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Hagel Orders US Aircraft Carrier to Persian Gulf

hagelWASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier — the USS George H.W. Bush — to move from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf as President Barack Obama considers possible military options for Iraq.

Hagel’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the order will give the president added flexibility if military action is required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq.

Accompany the carrier will be the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun. The ships are expected to complete their move into the Gulf later Saturday.

The ships carry Tomahawk missiles, which could reach Iraq. The Bush is carrying fighter jets that could also easily get to Iraq, where a fast-moving Islamic insurgency is gaining territory.

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  • Wally53

    Will the USS George H.W. Bush have a “Mission Accomplished” banner draped on the tower and search planes aboard to look for non-existent WMDs? George Bush’s lies to the American public after 911 so he could invade Iraq opened up a big can of worms. Saddam had nothing to do with 911, did not have any weapons of WMD, and the country was not crawling with Al Qaeda terrorists as they would have been a threat to Saddam’s regime that he would not have allowed. Now the country is crawling with Al Qaeda terrorists, Iraq is engulfed in what amounts to a civil war, the Middle East is at big risk of being destabilized, and oil prices are likely to start going up. With the Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds all hating each others guts it was inevitable that widespread chaos would erupt after we pulled our troops out. We could have kept our troops in Iraq for 100 years after the ill-advised invasion based on the lies of the Bush administration and Iraq would have still fallen into turmoil when we pulled out. Almost 5,000 Americans and untold thousands upon thousands of Iraq’s lost their lives in the invasion and it’s aftermath. The Bush family was well known for being stubborn and holding on to resentments, and George W. Bush wanted to get the man who tried to kill his father no matter what the cost.

  • Wally53

    I forgot to mention that the misguided Iraq invasion and occupation has also cost the U. S. taxpayers $1.7 trillion dollars through FY2013. Besides George W.Bush wanting payback for the attempt on his father’s life, members of the Bush administration had very close ties with the oil industry and there was a big incentive to capitalize off of Iraqi oil. Cheney had close ties with Halliburton (ex-CEO), Rice had close ties with Chevron (ex- board member), it’s not by accident she has an oil supertanker named after her. Other Bush administration members also had ties with the oil industry. The Iraq invasion and occupation also took some of the focus off and diverted some resources from the Afghanistan war. I did support George W. Bush’s invasion of Afghanistan at the time as it was clear the Taliban had aided and abetted Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda (who were the ones responsible for 911) while allowing them shelter in Afghanistan, but I had protested the imminent invasion of Iraq and the actual invasion multiple times in Washington D.C. and the Pioneer Valley. The American and Iraqi people have paid a huge price in lives and money due to the Bush administration’s sinister invasion of Iraq fueled by lies to the American public as to why we should invade Iraq. I apologize about all the ranting I am doing, but I am getting a fed up with all the Obama bashing going on, and people trying to lay the blame on Obama for what is going on now in Iraq. Some people tend to forget that it was the Obama administration that carefully led us back from the brink of economic disaster we were facing when George W. Bush left office, even though the Clinton administration had left the Bush administration with a budget surplus. Granted, the federal budget deficit has grown under the Obama administration, but that was due to the continuing costs associated with the Iraq mess that Obama inherited from Bush, and economic measures taken to prevent an economic disaster in the United States.