The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Eisenhower and its accompanying strike force of cruiser, destroyer and attack submarine slipped their moorings and headed off for the Persian Gulf region on Oct. 2, as I had predicted in a piece in The Nation magazine a few weeks back.As reported a week ago:
The massive carrier and four other Norfolk-based ships and submarines are carrying 6,500 sailors... The ships will head to the Mediterranean Sea and eventually will relieve the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise strike group. The Enterprise is in the Arabian Sea supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.So the USA will have two aircraft carriers, among other vessels, in the Iran/Iran region just prior to the mid-term elections. Scary!
I hope I am wrong about all this, but the sailing of the Eisenhower, which had been pushed forward recently by about a month by the Pentagon for clearly political reasons, makes me think I'm right. A key will be what happens with the Enterprise carrier strike force, which has already been on station in the Arabian Sea for six months, where it has been launching air strikes against Afghanistan and Iraq targets. Ordinarily, such deployments last six months and then the carrier group returns to base for resupply and for R&R for the crew. If the Enterprise is held over for a longer deployment, after the arrival of the Eisenhower, we will know that something serious is planned.
Meanwhile, journalist Larisa Alexandrovna, in the online publication Raw Story, reports that top military leaders are already engaging in "branches and sequels" planning for an Iran attack, which her sources tell her is the kind of planning that is done "after an initial plan has been decided upon."