Ordinarily, the deployment of a carrier battle group to the Persian Gulf region would be a matter of routine. Indeed, this probably is just that. However, given the current Geopolitical situation and the election timing, it might have been wise to dawdle, because intentions can be misread, or worse yet, read quite accurately.
That is one hell of a lot of ... well, atomic and precision munition hell, pointedly directed at Iran, because there's bugger all that battle group can do to improve the situation in Iraq.
I think that if it looks to GWB that the Republicans are going to loose Congress, he will start a nuclear war and declare martial law, because in that scenario, he does not have a great deal to lose. He will almost certainly be impeached, and if he is not further convicted of various illegal acts, possibly extending to war crimes, it will be a strange mercy.
In effect, this is a gun pointed at your head, far more than at Iran's population.
This sort of threat is directly in line with his past behavior. Were I to bet on the scenario being played out, I would bet money on the USS Eisenhower disappearing in an atomic fireball in a repeat of the "USS Maine" pretext used to start the Spanish American War.
AlterNet: Does Bush Think War with Iran Is Preordained?:
By Chris Hedges, Truthdig. Posted October 10, 2006.
The Christian right sees an apocalyptic nuclear war with Iran as a vision set forth in the Bible. Bush himself may be a believer, too.
The aircraft carrier Eisenhower, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio, guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage, guided-missile destroyer USS Mason and the fast-attack submarine USS Newport News, is, as I write, making its way to the Straits of Hormuz off Iran. The ships will be in place to strike Iran by the end of the month. It may be a bluff. It may be a feint. It may be a simple show of American power. But I doubt it.
The article goes on to point out that even a precision nuclear barrage cannot defeat Iran. We would have to occupy it and defeat some very justly pissed people in detail. If you think you've seen problems with suicide bombers before, imagine a scenario where there are thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people who know they are dead already from fallout, to whom an explosive finale could only be a mercy. It also points out that atomic war in Iran will mean in all probability, the end of Israel as a nation, world wide depression and oil at 110 dollars a barrel.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress have to wake up and smell the reality. This administration must go, and it is up to them to send it packing. Republicans now have little or nothing to lose and could even restore their political fortunes, at least well enough to return another day. Indeed, it's hard to think of anything less dramatic that might redeem them in the eyes of the public. A little actual heroism might dispel the impression that Congress persons of both parties are little better than used car salesmen or personal injury lawyers.
But in order to do that, there would have to be a Congress of elected Senators and representatives. It seems to me a good bet that George Bush considers all of you dispensable in his quest for Armageddon.
I think I should remind you-all that Congress is where Congress meets. That might best be done in a place where George has less direct control of air and land forces.
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