4000 Marines Headed To Middle East As Part Of Peleliu Amphibious Group Dispatch

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Up until now, the LHD 7 Iwo Jima Big-Deck Amphibious Warfare ship was all alone in the Arabian Sea, patiently awaiting orders to liberate this or that middle east country of their oil reserves. This is no longer the case: launching today in general direction - Middle East - for a brand new 7 month engagement, is the LHA 1 Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of the amphibious assault ship, the USS Peleliu which consists of 4000 marines. LHA 1 also comprises of the amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay and the dock landing ship USS Rushmore. Also deploying Monday is the Marine Corps' 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and elements of Fleet Surgical Team 1, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, Assault Craft Units 1 and 5, and Beach Master Unit 1. And as we reported previously, the middle east veteran - the CVN 74 Stennis aircraft carrier - was providently already on its way. In other words, in about 2 weeks, the Middle east will be the focal point of 3 aircraft carriers, 2 amphibious assault forces, and who knows how many "developed" world armadas, all hell bent on securing that one extra bit of Middle East oil, under the guise of spreading democracy and liberating the local people who "hate America's for its freedom."

This is how US naval assets stand as of last week via Stratfor:

Some more on the latest Marine reinforcements:

Also deploying Monday is the Marine Corps' 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and elements of Fleet Surgical Team 1, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, Assault Craft Units 1 and 5, and Beach Master Unit 1.


Their departure comes against the background of ongoing tensions with Iran over its nuclear program and amid anti-American unrest throughout the Muslim world triggered by an anti-Muslim film trailer posted on the Internet.


U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans working for the State Department -- including two local former Navy SEALS, Encinitas resident Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods of Imperial Beach -- were killed by an armed force in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Sept. 11 amid demonstrations over the film.


The sailors and Marines in the Peleliu Ready Group recently completed nine months of training scheduled long before the current anti-American unrest flared. Rescue training is a common part of pre-deployment training for Marine expeditionary units.


The final pre-deployment training was on the evacuation of noncombatants from hot-spots, according to U.S military authorities. The exercise included role-players on San Nicholas Island and Victorville in San Bernardino County who were "rescued" by Marines and taken by helicopter to Camp Pendleton, the Los Angeles Times reported.


The 15th MEU was on a deployment similar to the one starting Monday when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. Summoned back to their ships from a port-call in Australia, the Marines were among the first U.S. combat forces into Afghanistan just weeks later, The Times reported.

Bullish Brent calendar spreads may be cheap to quite cheap once all this firepower finally arrives at its soon to be liberated, pre-election destination.

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Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:06 | 2804166 Joebloinvestor
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I hope they have real ammo this time.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:15 | 2804193 Manthong
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Maybe his real name is Barack Hussein Johnson.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:15 | 2804209 Pladizow
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Operation Oil Liberation!

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:18 | 2804225 Dalago
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Spreading democracy through the barrel of a gun, I see.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:19 | 2804233 Payable on Death
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Wag the dog, bitchez.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:38 | 2804322 economics9698
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Pump the fucking oil or else.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:36 | 2804608 MagicHandPuppet
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Oh, the sweet taste of turban-head oil...

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 17:10 | 2804984 Pinto Currency
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The Iranians have been a few years away from a nuclear bomb for 20 years.

They've also said that they want to remove the "black stain of Zionism" (some would call it Jewish fascism) from the face of the earth.

Israel has built nuclear weapons apparently with stolen enriched US uranium http://www.presstv.ir/detail/217955.html (note that Press TV is Iranian news so get other sources as well).

Now what is the appropriate response to all of this?

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 17:16 | 2805017 MagicHandPuppet
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Umm, I got it! Let's respond by invading and taking their oil because "they hate our freedoms" and "everybody deserves our democracy". Yeah that should work. What could go wrong?

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 03:13 | 2806203 potlatch
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I feel your pain.  But, it is not our fault that the State that will be used as the example case for the coming global nuclear security regime is Iran, and that the marines in those troop carriers get angrier each day they spend cooped up off shore in the heat.  Sure, should have maybe happened already, absolutely.  Surely no one thinks any state who can build a bomb has a right to do so if it chooses?  That is untenable, hence the inevitable: Iran will be overturned, to demonstrate what happens to regimes that even lurk as develop weapons.  Unfair?  Sure.  The club is closed.  Too bad.


"It's not our fault."  - Robin Williams

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:03 | 2804441 goldfish1
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Iran commander warns Israel, US against attack

"...I think nothing will remain of Israel (should it attack Iran). Given Israel's small land area and its vulnerability to a massive volume of Iran's missiles, I don't think any spot in Israel will remain safe," he said.


He said he did not believe however that Israel would attack on its own. Should the U.S. launch a strike, Jafari suggested that Iran could respond with missile salvos at U.S. bases in the Gulf."

- Gen Jafari's comments come as U.S.-led naval forces from the West and Arab allies gather for naval maneuvers in the Persian Gulf that include mine-sweeping exercises.


Mon, 09/17/2012 - 17:34 | 2805092 nofluer
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Iron Dome.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 23:52 | 2806024 prains
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the ZH news cycle slows down while momentum picks ups what gives?

underemployed everywhere


worried you're spending all your time peering through the corner of a window shade to the street below for the unmarked van


Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:44 | 2804345 tekhneek
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I'd be pretty afraid of 4,000 U.S. Marines personally...

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:59 | 2804416 Pinto Currency
Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:25 | 2804553 tekhneek
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I don't think they're going to send 4,000 marines to fight 75,000,000 people.

That's not what I was saying?

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:33 | 2804590 Pinto Currency
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I know, I know.  Your silver book is pretty much balanced and JPM has no interest in whether the price of silver rises or falls.  Sorry for jumping on you Blythe.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:52 | 2804659 tekhneek
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Damn straight we run a balanced book. Regardless we wouldn't do that -- it's morally and legally wrong!

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:37 | 2804612 Eally Ucked
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Doesn't matter what you wanted to say the fact is that if you want to occupy country you have to deliver at least 50:1 ratio of soldiers to population so for Iran it looks like you'll have at least 2.5 mln of your troops there. Good luck 

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 17:39 | 2805119 nofluer
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Supplies required for a post bombardment civilian population will be somewhat less than those consumed by the pre-bombardment population. Likewise the number of troops required for pacification must consider this decrease to arrive at an economically realistic ratio...

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 19:29 | 2805427 mjcOH1
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"Doesn't matter what you wanted to say the fact is that if you want to occupy country you have to deliver at least 50:1 ratio of soldiers to population so for Iran it looks like you'll have at least 2.5 mln of your troops there. Good luck "


Hence the 1.6billion US troops who invaded Iraq (population 32million) and occupied it for 10 years.
But the second 1.7billion to invade and occupy Afghanistan (population 35million) was a strain.

Luckily we have octo-mom on our side.

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 02:02 | 2806158 agNau
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Ben will print all the troops necessary.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:29 | 2804278 Robslob
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Let's send AMPHIBIOUS military units to the middle east DESERT!


I am Barack Hussein Obama and I approved this message...ahem, mission.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:42 | 2804337 climber
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Yup those salamanders and tree frogs will really help. Moron.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:25 | 2804556 Chaos_Theory
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Well, the tanker terminals are coastal, along with several refineries and natural gas storage facilities, and several islands that can function as "lilly pads" as the Marines like to say  (Khark and Kish).  Plus, that's where the WMDs are...


The Spice must flow. 

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:45 | 2804649 Hi Ho Silver
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Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:55 | 2804686 Jethro
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Sing it with me...

"From the Halls of Montezuma,

To the shores of Tripoli(Again),

We fight out country's battles,

In the air, on land and sea...."

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 17:08 | 2804989 AchtungAffen
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To the shores of Tripoli, but never to Mississipoli...

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:39 | 2804324 scatterbrains
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Perhaps that 40 Marine special unit now on the ground in Libya (and armed with blanks) is just attack bait for the larger Amphibious units on their way to the M.E.  What are the odds ?

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:40 | 2804328 vast-dom
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3% down = BTFD~!

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 17:37 | 2805106 solgundy
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bullshit...Operation Re-elect Hussain Obama

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:18 | 2804228 Lohn Jocke
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I smell a Nobel peace prize in the works!


Mr. President...you didn't earn that.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:24 | 2804260 NotApplicable
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Punk hasn't earned the "Mister" label yet, either.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:31 | 2804289 Lohn Jocke
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He married that centaur of a woman didn't he? And they had Portuguese poodle-daughters right? I guess that counts. I don't judge a man on what he likes to poke and prod.

Except for my wallet. That's inexcuseable.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 16:21 | 2804798 easterner
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Of course he did not earn it alone. There are those in the military, FBI, CIA, FEMA, all branches of executive of government. on top of that, the congress, senate, and by extension the whole country, and people.

Actually, in restropective, the prize should be awarded to the whole nation of USSA, for all those peace making military efforts...

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:21 | 2804242 Chartsky
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I guess that explains Crude Oil going ballistic and crashing just after 2:00 p.m.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 17:43 | 2805140 SgtSchultz
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Never bring a knife to a gun fight, let alone blanks or empty magazines!

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 17:46 | 2805147 Freebird
Mon, 09/17/2012 - 19:49 | 2805501 Buck Johnson
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They are getting ready to launch an attack and they continue to lie that they won't. 

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:06 | 2804167 fightthepower
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War Bitches!

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:14 | 2804201 JamesBond
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October Surprise.  Well planned ahead.



Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:09 | 2804171 Cognitive Dissonance
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So.......are they carrying those 750 million bullets the DHS ordered by any chance?

Or are these guys the sacrificial lambs.....so to speak.

<...To the shores of Tripoli....>

<<Are they sending SEAL Team Six?>>

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:16 | 2804219 Pladizow
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Those bullets have SS#'s carved into them!

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 15:29 | 2804570 jayman21
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Some SS#'s have more than one bullet?

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 21:20 | 2805763 Clashfan
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Wow, thanks for that, eftian. Good links in the piece, too.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:24 | 2804259 otto skorzeny
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The Saganaw MI PD used a bunch up on that "terrorist"  mentally impaired homeless guy the other day

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 14:44 | 2804346 Urban Redneck
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In violation of the Hague Conventions?

Funny how our own police are allowed instruments of murder which have been banned in international war for over a century... (over-penetration is almost as much of a pile of marketing BS as "safe action triggers")


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