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I am putting this under "Military" but I assume everyone realizes the implications for our Syria policy.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west toward the Red Sea to help support a limited U.S. strike on Syria, if needed, defense officials said on Sunday.

The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked.

"It's about leveraging the assets to have them in place should the capabilities of the carrier strike group and the presence be needed," said the official.

"We try to reduce the physics of time and space so we can be as ready as possible should we be needed," said a second official, cautioning that decisions about ship positioning in the Mediterranean were still being finalized.

President Barack Obama on Saturday delayed imminent cruise missile strikes by five destroyers off the coast of Syria until Congress had time to vote on the issue, effectively putting any military action on hold for at least nine days.

The delay gives military planners more time to reassess which ships and other weapons will be kept in the region - and which may be swapped out - before the military launches what defense officials say is still intended to be a limited and narrowly targeted attack on Syria.

The U.S. Navy doubled its presence in the eastern Mediterranean over the past week, effectively adding two destroyers to the three that generally patrol the region.

The destroyers are carrying a combined load of about 200 Tomahawk missiles, but officials say a limited strike on Syria could be accomplished with half that number.

The Nimitz carrier group had been in the Indian Ocean supporting U.S. operations in Afghanistan but was due to sail east around Asia to return to its home port in Everett, Washington, after being relieved in recent days by another aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman.

Given the situation in Syria, U.S. military officials decided to reroute the Nimitz and send it west toward the Red Sea, and possibly the Mediterranean, officials said.


http://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-uss-nimitz-carrier-group-rerouted-possible-help-010255409.html?.tsrc=samsungwn&.sep=table

I take this as further evidence Obama is hell bent on getting us involved in Syria.
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Re: Exclusive: USS Nimitz carrier group rerouted for possible help with Syria
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2013, 12:25:32 AM »
LOL. I am one minute and a few seconds behind the ever perspicacious Rapunzel. Which also explains why I got no hit when I did a title search.

Go ahead and combine them, Rapunzel, or delete mine, whichever you prefer.
We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid ~~ Samuel Adams


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