes cold in a big way - because of the big plans made round them.


I think the Russkies were also surprised that the Americans could make up a phony Islamist proxy army and deploy it in the field against the Christian and Muslim people of the middle east alike - but maybe not so much this time round. Afterall, Afghanistan did give them a clue about who really ran things in the White House.


But in truth, there wasn't much new under the sun for the leaders on either side - guys like Meyer Lansky and generations of Boshie revolutionaries turned gangsters have petty much run both countries since Wall Street "capitalists" sprung Leon Trotsky out of a Halifax holding cell and sent him on to create "communism" in the East. Creating a phony Caliphate like a desert mirage is kind of on par with that sort of insanity.

MilwaukeeMark's picture

Extremist = anyone not on board with the petrodollar

blue51's picture

So every air sortie , anywhere in the world, is now labeled counter-ISIL. Got it.

onewayticket2's picture

"Dear President Obama, On behalf of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Committee...."



toady's picture

Same as it ever was...

max2205's picture

Practice for the south China Sea 

quadraspleen's picture

"Islamic state targets"

Of course they are...those pro-Assad dudes were just in the way, damnit!

Francis Marx's picture

Bet-cha some hospitals and doctors get hit. Bet-cha third parties outside of ISIS get hit.

Allen_H's picture

Fags in the navy trying to make themselves feel more impotant.

Don't forget the weddings. And when the medical people arrive to help out, just second tap. These satanists running the terrorist USSA deserve to be wiped out. Not the people though, I mean...not the non-zombies.

Boomberg's picture

We can't afford to keep these antiques operational and fund ISIS at the same time. Why can't the AF strike from Turkey or SA instead? Typical US waste, all the branches trying to justify their relevance.

rejected's picture

Really?  Check out the latest Waste coming soon. And to prove her power at killing people, wanna bet where she'll go first?


Just what the fuck we need... and named after stumblebutt. Remember this next time an article claims poor Granny and her monthly SS pension is destroying the economy.

budd_dwyers_gun's picture

My God... I just had a truly horific vision of the future. Imagine, if you will, years down the road.. The christening of..

The U.S.S. Barack Obama 

I need a shower and a strong drink after that thought. If that ever comes to pass, I'm eating cyanide.

froze25's picture

They do what they are told by the Commander in Chief  (Obama). I hope they are actually hitting targeta and not just dropping bombs after the terrorists leave as in the past, following Obama's orders.

shovelhead's picture

Can't you help a guy out?

The Navy hasn't had any fun since Iraq II.

directaction's picture

This is the best way to create more refugees. Pretty clever of America, huh? 

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

As a veteran, a proud American, a father and a husband, I read stories like this and just have a feeling of sadness and anger these days.  Bring our troops in closer to home and let the world be for a while.  We have now been waging war and 'kinetic actions' for decades.  Enough is enough. 

I go and read this paragraph from time to time to keep it all in perspective.  I have posted it here before, and it is worth the time to ponder:


Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

From Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot

Lost in translation's picture

Military veteran myself, wish I could say I'm proud to be American.

I am ashamed of what our country stands for and does. This is not the country I was born into...