Navy Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said Monday 04/09/2012 that the U.S. has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf amid rising tensions with Iran over its nuclear program.
The nuclear-powered USS Enterprise has joined the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group; marking only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the region.
Commander Derrick-Frost stated that the two battleships will act as support for the U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia’s coast and in the Gulf of Aden. More importantly, the carriers will also patrol the Gulf’s strategic oil routes that Iran has repeatedly threatened to shut down in response to economic sanctions.
Monday’s announced deployment comes less than a week before world superpowers are set to kick-off negotiations in Istanbul, Turkey, with Iran over its contentious nuclear program. The Islamic Republic’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi stated that his nation would not agree to world powers imposing pre-conditions ahead of the resumption of talks, Iranian media reported on Monday. The Iranian parliamentary news agency quoted Akbar Salehi as saying: “setting conditions before the meeting means drawing conclusions, which is completely meaningless and none of the parties will accept conditions set before the talks.”
Indeed, setting conditions before the meeting is meaningless – equally as meaningless as these talks will be. It is likely that this confab in Istanbul will merely buy more time for the Iranian regime to further develop its nuclear weapons capabilities; despite whatever transparencies, cutbacks, reductions or scaling-down that it may agree to.
It is safe to assume that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak know that the Iranian negotiating team will coalesce and bluff as a metaphorical card shark with quicksilver flowing through its anthropomorphic veins. Unfortunately, America and a western world that desires both peace at any cost and the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama will buy Iran’s cheap talk and swallow its sweet strychnine-coated lies.
To its own peril, it is an America and a western world that continues to offer support to the face while impaling a knife into the back of Israel; the nation that remains the apple of God’s eye.