Tuesday :: Mar 27, 2007

Naval Maneuvers Start Off The Coast Of Iran

by Steve

I'm sure the timing of this is purely coincidental, and it's not intended to be provocative:

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday began its largest demonstration of force in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by a pair of aircraft carriers and backed by warplanes flying simulated attack maneuvers off the coast of Iran.
The maneuvers bring together two strike groups of U.S. warships and more than 100 U.S. warplanes to conduct simulated air warfare in the crowded Gulf shipping lanes.

We should have known with everything going to hell for the Bush Administration here at home, and after the Democrats gave Bush a blank check on Iran, that he would commence a major naval exercise right now.

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kevin Aandahl said the U.S. maneuvers were not organized in response to the capture of the British sailors — nor were they meant to threaten the Islamic Republic, whose navy operates in the same waters.
He declined to specify when the Navy planned the exercises.
Aandahl said the U.S. warships would stay out of Iranian territorial waters, which extend 12 miles off the Iranian coast.

And yet, the exercises specifically target Iran:

Overall, the exercises involve more than 10,000 U.S. personnel on warships and aircraft making simulated attacks on enemy shipping with aircraft and ships, hunting enemy submarines and finding mines.

In other words, we're targeting the Iranian navy. We're doing this to send a message, because we can, just like the Iranians snatching the Brits because they could. But the risk for something stupid to happen is real.

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