Friday, January 6, 2012

6 January 2012 Somewhere near Dimona

January 2, 2012
US Troops going to Israel
“January 2, 2012. Jerusalem. In one of the most blacked-out stories in America right now, the US military is preparing to send thousands of US troops, along with US Naval anti-missile ships and accompanying support personnel, to Israel. It took forever to find a second source for confirmation of this story and both relatively mainstream media outlets are in Israel. With one source saying the military deployment and corresponding exercises are to occur in January, the source providing most of the details suggests it will occur later this spring.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 6, 2012, 6:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
“The first of 9,000 incoming US troops have arrived in Israel – not just for the joint Austere Challenge 12 exercise but for a longer stay. They are part of the joint US-Israel deployment ready for a military engagement with Iran and its possible escalation into a regional conflict. A US aircraft carrier will soon arrive for joint missions with the Israeli Air Force. Most of the US arrivals are airmen, missile interceptor teams, marines, seamen, technicians and intelligence officers…”

S. Deploys Radar, Troops To Israel
Published: 26 Sep 12:14 EDT (16:14 GMT)
“ U.S. European Command (EUCOM) has deployed to Israel a high-powered X-band radar and the supporting people and equipment needed for coordinated defense against Iranian missile attack, marking the first permanent U.S. military presence on Israeli soil.”

Cassi Creek:
          I’m unfamiliar with, however, is a highly reliable resource.  The deployment of troops to Israel can have several meanings in today’s changing foreign policy concerns.  Obviously, some facets of the media were privy to operational plans by last September. 
          I’m eager to see a coordinated anti-ballistic missile project blending U.S. and Israeli hardware and other resources.  This coordination will hopefully provide a boost-phase destruction capability that will destroy in-bound ballistic missiles while they are still in Iranian airspace, thus dropping any debris and payload material back upon Iranian soil. 
 seems to be anticipating initiation of shooting hostilities sooner than later.  Iran may well be painting itself into a corner as it uses military demonstrations to distract its populace from the economic hardships that sanctions are creating.  Evidence of this can be found in the Iranian media. is one example of state-sponsored propaganda and official bombast.  To describe the Iranian navy as “prodigious” is truly amusing.  Their midget subs and speedboat surface fleet may serve as suicide boats to attack unarmed tankers and container ships, but in any real naval battle European and  U.S. fleets will come home with brooms attached to their uppermost signal halyards. 
          We can ill afford another war and don’t need the economic disruption and loss of lives that a shooting war with Iran will yield.  However, Iran’s brown-water navy and religious fanatics can’t be allowed to block free transit of sea-lanes, and can’t be allowed to believe that it can attack Israel, the U.S., or European nations without suffering extreme and immediate consequences.  While the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were not justified once the Taliban were initially deposed, Iran has already been proven to be the main source of funds and materials used to attack U.S. embassies, naval vessels, and other locations; and to be furnishing Iranian-manufactured mines and shaped warheads to insurgents in Iraq.  They’ve already provided ample reason to consider ourselves at war with Iran.
Shabbat Shalom!

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