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Tuesday, October 3rd 2006

U.S. Mobilizes For War…Yet Again…

Because liberal media has such a proven track record with defense intelligence.

According to Lieut. Mike Kafka, a spokesman at the headquarters of the Second Fleet, based in Norfolk, Virginia, the Eisenhower Strike Group, bristling with Tomahawk cruise missiles, has received orders to depart the United States in a little over a week. Other official sources in the public affairs office of the Navy Department at the Pentagon confirm that this powerful armada is scheduled to arrive off the coast of Iran on or around October 21.

“I think the plan’s been picked: bomb the nuclear sites in Iran,” says Gardiner. “It’s a terrible idea, it’s against US law and it’s against international law, but I think they’ve decided to do it.” Gardiner says that while the United States has the capability to hit those sites with its cruise missiles, “the Iranians have many more options than we do: They can activate Hezbollah; they can organize riots all over the Islamic world, including Pakistan, which could bring down the Musharraf government, putting nuclear weapons into terrorist hands; they can encourage the Shia militias in Iraq to attack US troops; they can blow up oil pipelines and shut the Persian Gulf.” Most of the major oil-producing states in the Middle East have substantial Shiite populations, which has long been a concern of their own Sunni leaders and of Washington policy-makers, given the sometimes close connection of Shiite populations to Iran’s religious rulers.

Faced with a U.S. Navy denial that The Nation and the military analysts it had hired for timely quotes had uncovered it’s devious orders, The Nation does provide some wiggle room,

Of course, Gardiner agrees, recent ship movements and other signs of military preparedness could be simply a bluff designed to show toughness in the bargaining with Iran over its nuclear program. But with the Iranian coast reportedly armed to the teeth with Chinese Silkworm antiship missiles, and possibly even more sophisticated Russian antiship weapons, against which the Navy has little reliable defenses, it seems unlikely the Navy would risk high-value assets like aircraft carriers or cruisers with such a tactic. Nor has bluffing been a Bush MO to date.

Just a teeny bit of wiggle room. It might be a bluff.

That’s One Huge (Bleeping) Bluff

Luckily misinformed private citizens are planning protests,

“Be it a handful or hundreds, what’s important is that citizens not back down and let this go unchecked.”

[Tom] Palumbo says ships shouldn’t be sent until Congress and the public weigh in on the issue.

But there are some issues with the media reports.

“The Ike wasn’t supposed to deploy for another month or two, and they said pull out – you’re going to Iran,” Palumbo said.

The Navy says the Eisenhower was always supposed to deploy in October, and that does fit the schedule that has been in place. The USS Enterprise left in May. The Eisenhower will be it’s relief so it can come back in the usual six month period.

Nothing like misinformation to get you riled up. “Look A Conspiracy!”

My guess? Good ol’ Tom smokes too much that afternoon, forgets about the protest, and it fizzles. Let’s see if I’m at good at predicting that as college football games.

Of course, this really could be the Rove October surprise, and I could look like a fool before the November elections. If that comes to pass, I think being wrong on this blog will be the least of all of our problems.

Hopefully Too Busy Playing Soccer…
…To Read The Nation

H/T Wonkette (of course)