Syria the next Libya?
November 23, 2011,
The State Department is telling Americans to get the heck out of Dodge — and by Dodge, the government means Damascus. Syria is about to explode. And as it so happens, CVN-77, aka the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, just happened to park itself in the Mediterranean on Sunday. Zero Hedge seems to think this is of some significance.
From the Virginian-Pilot: “Norfolk — The George H.W. Bush carrier strike group is making its way home after five months of combat operations in the Middle East, according to a Navy news release. The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush and the squadrons and staffs of Carrier Air Wing 8 and Destroyer Squadron 22 arrived in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday. While there, the Bush will conduct a range of operations and help maintain maritime security, the news release said… A specific homecoming date has not been announced.”
From CBS: “BEIRUT – The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart “immediately,” and Turkey’s foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria… The warning followed an announcement in Washington this week that Ambassador Robert Ford would not return to Syria this month as planned, indicating concerns over his safety. The Obama administration quietly pulled Ford out of Syria last month, citing credible personal threats against him. The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia and avoid traveling through Syria for security reasons.”
From Zero Hedge:
Yesterday we reported that the Arab League (with European and US support) are preparing to institute a no fly zone over Syria. Today, we get an escalation which confirms we may be on the edge. Just out from CBS: “The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart “immediately,” and Turkey’s foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria.” But probably the most damning evidence that the “western world” is about to do the unthinkable and invade Syria, and in the process force Iran to retaliate, is the weekly naval update from Stratfor, which always has some very interesting if always controversial view on geopolitics, where we find that for the first time in many months, CVN 77 George H.W. Bush has left its traditional theater of operations just off the Straits of Hormuz, a critical choke point, where it traditionally accompanies the Stennis, and has parked… right next to Syria.
Granted, Zero Hedge does get excitable, and maybe it is Bush’s turn to visit the Med, but it is something to keep an eye on in between courses of turkey and the Detroit Lions-Green Bay game. I love the Pack and Aaron Rodgers, but shouldn’t the Lions get a chance to shine in the national spotlight?