Mar 30 2007
The news coming out of Bahrain shows all the signs of US ‘redeployments’ in preparation for some possible military actions against Iran.
The advice came from officers with US Central Command 5th Fleet HQ at Manama, who spoke of security tension, a hint at an approaching war with Iran. Arab sources report the positioning of a Patriot anti-missile battery in Bahrain this week; they say occupancy at emirate hotels has soared past 90% due mostly to the influx of US military personnel. They also report Western media crews normally employed in military coverage are arriving in packs.
Thursday, March 29, Gen. Khaled al-â€˜Absi, Bahrainâ€™s chief of air defense operations disclosed that new alarm networks had been installed and air defense systems upgraded to handle chemical, biological and radioactive attacks.
The USS Nimitz and its support ships will be departing San Diego Monday, April 2, to join the John C. Stennis Strike Group in the Persian Gulf. The nuclear carrier is due to relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower , but military sources in the Gulf believe all three US carriers will stay put if tensions continue to climb or if fighting breaks out involving American, British and Iranian forces.
Those are some serious indicators that the US is expecting something. I doubt they are going to be responding to Iran’s idiotic actions to date. But the Pentagon and IC must sense something might be happening. And it is possible we are seeing the break up of Iran’s Mad Mullahs:
DEBKAfileâ€™s Tehran sources report that in the contest within the Iranian leadership over how to handle the affair of the captured British seamen, the wildest radical element has gained the upper hand, reducing the prospects of their imminent release. Heading the tough Tehran faction are hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Gen. Rahim Safavi, commander of the Revolutionary Guards whose naval wing performed the seizure.
A power shift towards those all too willing to martyr the entire country is definitely something that would trigger beefed up defenses and warnings for civilains to head out of the area.