Friday, February 29, 2008

US ships and Israeli threats with McCain looking doubtful and time running out for Bush's middle east agenda attack is immenent to keep him in Power!

With Bush's middle east new order interference in the middle east in danger as it increasingly looks like McCain's election is not likely Bush and Israel are ratcheting up their threats to instigate war before the elections enabling Bush to stay an control and prosecute his forever wars. As if we do not have enough over there The U.S. Navy has moved the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole and other ships to the eastern Mediterranean Sea off Lebanon, Pentagon officials said Thursday. The deployment comes amid a political standoff over Lebanon's presidency, but the Navy would not say whether the events are linked.

"It's a group of ships that will operate in the vicinity for a while and as the ships in our Navy do, the presence is important," Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday. "It isn't meant to send any stronger signal than that," he said. "But it does signal that we're engaged and we are going to be in the vicinity, and that's a very important part of the world." The Cole was badly damaged by an Al Qaeda bombing during a port call in Yemen in 2000, killing 17 sailors. It returned to service in 2002. The destroyer and two support ships are close to Lebanon but out of visual range of the coast, Pentagon officials said. Another six vessels, led by the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau, are close to Italy and steaming toward the other three, the officials said.

Mullen would not say whether the deployment has anything to do with the upcoming Lebanese parliamentary vote on a new president, which was postponed for a 15th time earlier this week. But he said the vote was "important," and Washington was waiting for it to take place. And a Bush administration official told CNN the decision to move ships to the region was a message to neighboring Syria that "the U.S. is concerned about the situation in Lebanon, and we want to see the situation resolved." "We are sending a clear message for the need for stability," said the official, who was not authorized to speak for publication. The ships "should be there a while," the official added. USS Cole and other assets steam to Lebanon">

Hezbollah denounced the deployment of U.S. warships off Lebanon and said Friday it won't be intimidated, while the U.S.-backed Lebanese government distanced itself from the military move. "We did not request any warships from any party," U.S.-backed Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said, hours after the U.S. military announced it was sending ships off Lebanon. He insisted the U.S. ships would cruise off the coast, not in Lebanese territorial waters. Saniora, who has been accused by the opposition of following U.S. policy, spoke in front of Arab diplomats at government headquarters in Beirut after his Hezbollah opponents called the U.S. deployment a threat to Lebanese sovereignty and independence. The U.S. military said Thursday the Navy was sending at least three ships, including an amphibious assault ship, to the eastern Mediterranean Sea in a show of strength during a period of tensions with Syria and political uncertainty in Lebanon.

"We are facing an American threat against Lebanon," Hezbollah legislator Hassan Fadlallah said. "It is clear this threat and intimidation will not affect us," he said on local television. Bush naval threat will do its job of instigation to war

The instigation is doing its job, It is a clear message alright! The US is concerned time is running out for Bush, he wants his way period, and Israel is preparing to give him the excuse to have it and Bush will be in position to take advantage. An Israeli minister gave warning today that the Gaza faces a “holocaust” if Islamist militants there do not end their daily barrages of home-made Qassam rockets, and their increasing use of Iranian-built Grad missiles. “The more Qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves,” Matan Vilnai, the Deputy Defense Minister said.

The use of the term "holocaust" is usually restricted to descriptions of the Nazi genocide of the Jews in Europe in the Second World War, and many Israelis resent its use in any other context. Mr Vilnai’s deployment of the word appeared to show Israel’s growing frustration that Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza refuse to curb their attacks, despite heavy tolls inflicted in Israeli air strikes and tank raids.Israel has killed more than 30 Palestinians, including four children and a baby, in the past two days amid a dramatic escalation of the cross-border war. Palestinians have fired close to 130 rockets in the same period, killing one man on an Israeli campus.

Israeli defense officials said that preparations for a large-scale ground offensive to storm Gaza and break Hamas have been completed, but that they are waiting for improved weather conditions to begin what many predict would be a hugely bloody offensive into the crowded streets of Gaza’s cities and refugee slums. Many observers worry that Israel could be dragged back into a costly, long-term military occupation of Gaza, which may not even halt the rocket fire. Militants have been firing them for seven years, while Israel only ended its occupation of the Strip two years ago. “We’re getting close to using our full strength. Until now, we’ve used a small percentage of the army’s power because of the nature of the territory,” Mr Vilnai said.

Ehud Barak, the Defense Minister, was reported in the Israeli media to have sent messages to world leaders giving warning of an impending conflagration in Gaza, but insisted that Hamas’s endless rocket attacks have left Israel with no choice but to attack. “Hamas bears responsibility for this deterioration and it will also bear the results,” he said. Ismail Haniyah, the dismissed Hamas Prime Minister who has largely avoided public appearances for fear of being a target of Israel, warned worshippers at a mosque that they were looking at open conflict. “Gaza today faces a real war, a crazy war led by the enemy against our people,” he said, condemning the Arab world’s silence over the escalating violence and accusing it of “encouraging the Israeli aggression”. Israel threatens to unleash Holocaust

* Time is rapidly running out for everyone desiring to ratchet this up on all sides with Bush's time to find a reason to attack running short and John McCain's election the person who would stay the course so Bush will not have to make a move that would put American stability in Jeopardy is looking increasingly less likely. This middle east explosion instigated by Bush is getting closer. We have been saying for quite a while it has to happen before 2008 winds down and it will but what about China? What about Russia's subs, missiles, and other Naval assets in the area? Hold on people time is running out!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma


Brother Tim said...

We have driven rival countries, who were bitter enemies, into each other's open arms. We have caused the creation of a powerful triumvirate, China, Russia, and Iran.

This does not even take into account all the lesser players, such as the Non-Aligned Movement.

The end is near, and it's gonna be ugly.

sumo said...

We've all said how stupid Bush is...but look what he has accomplished for an idiot. I guess he's convinced himself he is doing God's work...therefore it is okay. Yes...we will rue the day. Thanks for your visit Jim.

an average patriot said...

You know your on top of that. We will be facing the triumvirate as well as the 135 non aligned nations and everyone else that wants to see us sink. I had an Indian Political Doctor that sent me something he put together saying whoever uses nukes first is going to incur the wrath of the rest of the world and if bush attacks Pakistan and it looks like a real possibility, India will join Pakistan to destroy us.
Recently Russia has been refortifying Military ties with India. You know the assassins mace and HAARP etc. I like you just have to hope the chief pile of crap knows something we don't but I wouldn't count on it.

an average patriot said...

Yeah he thinks he talks to God and he's doing Gods work. He's talking to someone but it isn't God. The only work he is doing for God is to bring about the end of days and God will make him pay for thinking he can do what is meant for God.
By the way I saw your reply and was going to get back to you because I wanted Gore then Edwards but the people want Obama and that will work for me. A bonus would be having Edwards on the ticket for more reasons than one.

Brother Tim said...

I think I would rather Edwards as AG over VP.

Bush never learned the lesson of the 'schoolyard bully'. Sooner or later the victims band together and beat the livin' crap outta him. Unfortunately, the citizens of America will end up as collareral damage, and the Neocons will be crying about those 'barbarians' that would do such a thing to us.

I'm ashamed of our leadership.

Karen said...

"I'm ashamed of our leadership."

Me too.

an average patriot said...

I hear a lot of people that think like that. My motivation though in having Edwards as VP is that, that may inhibit those behind the right from assassinating Obama and if they do as I fully expect we will have Edwards as President!
If Bush doesn't get us in deeper first and he is kept in office. What is terrible is these are not the thoughts of a conspiracy theorist but those of a realist!

an average patriot said...

Me three brother and Karen. That is putting it mildly!
In reality unless Bush plans on defeating China and others and cancalling his prohibitive debt I don't se how we can ever get out from underneath. Then there is the environment, Damn!

Dave Dubya said...

Man, the list of countries Bush has actively screwed up is getting long.

Starting with the US. We see his dirty corrupting stain on, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Iraq (Along with Syria and Jordan for taking the Iraqi refugees they cannot absorb.) All while letting Israel operate with impunity against Lebanon and Palastinians and other neighbors with our tacit approval.

Then there's the failed right wing assisted coup in Venezuela that still sticks in the Bushies' craw.

I'm sure I have left a few out, even.

It's getting pretty damn hard to be proud to be American.

an average patriot said...

Son of a gun! I have written on it many times that I no longer trust our past or know how I should feel. I believe we have good intentions but our so called leaders are lying to us and screwing us along with the rest of the world.
I just finished todays post saying how screwed up things are and the idiot in his radio address today talked abou nothing but drug abuse. it's all for a reason and I wanted to scream!

TomCat said...

Here's a list of countries Bush has not alienated:

{end of list}

Don't be surprised if we see some kind of naval false-flag operation, reminiscent of the destruction of the battleship Maine in Havana harbor in 1898 or the Gulf of Tonkin incident. However, I would think they may wait until late summer or early fall.

an average patriot said...

I absolutely expect something contrived. Gee since it came out that that confrontation in the gulf was partially real and partially contrived to give Bush the reason to get this going that pretty much died didn't it.
Right now I am hearing again that Iranian interference in Iraq is again on the increase. Bush will find his excuse for war with Iran just as he did in Iraq.