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Just so people can keep score, the current deployment is of the Enterprise Carrier group.

This lot will be joined by the Eisenhower Carrier group and Expeditionary Strike Group 5 who are already at sea and scheduled to be in place within 6 weeks.

So this news that they will be joined by the Nimitz group certainly looks like a massive build-up of forces in the region.

course it's not intended to be pre-emptive at all. Provocative ? Good grief, noooooo.

I don't subscribe to all the thinking that suggests that, as the enterprise is old and possibly "expendable", it is there as a sacrificial pawn in a Gulf of Tonkin recreation. But it's interesting that many people think their government might act like that.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 03:10:00 PM EST
"... might act like that" ???

Try, "does act like that."

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 03:17:11 PM EST
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Like I said, I don't subscribe to that thinking at all ;-)

Frankly, looking at that last missile test the iranians posted, I'd be surprised if they hit the chinese embassy in bulgaria, let alone the enterprise

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 04:36:44 PM EST
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Take public statements about missile tests with a grain of salt, successful tests are downplayed and failures overplayed. Countries, and defense contractors, have a lot to hide in those things.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 08:19:59 PM EST
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I remember Chekhov in this case - when there is the gun on the stage it should be used. Who would believe Bush & Co that expensive voyage of these carriers to Persian Gulf is just a demonstration of force intimidating Iranians to cooperate? And then thanks for their willing cooperation?
Of course not, as we have seen in the run-up to Iraq war Buch clique does not need even pretext to launch "preemptive strike".
by FarEasterner on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 04:54:10 PM EST
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