Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Provocation At Its Best

The American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has passed through the Strait of Hormuz, shadowed by Iranian patrol boats.

The United States did the same thing back in the day when China and Tiawan were shooting at each other over a couple of little islands called Quemoy and Matsu.

I know, because I was a crew member of one of the ships that ran the gauntlet, the aircraft carrier USS midway. The task force was ordered through a narrow strait between the Chinese coast and one of the islands where they were exchanging artillery fire.

Wisely, the Chinese stopped shooting as our vessels passed through since they realized that we had several hundred aircraft from the Midway and other carriers a bit further out to sea flying around, fully armed, and just waiting for a shell to hit one of our ships.

We all knew beyond a doubt that the American government was trying to create an incident that would justify our attacking the Chinese mainland.

No shell hit our vessels, no attack occurred, no new war began.

Well... If it didn't work with the Chinese, maybe it will work with the Iranians.

There is no justifiable reason whatever to send one of our aircraft carriers where the USS Abraham Lincoln was just sent. It places a multi-billion dollar asset - the carrier - in harms way when no need exists to do so.


Unless the United States Federal Government wants to start another war, hoping a hothead on one of those little patrol vessels does something - anything - stupid.

Another thing: It's no longer beyond the realm of possibility for this federal government to stage an attack. After all, the Bush administration flat out lied about Iraq's non-existent WMD's to start a war.

If Bush could, why not Obama?

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