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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Rules and laws are only intended for the plebs.

<Slave Nation: Modern Plantation Living>

Clashfan's picture

That agreement clearly states that it only applies in cases of war between signatory states.

LongSoupLine's picture



Yay, Barry's Peace Prize in full effect!

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

They should give him another one for being soo peaceful.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Mary had a little lamb and his name was Barry O,

And everywhere that Barry went, blood was sure to flow.

akak's picture

He'll follow her to Iran one day, to try and make them ruled

It'll make the Iranians laugh and sneer, to see an imperialist get schooled.

buzzsaw99's picture

I sure hope our great ally israel will continue to help us win our many wars around the world. their troops always suffer the highest casualties. [/sarc]

hedgeless_horseman's picture



They hate us for our freedom drone strikes on suspected militants and for exporting our inflation tax.



Joe Davola's picture

What are your bloody remnants doing in Boss Barry's hole?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Like Forbes writer, Robert Barone, said back in 2011...

Fed exports inflation, stokes revolutions.


So, let’s not fool ourselves. The unrest in the Middle East has a lot to do with food and commodity prices, and Fed QE policies may have a lot to do with those prices. Here is how the “Excess Liquidity Theorem” works:

  • The Fed lowers interest rates to 0% and embarks upon QE;
  • Institutions and investors, holding the “excess” liquidity, look for and find higher yields in emerging and other “opportunity” markets;
  • That capital inflow fuels those economies and drives up the demand for resources and commodity inputs;
  • Speculation in commodities adds to the demand and prices continue to rise;
  • The emerging economies have two choices – they can peg their currencies to the Dollar (like China) to protect their export markets and suffer inflation in their economies, or they can try to neutralize the Dollar inflows via higher interest rates, thus slowing their own expansions and, perhaps, impacting their employment levels.
AnAnonymous's picture

Mission accomplished for Ben Bernanke who has been toying with food and commodity prices for some time now.

This as long as Ben is assessed by the objectives...

akak's picture

You mean, AnonymousAsshole, mission accomplished for the financial and political elite who control every aspect of the USA (just exactly as the analogous Chinese elite control China), and for whose machinations and crimes you blame EVERY American under your self-defined and self-created nonsensical banner of "US Citizenism".

Make me laugh!

q99x2's picture

Attack of the Bankster Mercinaries. Hide you butts Bobby's boys are headed your way.

Unbezahlbar's picture

Unemployment numbers will be 4,000 less ...for awhile at least.

otto skorzeny's picture

This is why a lot of wars are fought. The Crusades were fought because European kings couldn't have alot of highly trained killer knights with nothing to do so they sent them far away to fight "Holy Wars". Ring a bell? Besides-US police depts/DHS only have a limited # of job openings for psychotic PTSDed ex-grunts to fill.

PiratePawpaw's picture

That mentality had a lot to do with Spain's exploration and conquest of the "New World". They had just ended a long war against the Moorish invaders and needed to do something with the troops.

 It may have played a part in the 2nd and 3rd Crusades. But the 1st Crusade was the brainchild of the Pope. It was his answer to a request for aid from a christian ruler in Turkey. He did not have troops to spare at the time, so he came up with the whole "Crusade" idea on the fly. Problem was that most of the folks who sped off to the holy land in exchange for forgiveness werent soldiars at all, just impoverished peasants. The guy in Turkey was not particularly pleased.

cougar_w's picture

All around, one of the more fascinating periods in Western civilization. More over, none of those battles ever ended, and the banker class that arose as a result of the Pope's overextention never went away. We remain mired in the last crusade to this day. When you understand that, just about everything else makes 100% perfect sense.

potlatch's picture

The Christian ruler, not pleased, also had to deal with unruly lords who kept hiring town criers to run about saying "Just build the damn fence, Sayeth Lord so-and-so" etc.  More things change, eh?

NeedtoSecede's picture

Otto, I agree with most of your post, but gave you the down arrow for your PTSD reference. Yes it is real, and yes it does take a toll, but the stats being touted by the NY Slime and other lamestream media outlets are politically driven bullshit. If you look at the stats honestly and relative to the general population of similar ages the returning warriors are still in better shape than most of us. All I am is asking is to look below the surface and get beyond the bullshit before slinging that broad accusation. I am all up for the debate of right vs. wrong on the never-ending wars, but that was a low blow that is not deserved. Dig in and check the real data and the great work that is being done to bring these kids home and get them back into civil society. Nobel Peace Prize my ass????? What a clown!

Bring them all home now!

JohnKozac's picture

Truth is these 4,000 are heading to Italy to protect the Honor and Glory of the Crown:


Italy magazine goes ahead with topless Kate pics




NotApplicable's picture

Funny that this is the event that finally makes "Wills" look like a pretentious douchebag. Kid had a good image going; now though, we see just what he believes his entitlements to be.

Honestly, he'll never make a decent Anti-Christ if he keeps this up, as it ruins the facade.

otto skorzeny's picture

"Former Navy SEALS"-so that means they are paid mercenaries on foreign soil-much like the Hessians of US Rev War or Roland and his Tommy gun in Biafra

NotApplicable's picture

Could be worse, they could be back home trying to adjust to civilian life. ;)

From the looks of one of 'em in my wife's family, they get paid well.

otto skorzeny's picture

is 200K in this economy good $?

HelluvaEngineer's picture

+ per diem, plus free housing, food...

malikai's picture

Middle class, remember?

I wonder if they can still pull that kind of dosh missing arms, legs, and faces?

MachoMan's picture

Correction, the sweet thing they have back at home gets paid well...

Joe Davola's picture

It's Cheney's fault!

Greater Fool's picture

Need to have plenty of firepower on hand in case there's a need to, you know, "evacuate American civilians."

cougar_w's picture

DING DING -- we have a winner folks

Jason T's picture

Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. 



Lore's picture



"Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself."

Exactly. Those people are on the other side of the planet. As long as your neighbors aren't getting their heads blown off, it's all good. The Golden Rule is intact. Let freedom bells ring! 

BTW, who is footing the bill for this particular Great Crusade? 

exi1ed0ne's picture

Most people hate themselves, so I fail to see this as a positive.

larz's picture

I believe the globe has turned pear shaped

caimen garou's picture

Now who just said forget about the oil? black gold, middle east tea, and the loaded up the marines and headed out to sea!

Vincent Vega's picture

Yof vil take ze free-dom ahn ze de-mok-ra-see dat ve offer und you vil like it!

101 years and counting's picture

must be why oil is down $4 today.

JohnKozac's picture

Oil tumbling faster then house prices?

Holy crap!

Barry probably tipped off GS he was releasing those "emergency reserves."

larz's picture

unscheduled buying opportunity in oil

buzzsaw99's picture

i'm sure israel will help the usa pay for our weapons too. [/uber-sarc]

bullet's picture

LSU evacuated.... another bomb threat...

otto skorzeny's picture

They'll use any excuse to avoid 'Bama.

bullet's picture

fuck you otto... I have two kids on campus

HungrySeagull's picture

And some of us had family over there being shot at overseas... while the college kids run up debt.

Dr. Engali's picture

Just to give you an idea how well the propoganda is working I was having a conversation with some people who I consider to be reasonably intelligent,......at least I thought they were. The conversation revolved around oil and the middle east. They were asking me about what I thought about oil prices. I made an off the cuff comment about the naval build up there, and asked the question...do you think we would be ther if their major export is broccoli? They looked at me like I was weird and the comment was made..."what does that have to do with it?" I asked what other major export do they have? Another made the comment" they export a lot of terrorism....they are jealouse of what we have." I just looked at them realizing what I was dealing with and said" I suggest that if they didn't have oil we wouldn't be over there and they wouldn't be"exporting terrorists". Then I recommended they do some research on the petro-dollar and let the topic die.

kito's picture

you are so anti-american doc...............the federal reserve is there to help us with job growth and our military is there to liberate people from evil dictators...........you must remember this.........btw, still waiting for you to provide me the order info for your turkey sandwich..................

Dr. Engali's picture

I'm still trying to figure out how....I sent you a contact request. I was hoping to have one for lunch today...I'm starving.