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#1 en route in late September through Europe. Moved after September 11?
Posted by Sherry 2012-10-28 11:38||
#2 Moved after September 11?
U.S. Central Command and the Marine command in the region declined to say which country the squadron deployed to
Three options: Jordan, Turkey, or the Magic Kingdom.
Posted by Pappy 2012-10-28 13:23||
#3 I could say something about 'well they started in mid-August, but with the Lawn Darts long legs..." but something about this particular 'cover story' doesn't make sense. Call it skepticism where the WH is concerned, but Barry may be planning to show his so-far secret red line was crossed and he is now going to bomb somebody; guesstimated timeline: Oct 31- Nov 4. His High Explosive Hail Mary to win the election.
Posted by USN, Ret. 2012-10-28 18:04||
#4 Barry may be planning to show his so-far secret red line was crossed and he is now going to bomb somebody
Possible. Given the take-no-risk attitude on display, I'm thinking it's more a matter of providing protection insurance in case of a 'spillover' from Syria on a neighboring country where it (and its neighbors) suffer from "political and security sensitivities" about having a Marine air squadron on its soil.
However, given the information that the Brits have declined use of their bases in the Med, it's quite possible that some "kinetic action", i.e., a repeat of Libya, is being considered.
Posted by Pappy 2012-10-28 19:05||
#5 May be a precaution to destroy CBW weapons in Syria, or perhaps against a major terrorist attack in the Sinai. There are so many possibilities in the ME now - it's a wonder the place hasn't exploded already.
Posted by Raider 2012-10-28 23:16||