U.S. sends aircraft carrier back to Gulf to face Iran, Syria
DUBAI (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is cutting short home leave for the crew of one of its aircraft carriers and sending them back to the Middle East next week to counter any threat from Iran, according to the official Navy News Service.
Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told sailors aboard the USS Stennis in their home port of Seattle on Wednesday they were needed back in the Middle East soon, after approving calls from the U.S. Central Command for Stennis to return to the region.Hmmm. Iran and Syria. It seems those two countries have been mentioned as trouble spots before. Something about an axis, or evil, or something like that. I do remember the liberal side of the political aisle laughing at the simplistic cowboy idiot President who used such simple terms. I also remember them pooh-poohing the threat posed to the US from these countries, not to mention the media having a field day with the simplistic, us-vs-them mindset.
Of course, now that the President has a (D) after his name, all military action is right and just, and any question of his actions means you support the Taliban, right? It couldn't POSSIBLY be that the idiot Bush was right, and these countries actually WERE a threat to the US, could it? I mean, imagine that - dumb ol' Chimpy getting something right like that...
It must be gratifying for President Bush to see his policies so thoroughly vindicated in the past four years. The internment of terrorists at Guantanamo Bay; the use of aggressive interrogation techniques; the specific targeting of threats; the use of wiretapping - all of these things were indicative of the ZOMG POLICE STATE under Bush, yet are still continued by Obama. Obviously, even though he campaigned against them, he believes in their efficiency, since he has not removed these methods.
A *real* GOP challenger to Obama would point out the glaring deficiencies between Obama the Democratic challenger in 2008 and Obama the candidate for re-election in 2012. They would point out the many Bush-era policies that Obama campaigned so strongly against - maybe even pulling up video footage of Obama giving impassioned speeches against waterboarding and Gitmo - yet are still continued today. They might even contrast all the Bush policies left in place with the continued drumbeat of the poor economy being Bush's fault - if Bush really was so bad as Obama has claimed for the past four years, why has Obama failed to reverse a single policy?
But seeing as how we don't have a real challenger to Obama, I think he'll garner another four years to *really* reverse those Bush policies...
That is all.