STEP ONE INTO SYRIA
OPERATION EAGER LION, 2013
4,500 U.S. TROOPS, PATRIOT MISSILES AND JET FIGHTERS.
The U.S. military will be providing Syrian 'rebels' with strategic and
tactical combat training, most likely in Jordan, where some combat
elements are already positioned for a previously scheduled 'exercise'.
At least one Patriot missile defense system and as many as eight F-16 fighter jets
will likely remain in Jordan following the exercise.
Elements of a
Marine Corps expeditionary force off the helicopter carrier USS
Kearsarge are expected to arrive in Jordan soon.
Military forces from Jordan and the U.S. are drilling together in the Jordanian desert with 17 other nations in Exercise Eager Lion 2013 -- the third such military drill to take place in Jordan.
["DRILLING"...CATCHY PHRASE, ISN'T IT, "DRILLING"? AND JORDAN? REALLY? NOT ISRAEL BUT JORDAN? HMMM...WHEN DID WE DECIDE TO LOVE JORDAN AGAIN?]
The 12-day war games, slated to end Thursday, was explained by a
statement on the website of the U.S. Armed Forces Central Command as an
opportunity to "promote cooperation and interoperability among
participants," but appears clearly intended to send a warning to
Jordan’s northern neighbor, Syria.
At least one or two Patriot anti-missile batteries was recently
deployed by the U.S. along the Jordanian-Syrian border to defend the
kingdom against spillover from the country’s savage civil war. A similar
set of four such batteries were deployed by NATO along Turkey’s border
with Syria in January for similar reasons.
TROOPS MAY LEAVE, BUT THOSE JETS AND PATRIOT MISSILES WILL STAY BEHIND.
[DEPLOY 'EM IF YOU'VE GOT 'EM, PENTAGON! HECK YEAH! DRONES, DRONES, WHERE ARE THE DRONES?]
Involving forces on land, sea and in the air, the exercises
bring together 8,000 troops from a total of 19 European and Arab
nations. All are engaged in learning counterinsurgency techniques,
fighting terrorism, non-standard warfare methods and border security.>>
ONLY 8000? THAT'S A LITTLE ON THE SMALL SIDE, ISN'T IT?
OH, I BET THEY AREN'T COUNTING A FEW THOUSAND, SURELY.
ANOTHER, EARLIER REPORT CITES 19 NATIONS, WITH A LITTLE SLAP AT THOSE "SYRIAN REBELS"
10 June 2013
<<Jordan announced Saturday the start of “Eager Lion” military exercises
with the participation of 8,000 soldiers from 19 Arab and Western
countries, said Major General Awni el-Edwan, the Jordan Armed Forces'
operations chief of staff.
Dismissing speculation that the Syrian rebel army might take part in
the drill, Edwan said “only nations” were invited to participate.
of the military drill involves air exercises on how to control and
reduce effects of chemical weapons on military units and civilians.
In the presence of Major General Robert G. Catalanotti of the US Army
Central Command, Edwan said that F-16 fighters and Patriot missiles will
be used in the drill but he did not disclose how many of these fighters
and missiles were brought to the kingdom.>>
HE DISCLOSED MAYBE A BIT TOO MUCH, HMMM?
<<Meanwhile Catalanotti said there will be 4,500 US troops that will participate in the military exercises.>>
4500, EH? WONDER WHERE THEY MIGHT HAVE COME FROM?
THE PLOT THICKENS! (WELL, THIS IS A 'REPORT' FROM FOX, SO MAYBE NOT? AND, BTW, IF ANYONE KNOWS A WORSE "NEWS AGENCY" THAN FOX, DO SEND ME A LINK. I'D LIKE TO SEE THAT.)
June 15, 2013
As the United States prepares to supply Syrian rebels with small arms
through a CIA-run program, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said
Saturday that U.S. troops temporarily in neighboring Jordan will leave
behind fighter jets and a cache of Patriot missiles.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and other Capitol Hill military
hawks have called for much heavier arms including the Patriot defense
missiles and for the United States to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria.
However, the Pentagon made clear Saturday the detachment of missiles
and F-16s was brought to Jordan as part an annual, multi-nation military
exercise called Eager Lion and will remain there only at the request of
the country leaders, when the exercise ends next week.
LIKE THE LEADERS WILL DECIDE THEY DON'T WANT THEM...
The White House announced the decision to aid the Syrian opposition Thursday.
The White House has still not decided whether to send anti-tank weapons, while the CIA prepares to arm and train the rebels, as confirmed Saturday by Fox News.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday explained the president’s decision to go beyond supplying humanitarian aid.>>
[IF KERRY COULD EXPLAIN WATER TO A DUCK, WOULDN'T THAT PROVE THERE IS A GOD? WAIT...BACHMAN IS QUITTING, THAT PROVES IT RIGHT THERE!]
HERE'S THE LINK TO FOX, IF YOU CAN TAKE IT, GO READ THE REST, AND BE SURE AND REGISTER AS A MASOCHIST AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE...I JUST CAN'T GO ON...WEAK STOMACH AND ALL THAT.
BUT, ONE NOTE WARRANTS PUTTING IN HERE, PROBABLY THE PART THAT THE AP WROTE...
RUSSIA SAID THE U.S. SHOULD PROVE THERE WERE CHEMICAL WEAPONS USED. NOW, RUSSIA KNOWS WASHINGTON CAN'T DO THAT BECAUSE THOSE WOULD HAVE "MADE IN THE USA" ALL OVER THEM!
THEY'RE ALSO OPPOSED TO McCAIN'S BIG IDEA OF JUST RUSHING IN HEADLONG LIKE WE DID IN IRAQ. 'SUBTLE' REMINDER OF THE BUSH/CHENEY/RICE/RUMSFELD FIASCO?
SMART MOVE, RUSSIA! BRAVO!
WELL, AT ANY RATE, IT'LL BE BOOTS ON THE GROUND FOR AMERICAN TROOPS IN SYRIA SOONER THAN SOON, OR, ACTUALLY, WITH "MARINE ADVISERS" ALREADY THERE...WHAT WAS THE NUMBER, "JUST 300"?, AMERICA IS ALREADY IN SYRIA.
IS THERE ANY NATION ON EARTH AMERICA IS NOT IN?
SEND ME PROOF!