Skip to comments.Thousands of US troops land in Israel. Aircraft carrier coming soon
Posted on 01/07/2012 11:47:20 AM PST by NYer
Thousands of US troops began descending on Israel this week. Senior US military sources told debkafile Friday, Jan. 6 that many would be staying up to the end of the year as part of the US-IDF deployment in readiness for a military engagement with Iran and its possible escalation into a regional conflict. They will be joined by a US aircraft carrier. The warplanes on its decks will fly missions with Israeli Air Force jets. The 9,000 US servicemen gathering in Israel in the coming weeks are mostly airmen, missile interceptor teams, marines, seamen, technicians and intelligence officers.
The incoming American soldiers are officially categorized as participants in Austere Challenge 12, the biggest joint US-Israeli war game ever held.
The maneuver was originally designated Juniper Stallion 2012. However, the altered name plus the comment heard from the exercise's commander, US Third Air Force Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc, during his visit two weeks ago, that the coming event is more a "deployment" than an "exercise," confirmed that Washington has expanded its mission. The joint force will now be in place ready for a decision to attack Iran's nuclear installations or any war emergency.
Our sources disclose that it was decided at the last minute in Washington and Jerusalem to announce the forthcoming Austere Challenge 12 on Thursday night, Jan. 5, ahead of the bulletin released by Tehran about another Iranian naval exercise at the Strait of Hormuz to take place in February, although its 10-day drill in the same arena only ended Monday, Jan. 2.
The early release was decided in consultations among US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the two army chiefs, US Gen. Martin Dempsey and Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.
British Defense Minister Phillip Hammond, on a visit to Washington, was brought into the discussion.
The handout circulated to US correspondents from Hammond's talks in the US capital affirmed that Britain stands ready to strike Iran if the Strait of Hormuz is closed.
However, that phrase was omitted from the British minister's remarks at a news conference, following a last-minute request from Panetta, signifying the Obama administration's interest of keeping a low profile on plans for attacking Iran.
Tehran too is walking a taut tightrope. It is staging military's maneuvers every few days to assuring the Iranian people that its leaders are fully prepared to defend the country against an American or Israeli strike on its national nuclear program. By this stratagem, Iran's ground, sea and air forces are maintained constantly at top war readiness to thwart any surprise attack.
The joint US-Israeli drill will test multiple Israeli and US air defense systems against incoming missiles and rockets, according to the official communiqué.
debkafile's military sources add that they will also practice intercepting missiles and rockets coming in from Syria, Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
It will not be the first time a US aircraft carrier docks in Israel for joint operations with the Israeli Air Force. On June 9, 2010, the USS Truman dropped anchor opposite Israel to test a joint deployment against Iran and its allies. The carrier and its air and naval strike force then staged joint firing practices with the Israeli Air Force over the Negev in the South.
Washington and Jerusalem are doing their utmost to present a perfectly synchronized military front against Iran: American officers are stationed at IDF command centers and Israeli officers posted at the US European Command-EUCOM. At the same time, debkafile's military sources disclose that full consensus has not been reached on every last particular of shared operation against Iran, should one go forward.
Why am I thinking that Hussein sent them there and gave Iran their oordinates?
IT’S DEBKKA...sigh...enuff said.
What a schmuck. All along barry has been doing everything AGAINST Israel....NOW he wants to “protect” them?
He’s like a 2 year old child who closes his/her eyes and thinks we can’t “see them”.
WE STILL SEE YOU BARRY!
Someone I know in the Marines said last week he was heading to the Middle East. He hoped to get stationed in Israel.
Obama’s way to win in 2012.
WP is saying the same.
Ok so it is, but I would think someone in the MSM would ask zer0 what He’s up too.
Something else is going on....
That’s nearly identical to what I was thinking.
More likely that Hussein’s “October surprise” will be an attack on iran to try and ensure that he is re-elected.
He is absolutely up to using the military and their lives in that fashion for himself...when if he was going to do it for the good of the nation it would have already ahppened long ago.
However, it would not surprise me that Obama would be more than happy to have Iran field test their first nuke on Israel while our troops were stationed there.
As silly as this sounds, it would fit perfectly into the plans of those who are determined to destroy our Representative Republic.
Is this satire?
Hello, the source is Debka. Does that tell you anything?
A war with Iran will immediately launch oil above $200/barrel, sinking the US economy, leading to more calls for the Federal Govt to do something. They’ll do something alright........seize whats left of a free economy. The tools are there to designate political opponents as “enemies of the state” subjecting them to arrest and detainment. Everyone assumes there will be an election in October; I don’t. Heil Obama!!!
Odd, nothing on the DoD, U.s. Navy, USMC, or U.S. Army websites about this.
Rather than being there to defend against Irn, who is to say they are not there to suppress and attack by Israel. Something like, “Hey, Israel, you’re not going to attack Iran, ever. To make you feel a little better, we’ll put some guys over there to maybe shoot down some missiles if they head your way.”
In Korea, it was rumored that our US military presence was not so much to deter the Norks, but to stop the SK from heading north and drawing us into another Chinese conflict.
I hope he does too. Probably the safest place in the middle east.
Upon hearing about all the defense cuts, they've decided to defect!
Any nukes dropped on israel while substantial US military is there would be an instant “no holds barred” total annihilation bombing campaign of Iran in which all of europe and nato would participate without regard to any objections from any UN members. The world would get to see just what american aggression without any restraints will look like(anything less would probably get obama murdered).
The turds in iran know it too.
Obamas way to recover the Jewish vote.
Bibi could be our blessing. The rats are, after all, the party of unintended consequences.
The cowards would almost certainly never agree to nuke Iran if Iran nukes Israel, and although there may be conventional attacks on Iran, the goal of crippling a significant portion of our military would still be accomplished (not Iran's goal, but the goal of those working to destroy our Representative Republic), and Iran would achieve its primary goal of destroying Israel, consequences be damned.
I base my nonsense on the current mindset of the west's “leaders”, including the mindset of the lunatics in the Middle East.
Yeah, highly unlikely, but still plausible, IMO.
There have been news stories and threads on this all last week.
It’s legit this time.
Zero may try to start a war with Iran to gain reelection, but it didn't work for LBJ.
Enter this in google and mash the search button:
"Austere Challenge" site:.mil
716 results, some about the 2012 exercise
What does Bible Prophecy say about the “kings of the North?
Our Nation has a political habit of putting our Military as targets in harms way.IF they act like the Baby Blue UN troops they probably represent they will probably do Nothing to stop or curb the Islamic Terrorism in Israel. question is who will
command them and will they be ordered to illegally alter their BDU as happened when the Army still had Michael G.New on its rolls.
Waggy the Doggy???
The US military generals appear to be nothing more than stooges for this traitor. Oh that’s right, my bad. He can’t be called a traitor since he’s failed to prove his citizenship to the US. Let’s say fraudulent POS instead.
DEBKKA prints a lot of rumors and calls it news. If we are putting 9000 US troops there, they are in the bullseye of the Iranian A-bomb and would be in great danger. If we were really wanting to intimidate Iran, US troops in Israel are just too far away to deploy to Iran. I’d use fleet Marines stationed on ships or do the deployment in a friendly Gulf state. Obama is unlikely to do anything to provoke Iran as he has ignored every bad thing Iran has done for the past 2+ years.
Joint exercises. Widely reported.
While most are pondering a wag the dog scenario, allies against iran, or simply a planned exercise, I can’t help but wonder. Could this be setting up possible enforcement of pre-67 borders?
I’m wondering about that too. I didn’t know until recently that Israel has a four tier missile defense system and an US military operated X band radar system on their soil.
could this be about going to war for oil? i thought that was bad and we wern’t supposed to do that. oh wait we woudnt have to if we were allowed to drill for our selfs only that might hurt the enviroment. who cares about the people.
“Any nukes dropped on israel while substantial US military is there would be an instant no holds barred total annihilation bombing campaign of Iran.”
Nope, Obama would say, I’m sorry and kiss their Muslim as$es. Then dance on the graves of dead U.S. soldiers.
I doubt it. He’s smart enough to know He’d become a target if he did.
Nor on any Israeli news site or any other blogs. We left Iraq tooting our horn and now we go to Israel? Damn sight easier to just go over to Israel from there. This is Debka- tin foil city.
On what? A joint training exercise? Cause that is what it is- no matter who is trying to gin it up. Were we to actually be doing something there would be NO talks of downsize— because we couldn’t handle the mideast without sufficient forces in country. About which see: Iraq.
And he originally got elected on the Bush Lied, People Died platform.
O the irony.
In Revelations chapter 6, the first of the seven seals brings forth the white (first) horse of the apocalypse. I have a bible annotated by biblical scholars. A note says the white horse symbolizes the Kingdom of Parthia. The center of Parthia was present-day Iran.
Thanks NYer, additional:
Thousands of US troops deploying to Israel
Reuters | 05 January, 2012, 23:00 | Nir Elias
Posted on 01/05/2012 3:37:27 PM PST by VU4G10
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For any other administration maybe, but this is Hussein the Muzzy we're talking about.
Wouldn’t it be easier to hit Iran from Afghanistan, Iraq or Kuwait?
“However, that phrase was omitted from the British minister’s remarks at a news conference, following a last-minute request from Panetta, signifying the Obama administration’s interest of keeping a low profile on plans for attacking Iran.”
I do not like this for a lot of reasons, but one of the big ones is “Panetta”.