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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Big Stick

Indiadaily.com :

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is on the move in Atlantic Ocean and is possibly headed towards the Mediterranean Sea. The convergence of three carrier groups in the corridor of the Middle East will send very strong message to the Syrians and Iranians. There are indications that soon US is moving two more aircraft carrier battle groups to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf. This will spell a formidable strike force for Iran and Syria who are in defiance on issues of Lebanon and Nuclear weapons development. Outbound from Singapore, the USS Carl Vinson is currently crossing the Indian Ocean headed towards Middle-East. This will be the first time since February 2004 that US will have three major carrier groups stationed on and around Middle East. Each of these carrier groups carry nearly 85 aircrafts and is capable of deliver precision-guided munitions. In addition there are anti-submarine aircrafts, airborne-early-warning and rotary-wing aircrafts. Because in the air refueling capabilities these aircrafts can operate from a long distance. The carrier groups are independent and can operate indefinitely. U.S. military air bases in Turkey, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia and the three carrier groups will create a formidable force far superior to any military in the region.
The nickname for the USS Theodore Roosevelt is, very appropriately, Big Stick. I am quite sure that both Iran and Syria are paying attention to this news. I would prefer that the situations in regards to Syria and Iran be resolved without us needing to resort to violence, but a willingness to deploy violence is a more sure route to a peaceful resolution than appeasement. In the case of Iran especially, if they do not abandon their nuclear activities I think we have no choice but to attack, at the very least with targetted air strikes. Some say we should just let Israelis do it, and I think that they would, but that would be counter productive I believe. (via Instapundit and Regime Change Iran)


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