Austere Challenge 2012…

8:15 pm in Uncategorized by CTuttle

Some more on Austere Challenge 12, from RT…

Thousands of US troops deploying to Israel

Without much media attention, thousands of American troops are being deployed to Israel, and Iranian officials believe that this is the latest and most blatant warning that the US will soon be attacking Tehran…

…Under the Austere Challenge 12 drill scheduled for an undisclosed time during the next few weeks, the Israeli military will together with America host the largest-ever joint missile drill by the two countries. Following the installation of American troops near Iran’s neighboring Strait of Hormuz and the reinforcing of nearby nations with US weapons, Tehran authorities are considering this not a test but the start of something much bigger.

In the testing, America’s Theater High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile system will be operating alongside its ship-based Aegis system and Israel’s own program to work with Arrow, Patriot and Iron Drone missiles…

The Jerusalem Post quotes US Commander Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc as saying the drill is not just an “exercise” but also a “deployment” that will involve “several thousand American soldiers” heading to Israel. Additionally, new command posts will be established by American forces in Israel and that country’s own IDF army will begin working from a base in Germany…

…With America previously equipping Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with weaponry to wreck any chance of an Iranian nuclear weapon program from close by, the US will now have added forces on the ready in Israel and Germany under what Tehran fears is a guise being merely perpetrated as a test-run. RT reported last week that the US is equipping Saudi Arabia with nearly $30 billion F-15 war planes, a deal that comes shortly after Washington worked out a contract with Dubai to give the UAE advanced “bunker buster” bombs that could decimate underground nuclear operations in neighboring Iran…

Yahoo reported the DoD’s response…

…Although the exercise, codenamed “Austere Challenge 12″ comes at a time of spiralling regional tensions over Iran’s suspected nuclear arms programme, the army said the manoeuvres were planned in advance.

The exercise scenario involves notional, simulated events as well as some field training and is not in response to any real-world event,” the military said in a written response to an AFP query

“The US European Command and the Israel Defence Forces periodically conduct routine exercises in Israel. These exercises, which are part of a long-standing strategic partnership, are planned in advance and part of a routine training cycle designed to improve the interoperability of our defence systems.

It did not say when the exercise would take place.

Routine, my arse…! However, I will give them credit for it being in the ‘bomb, bomb, Iran’ pipeline for quite sometime…! See: May, Cliff…

Btw, where do the Brass Brainiacs in the Pentagon come up with these names anyways…?

Any hoots, here’s some sober viewpoints…

First, Andrew Bacevich hearkens back to the days of yore, when the last General helmed the Ship of State…

The Tyranny of Defense Inc.

…“Every gun that is made,” Eisenhower told his listeners, “every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” Any nation that pours its treasure into the purchase of armaments is spending more than mere money. “It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.” To emphasize the point, Eisenhower offered specifics:

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities … We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people…

Damn Commie…!

Simon Jenkins asked the burning question…

Why is Britain ramping up sanctions against Iran?

Sabre-rattling at Washington’s behest is an idiocy, and likely to do little other than escalate the steps to open conflict…

Finally, Philip Giraldi, in his vivisection of Steve Clemons, completely eviscerates Oily Bomber’s FP in the process…

We Are All Humanitarian Interventionists

…That people who call themselves progressives see America’s overseas role as a wonderful success is quite frightening, particularly as one has to suspect that it is also the type of thinking that drives the White House. Those who support an aggressive policy to give the world stability, prosperity, and liberalism should pause and consider what they are advocating. The assumption that the United States is a force for good and must promote its values worldwide is fallacious. It will inevitably lead to bankruptcy, civil disorder, and a loss of fundamental liberties at home as well as creating resentment and devastation overseas.

It will certainly be an ‘Austere’ challenge in 2012…!

*gah*