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This massive military buildup indicates that either President Obama rates the odds of an Israel attack as high and is bolstering the defenses of US military assets against Iranian reprisals - or, alternatively, that the United States intends to beat Israel to the draw and attack Iran itself.
In addition, these troops include the United States Army’s 1st Calvary Division’s 1st Brigade which boasts tanks, artillery and over 4,500 troops. The 1st Brigade has been dubbed a “mobile response force” for the region according to Colonel Scott L. Efflandt, commander of the brigade.
Apparently there is yet another unit which will be heading to Kuwait in the near future, but details on the unit’s size, composition and mission have not been provided by officials
This is to include the Makin Island groups accompanied by the USS New Orleans and the Pearl Harbor amphibious transport dock ships.
The personnel on these ships, which will include sailors, marines and airmen, will be backed up by a general support battalion along with attack helicopters.
There are also reports of another aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, moving to the region, again something which will not serve to comfort the Iranian government in this time of record-level saber rattling.
The USS John C. Stennis is slated to return home to the United States in the near future, but according to Stars and Stripes, officials have stated that the Stennis will be replaced by the USS Enterprise so two carriers are still present in the region.
The decision was made by Defense Ministry officials in coordination with the Pentagon.
"[Obama] is definitely capable of ordering a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities," Joe Lieberman (I-CT) told The Cable in a Friday interview.
Roberts added, “The raised level of Washington's rhetoric and demonization of Iran” is one of the signals pointing to Washington intent of a military strike on Iran.
“Only the blind do not see that the US government is preparing to attack Iran,” he said.
However, he argued that Iran's nuclear program is merely a pretext for a US attack on the country, saying the US government's war preparations are in fact driven by other factors.
First, he said, is the US government's “neoconservative ideology,” that calls for the US to use its superior military and economic position to achieve world hegemony.
“A second factor is Israel's desire to eliminate all support for the Palestinians and for Hezbollah in southern Lebanon,” Craig Roberts said, adding that by eliminating Iran, Washington removes all obstacles to Israel's expansionism, which ultimately seeks to “seize all of Palestine and the water resources of southern Lebanon.”
A third factor motivating a US strike on Iran, Craig Roberts argues, is to deter or slow China's rise as a military and economic power by controlling China's access to energy.
“If the missiles aren't launched, Americans would wake up the next day a bankrupt third world country. If the missiles were launched, few Americans would wake up,” Craig Roberts concluded.
British Labor MP, Jeremy Corbyn, has warned against sanctions against Iran as he has urged Britain and the US to stop their scandalous campaign of making baseless accusations against Iran and it nuclear program.
“Western and UN-imposed sanctions against Iran are likely to backfire against Western economies and interests with any oil embargo likely to be followed by a threatened Iranian naval blockade of the Straits of Hormuz,” said Corbyn.
Furthermore, the Independent revealed on Saturday that, in his private talks with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, British Prime Minister David Cameron has asked him to increase his country's oil production.
“It's unacceptable and others need to listen to that and act on that at the UN. Britain stands ready to do that,” said Cameron as he begged the Russian government to downgrade its relationship with Syria.
Cameron's calls for the invasion of Syria on Friday coincide with those of the Qatari emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who also called for military intervention in Syria on Saturday.