U.S. sends two more carrier groups to Iran’s seas
Published Aug 15, 2008 10:50 PM
Aug. 12—The impending arrival of new U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf
region will mark the largest build-up of U.S. naval forces in the area since
the 1991 Gulf War.
The aircraft carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Ronald Reagan, along with
the USS Iwo Jima, an amphibious assault ship, are sailing toward the Persian
Gulf to reinforce the U.S. strike forces in the region, along with a British
Royal Navy carrier battle group and a French nuclear hunter-killer
This move follows the ominous Operation Brimstone, a massive military exercise
involving more than a dozen warships from the U.S., England and France in the
Atlantic Ocean in preparation for a possible confrontation with Iran.
The USS Roosevelt, which participated in the just-concluded exercise, and the
USS Ronald Reagan will join two U.S. naval battle groups in the area: the USS
Abraham Lincoln with its Carrier Strike Group Nine; and the USS Peleliu, an
amphibious assault ship, with its expeditionary strike group.
This massive deployment means that hundreds of nuclear-armed warplanes,
thousands of troops, and destroyers capable of launching cruise missiles
carrying nuclear weapons, bunker busters, or fragmentation bombs will be
available for a strike on Iran. While Russia is bogged down with the crisis in
Georgia, and China is occupied with the Olympics, the Bush administration may
believe that this is an opportune time to strike. This massive deployment is
occurring as both houses of Congress are set to approve resolutions that would
mandate a U.S. blockade, itself an act of war under international law.
Organizers with the Stop War on Iran Campaign (SWOI), who initiated the Aug. 2
National Day of Action and report that protests occurred in more than 100
cities, call this deployment of naval forces an ominous sign that demands a
response from the anti-war movement.
Sara Flounders, a SWOI organizer, said, “This massive military
mobilization sends a clear signal that we must take action now to prevent
another criminal U.S. war. In the next few days and weeks, we will be
mobilizing in the streets against an attack on Iran. As we write, we are
preparing placards, banners and printed material to take to the Republican and
Democratic national convention protests. We know that the only force that will
stop the drive to war is a grassroots people’s movement.”
For more information and updates, see www.StopWarOnIran.org
Dustin Langley is a Navy veteran who served aboard an amphibious assault
ship and is an organizer with the Stop War on Iran Campaign.
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