U.S. Reduces Gulf Naval Presence

News Brief – Nov 23, 2012

For the first time since December 2010 the U.S. will not have two aircraft carrier groups on station in the Persian Gulf.
The decline has been necessitated by the recall of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for repairs to its flight deck. The departure of the USS Eisenhower will leave the USS John C. Stennis as the only U.S. aircraft carrier in the region.
It’s thought that the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower will only be able to return to the gulf early next spring.
While there are professed practical reasons for the reduction of U.S. naval forces in the Persian Gulf the implications go deeper.
Together with the recall of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, here has been a spate of sackings, demotions and falls from favour among senior U.S. military and intelligence officers recently. 
One of the most prominent high-profile falls was the former CIA Director General Petraeus, who resigned recently over an alleged extra-marital affair. As others have pointed out however, there is good reason to believe that the general’s affair with Paula Broadwell was really a pretext for his removal in what effectively amounts to a purge.
Many other commanders and senior military and intelligence officers who seemed to be actively agitating for some sort of military confrontation with Iran have been similarly removed from their posts on a variety of pretexts recently.
On Monday the U.S. Navy dismissed two more commanders amid allegations of misconduct, weeks before they were both scheduled to assume new commands.
Coupled with the sudden reduction of U.S. naval forces on station in the Persian Gulf we can only conclude that the U.S. has decided to back away from military confrontation with Iran.
If so we can all be grateful.
Only weeks ago in the run-up to the U.S. presidential elections military confrontation with the Islamic Republic looked a real possibility. Indeed, many believed that once the U.S. election was over such a confrontation would become an imminent reality.
If that had happened a third world war could easily have followed.
Since Obama’s re-election however, there has been a noticeable easing of tensions as if, having secured a second term in the White House, he no longer needed to appease militant Zionists who are eager for U.S. military confrontation with Iran.
So for the time being at least, we may all breath a little easier.

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