Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: US/Iran War Game Already Under Way In The Gulf ...

28 March 2007

US/Iran War Game Already Under Way In The Gulf ...


We doubt there are many who haven't heard about the UK-Iran dispute regarding 15 British sailors and marines alleged to have illegally violated Iranian territorial waters and, who subsequently have been arrested re;same.

But just in case any one here has recently been out of the universe, and missed this so 'should-have-seen-it-coming' sort of spat,
here's the latest state of game play.

To continue talking games, how many Westerners have heard about a much more sinister (war), game begun within the last two days by the US?

The one right now being played out in the Gulf? The one involving the massive gathering of American air and sea forces?

At any rate, how many who rely solely upon Western MSM for their information?

Now hear this.

The US navy has begun its largest demonstration of force in the Gulf since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The exercises, just off the coast of Iran, involve more than 10,000 US personnel.

Kevin Aandahl, a US navy commander, declined to say when plans for the exercises had been drawn up.

The manoeuvres bring together two strike groups of US warships and more than 100 aircraft to conduct simulated air warfare in and above the crowded Gulf shipping lanes.

Military exercises involve the USS John C Stennis and the USS Dwight D Eisenhower, marking the first time that the two strike groups have operated in a joint exercise under the Fifth Fleet, the navy said.

"Two air wings from the aircraft carriers will conduct air warfare exercises while the surface components will conduct exercises in three general disciplines: anti-submarine, anti-surface and mine warfare," it said.

The Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, an island state that lies across the Gulf from Iran.

News to you?

Never fear; as long as This Old Brit's still here, Richard continues reporting.

That way, readers can continue doing the deciding.

Read the rest of this revealing Al Jazeerah English report regarding the latest US war game.



Blogger Sophia said...

I like the Al-Jazeera title because this is the only thing the US is capable of right now. Unless their outstretched army leaves Iraq to the sinister civil war it planted there to invade Iran, and they would loose face in terms of blabla propaganda on democracy and stabilisation and so on, this is the only thing they can do now; show their technological force.

1:03 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

I just watched BBC TV News and along with millions of others once again had my intelligence insulted.

The 'irrefutable evidence' that Blair said he had and would produce as 'proof' of the UK's innocense?

What a laugh! It's just a chart on carboard that someone's drawn up. With a mark that's been drawn on the drawing to show where our ship was.

Can you believe it? That's the best proof-positive evidence they've got to show the world?

1:30 pm  
Anonymous Charles said...

Rex, I've just seen that too.

Then I saw an old duffer retired admiral they had for interview waffle on and on, dutifully going along withe party line.

Until .................

Untill, after he'd mentioned 'our' radar 'knowing' for certain we were on the Iraq side of border - untill the BBC newscaster threw a spanner in his works.

If our radar wa so good, she asked, then why didn't it pick up the SIX Iranian warships racing toward our craft as they crossed the border -- and WARN our guys to turn & head back to the Cornwall asap?

The admiral was obviously without any sensible answer - and after much spluttering, blushing, aheming, humming and har-ing finally admitedly (very sheepishly) that he had no idea!

1:40 pm  
Anonymous Charles. said...

Sophia, this won't be an invasion/occupation. The plan for Iran is massive bombardment via air strikes and assembled offshore naval batteries.

1:47 pm  
Blogger Naj said...

Hi there,

No this wasn't news to me, I heard it yesterday.

Iran is at point that these manouvers do not seem to sway it much. This is what I mortally feared: a cornered Iran; a total victory of its hardliner minority.

I am CERTAIN Blair is not dumb to not know this. Why doesn't he adjust his rhetoric though? Who is he trying to please? the UK people? Or is he using hard language, to prevent American's hard guns?

Imagine if a war breaks because 15 soldiers had entered Iranian waters ... (laugh at me, but I am just thinking of the royal treatment those soldiers are receiving ... when it comes to keeping the appearances, Iranians are Madame Buckets, booookkkeeeys!)

1:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also saw the chart-proof and the admiral's sinking feeling when asked the obvious question. The whole stinky thing has set-uo written all over it in CAPITALS.

2:04 pm  
Anonymous Ex RN. said...

HMS Cornwall must have known the Iranian ships were closings, using her onboard sensors. So must the Lynx helicopter on the scene at the time.

But no efforts were made by British light or heavy machineguns, to protect their sailors or prevent their capture?

I know that the Marines would have hated to have given up, and would only have done so because they were directed to by their own commanders.

A set up? I certainly believe so.

2:54 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

Ex RN has beaten me to it.

This would NEVER have been allowed to happen if the British powers that be had not expressly wanted it to.

The whole episode smells to high heaven. These marines and sailors have been USED by our own politicians (acting according to the US warmongering, war profiteering illigitimate and unelected administration) as entirely expendable pawns in the most despicable way imaginable.

The word "game" is an apt one.

3:02 pm  
Anonymous whoever said...


That's the $64,000 question. And so far it's not being answered. In fact hardly anyone among those that should is even bothering to ask it.

With all the sophsticated state of the art 21st century GPS and hi-tech radar systems aboard both HMS Cornwall and the on-the-spot helicopter above, WHY the hell were SIX Iranian navy vessels allowed to steam toward our dinghies -- without one word of warning from ANY british craft?

We all know why - don't we? We wanted this to happen. It's a very important part of the 'game'.

6:16 pm  
Anonymous Rosemary said...


Maybe both sides are playing "the game."

I still think the idea of bombardment of Iran has been so discussed and over-emphasized, something doesn't pass the "smell test."

Haven't we learned already that the U.S. often uses the distraction game?

It can't be that Iran is also in on the game .... or can it?

What is happening elsewhere that we are not supposed to notice?

The only thing that comes to mind is the MAJOR military exercises planned in the waters off the northwest(?) coast of Australia scheduled for June and the (hush-hush) buildup of a major base facility in West Australia (part of the ring 'round Russia and China). But that's near half a world away.

The only thing that is "for sure" is the the corporations in the M-I complex are getting very, very rich, while the U.S. Treasury is depleted down to nothing.

A ha! Maybe I just stumbled on the answer -- which has been all too obvious....

3:25 am  
Anonymous Tazmanian said...

The "proof" presented by Blair reminds me of one Colin Powell addressing the UN with "Exquisite British intelligence" and how that turned out to be utter baloney and has wrecked Mr Powell's image for eternity. But then what else are we expect from Lord Blair of Kut. Bastard.

4:49 pm  
Anonymous Jim DeRosa said...

scary picture.

5:20 pm  
Anonymous musings said...

The men operating the aircraft are not themselves machines, unless I am rather mistaken. In fact I am related to one young naval pilot and the last I heard from him, he was very much involved in "antiterror" propaganda. Add this to the fact that we are one incident away from a state of war with Iran.

Just to look at that formation, you can imagine the pride the guys feel in it, you can imagine the years of training, the joy of playing with these toys.

And then realize they have been indoctrinated since 9/11 in anti-Islamic stuff.

Nobody knows for sure who fired the first shot at Lexington, but judging by the snowballs with rocks at the Boston Massacre, I would bet it was an American. After that, well...

In this case, it is a distorted fight for liberty, and the naval air warriors have so much less experience with the horrible boots-on-the-ground consequences of their bombing runs.

This is only a set of impressions about how play can turn to killing in earnest. It is very disturbing, but the spark could easily flare on anyone's personal initiative, couldn't it? And given Bush, that is what they might actually be hoping for.

Bowling for Columbine in the Persian Gulf.

9:04 pm  
Anonymous bluey said...

Rosemary, it seems there are definitely some real and silly "games" being played here.

12:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is a "set-up," it certainly smells American. We specialize in the "You sank my battleship" ploy to start wars (the Maine in Havana harbor, the Lusitania, Gulf of Tonkin, and of course Pearl Harbor, where they actually did). Thanks for playing our game, Baron Blair of Baghdad -- Johnny, tell him what he's won!

7:25 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

US Launching Attack against Iran April 6

Operation Bite: April 6 Attack by US Forces against Iran planned, according to Russian Military sources.

9:30 pm  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

According to a source I trust, the story of a planned attack on April 6 came from an unreliable Russian source, probably bogus. See Badger's entry several days ago:
NYT Misinformation in Context

3:05 am  
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6:36 am  

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