Trump Sends Second Aircraft Carrier To Korean Peninsula With 7,500 Sailors, Marines Aboard

Just one week after uttering his now-infamous "this is the calm before the storm" statement to the press ahead of a dinner with military leaders, we now learn that President Trump has dispatched a second nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, filled with 7,500 marines, to the Korean Peninsula.  Of course, this comes after rumors swirled earlier this week that North Korea is preparing to fire multiple short-range rockets around the opening of the Chinese Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress on Oct. 18th.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is en route to the western Pacific after leaving San Diego port last week.


The Roosevelt will focus on maritime security operations in the Pacific and Middle East, the US military announced.


But the £3.4billion ($4.5billion) warship, known as “the Big Stick”, has been sent to boost US defence on the Korean peninsula, according to South Korean media.


It is expected to arrive in region in the coming weeks amid fears North Korea is about to test another missile or nuclear weapon.

Per the following map from Stratfor, the USS Theodore Roosevelt will join the USS Ronald Reagan which is already operating in the region.

Ship Positions

According to a statement from Admiral Steve Koehler, a strike group commander on the ship, the Roosevelt is carrying some 7,500 sailors and marines that are “ready as a war fighting force”.

“The US Navy carrier strike group is the most versatile, capable force at sea,” he said in a statement before the ship’s launch.


“After nearly a year of training and integration exercises, the entire team is ready as a warfighting force and ready to carry out the nation’s tasking.”

Of course, as we noted above, this buildup of naval forces in the Pacific follows an ominous warning from the President last week that preceded a dinner with military leaders: "You guys know what this represents? Maybe it's the calm before the storm," he said: "It could be the calm... before... the storm."

A reporter quickly asked what the storm might be -"Is it Iran, ISIS, what's the storm?"  to which he replied... "'ll find out."

So what say you?  Just more bluster from a headline seeking President and normal-ish naval patrols in the Pacific or have we reached a point of no return in an escalating conflict with a rogue North Korean leader that could turn violent at any moment?


Haus-Targaryen 07564111 Fri, 10/13/2017 - 04:59 Permalink

Nothing happens, there will be no cannon fodder or dead bodies or a war. Equities, debt and real estate markets continue to skyrocket higher, AG and AU will continue to be suppressed and the cryptos will continue their vertical launch higher to ever more stupid figures. The status quo makes me fucking miserable. 

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Slack Jack Haus-Targaryen Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:03 Permalink

Engdahl says Kim Jong Un is false opposition.

Engdahl says that Kim Jong Un lived in Switzerland from 1991 until 2000. He attended the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in Köniz near Bern. The strongest hint that Kim Jong Un is a "Pentagon" puppet and not a communist (Chinese) puppet is that he had China's best friend in Pyongyang, Jang Sung-taek, executed. He also ordered the systematic execution of all other members of Jang's family including children and grandchildren (and others that were considered too close to China).

Other hints are that he is usefully (to the US) provocative and doesn't seem to listen to China.

Engdahl also thinks North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State, but it seems more likely that Kim Jong Un is indeed a "Pentagon" man but that North Korea is (i.e., will be treated as) an enemy state.…

Remember: The first rule for fighting a (real) war is to place your own puppet as the leader of the enemy.

Also, one should not forget that Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton are all Jews.

And as an example of how real wars are fought,....

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

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Slack Jack Kamehameha Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:05 Permalink

Here's something you might like:

Yesterday I grabbed a copy of David Irving's "Hitler's war."

Irving presents the view that Hitler would only attack Gibraltar if Franco gave the little boy permission.

Franco never gave the little boy Hitler permission so Hitler couldn't attack.

On page 460 Irving says "Hitler sadly reflected that if he could capture Gibraltar it would solve the whole problem with one blow, but without Spain’s consent this was impossible."

What a joke.

It couldn't be more obvious that Hitler was false opposition.

It couldn't be more obvious that David Irving is false opposition.

Irving presents the view that Hitler insisted on abiding by the Geneva Convention even if it meant losing the war.

On page 11 Irving says "He (Hitler) had opposed every suggestion for the use of poison gases, as that would violate the Geneva Protocol; at that time Germany alone had manufactured the potentially war-winning lethal nerve gases Sarin and Tabun."

Really, could it be more obvious that David Irving is false opposition.

Irving presents the view that Hitler didn't invade Britain because he liked the English. [Even though he "accidently" killed hundreds of thousands of them. I guess he didn't like the French, so he invaded them.]

Really, could it be more obvious that David Irving is false opposition.

So much for David Irving.

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Haus-Targaryen lester1 Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:46 Permalink

Who has done literally fuck all to change it. Where was his tweet after taking office "Hey everyone, stock market is MASSIVE bubble, sell everything before its too late and you loose everything" No?  Never happened?  Oh yes "STAWKS UP 25% GOLLY GEE I CREATED THIS"The guy is Judas. He sold us out for his ego.  Would have been better for Clinton to win so the collapse could be tired around her neck and not the conservative movement, which it most definitely will. 

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OverTheHedge JohninMK Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:54 Permalink

This is more headline click-bait. I have been trying to find out how many marines the ship can carry, but the crew itself seems to number around 6,000. Can they fit an extra 7,500 marines in on top of everything else they do? Not clear.There is a great little article at MoonOfAlabama about exactly this type of headline nonsense:Hacked - The Secret Pictures Of Trump's Australian Sexlife if Tyler is peeved about me promoting other people's blogs that denigrate Zerohedge headlines, then stop writing completely misleading headlines just to get clicks.However, I have no problem opening a page that is purely designed to get Tyler some ad revenue, but how about being honest about it? I'll happily open it; I just don't want to waste my day reading nonsense. Or is the headline the coded message?  

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Crazy Or Not OverTheHedge Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:23 Permalink

Several times of late I've wondered if ZH is:* For Sale again ...(re: click bait headlines) * Pussy'ing out on meaningful narratives to avoid negative Net censoring (esp. prior to sale!)* MDB is a Tyler creation to increase thread activity.* The whole site is run by 3 letter agency looking to fill FEMA farms.Marines bunk in hangers when req. Redundant info tho. as is vapid gesture. IF NK conflict goes live it will be Iraq. war of Scuds .....on steroids.

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Crazy Or Not Vageling Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:22 Permalink

See above. TROOPS/M. Corp. are more for vessel / small craft defense. Scud War Mk II over Seoul is the issue. But Kim has to launch first or China/Russian war dogs are let loose, which is not in the 2017 diary! More likely Kim is playing Croquet in the Garden while giving the finger to the passing Satellittes.

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