More oil war in the Middle East?

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By Peter Symonds:

US doubles aircraft carriers near the Persian Gulf

14 January 2012

The Obama administration has reinforced the threat of American military strikes against Iran by doubling the number of US aircraft carrier groups in the region. The provocative decision heightens the danger of war in the Persian Gulf as the US moves aggressively to impose a de facto embargo on Iranian oil exports.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, backed by a cruiser and a destroyer, arrived in the Arabian Sea this week to join the USS John Stennis. A third aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, is also heading for the area after a port visit in Thailand on Tuesday.

See also here.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Iran to “come to its senses” over its nuclear programme today after Britain joined a US-led flotilla of warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz in a threatening message to Tehran: here.

The United States, Turkey and the Gulf States are actively preparing a military intervention in Syria: here.

Syria crisis: Qatar calls for Arabs to send in troops: here.

4 thoughts on “More oil war in the Middle East?

  1. U.S. Builds Up Combat Forces, Warships In Persian Gulf

    Stars and Stripes/McClatchy-Tribune

    January 13, 2012

    US moves to strengthen forces in Persian Gulf region
    David. S. Cloud

    WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has quietly shifted combat troops and warships to the Middle East after the top American commander in the region warned that he needed additional forces to deal with Iran and other potential threats, U.S. officials said.

    Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who heads U.S. Central Command, won White House approval for the deployments late last year after talks with the government in Baghdad broke down over keeping U.S. troops in Iraq, but the extent of the Pentagon moves is only now becoming clear.

    The Pentagon has stationed nearly 15,000 troops in Kuwait, adding to a small contingent already there. The new units include two Army infantry brigades and a helicopter unit — a substantial increase in combat power after nearly a decade in which Kuwait chiefly served as a staging area for supplies and personnel heading to Iraq.

    The Pentagon also has decided to keep two aircraft carriers and their strike groups in the region.

    Earlier this week, the American carrier Carl Vinson joined the carrier Stennis in the Arabian Sea, giving commanders major naval and air assets…

    “There’s enough going on in that part of the world that you can see the merit in having a robust presence,” said a senior Pentagon official, speaking about military movements on condition of anonymity.

    [T]he Pentagon wants Iran’s rulers to understand that the U.S. still has adequate forces available in case of a crisis.

    They include the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Brigade, which shifted to Kuwait from Iraq when the last U.S. forces left last month. The brigade, which has more than 4,500 soldiers and is equipped with tanks and artillery, has been designated a “mobile response force” for the region, according to Col. Scott L. Efflandt, the brigade commander.

    A National Guard brigade from Minnesota has been in Kuwait since August, and a combat aviation brigade arrived in December. Another major unit is heading to Kuwait shortly, though officials would not provide details.

    Also Thursday, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on three companies that sell gasoline to Iran. Although Tehran is the world’s third-largest exporter of oil, it has limited refining capacity and must import most of its gasoline.

    The State Department said it would bar U.S. export licenses and most U.S. financing for the Zhuhai Zhenrong Corp., which is based in China and is the largest seller of gasoline to Iran. Also sanctioned was Kuo Oil Pte Ltd., an energy trading firm based in Singapore, and FAL Oil Co., an independent energy trader based in the United Arab Emirates.

    Staff writer Paul Richter in Washington contributed to this report.


    U.S. Amphibious Warfare Ships Head To Persian Gulf
    January 11, 2012

    U.S. amphibious warfare ships head for Persian Gulf

    The U.S. has deployed a marine expeditionary unit and a group of landing warships, including the Makin Island group and the USS New Orleans and Pearl Harbor amphibious transport dock ships, to the Persian Gulf, a U.S. Navy representative stated Wednesday, January 10.

    The sailors, marines and airmen aboard the ships will be reinforced by a general support battalion and attack helicopters. They are to replace U.S. warships and Navy troops who have been patrolling the area for the last 10 months.

    The situation in the region is tense as Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit route for the world’s oil supply in response to its oil export ban, The Voice of Russia reported.


    China Should Take Fight Over To Iran To U.S.

    Global Times
    January 14, 2012

    China should take fight to US over Iran

    The US slapped sanctions on China’s Zhuhai Zhenrong Company Thursday for engaging in energy deals with Iran. Analysts believe the US was sending a signal to Beijing, after US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner failed to get China’s backing on the Iran issue.

    China should not bend to US pressure. It needs to come up with deliberate countermeasures, and show deterrence to an arrogant US. The unilateral sanctions were levied under its own amended Iran Sanctions Act, rather than any UN Security Council resolution.

    Iran’s oil resources and geopolitical value are crucial to China. Chinese companies have the freedom to engage in legal business with Iran’s energy sector. It is worth taking on some troubles and even paying a certain price to safeguard this principle.

    China should be confident. The US, facing a tough economy and the coming presidential election, cannot afford a trade war with China. It is not set on having a showdown with China just to impose sanctions on Iran. China has adopted anti-sanction measures against the US before, and this time China should demonstrate the same toughness.

    This may lead to anger on Washington’s part. But let’s see how Washington ultimately reacts, given the massive trade volume between the two nations and China’s status as the largest holder of US treasury bonds.

    This should not be interpreted as an act of defiance from Beijing, especially at a time when the US is boosting its military presence in Australia and planning to deploy one-third of its battleships in the West Pacific in the next decade. It would be very strange if, in such circumstances, China stands in line with the US on its sanctions against Iran.

    Many worry that given the currently sensitive situation, any careless move by China would result in US antagonism. Such worries should not dominate our thinking about Sino-US relations. China should take the necessary steps to protect its own interests. Repeated concessions will only make its ties with the US more risky.

    Beijing is just sticking to its long-held attitude on the Iran issue. It is the US that is actively prodding China to make a change. Beijing is making it very clear that the US desire to see China acting in absolute unison with itself is impossible.

    China can use its diplomatic experience in dealing with the North Korea issue and act as a mediator between Iran and the West. If the US does have misgivings about launching a war against Iran, there will be even greater space for China to mediate.

    Hopefully in 2012, China will present more diplomatic wisdom and play its proper part in the Iran issue.


    Iraqi Prime Minister: Turkey Threatens Region With Disaster, Civil War

    Trend News Agency
    January 14, 2012

    Iraq’s Maliki slams Turkey, claims it can bring civil war to region

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has harshly criticized Turkey for what he said was its “surprising interference” in his country’s internal affairs, claiming that Turkey’s role could bring disaster and civil war to the region – something Turkey will itself suffer.

    “We…did not expect the way they (Turkey) interfered in Iraq,” Maliki said in an interview with the Al-Hurra TV station on Friday, the AFP news agency reported on Friday.

    He said “we recently noticed their surprise interventions with statements, as if Iraq is controlled or run by them,” adding that Turkey’s latest statements interfered in domestic Iraqi affairs.

    “And we do not allow that absolutely,” Maliki underlined.

    Maliki’s remarks came two days after he was warned by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that his actions are taking Iraq back from democracy and urged him to take steps that would reduce tensions in the war-torn country following a series of bombings in the capital of Baghdad after Maliki issued an arrest warrant for his Sunni Vice President Tariq Hashemi last month.

    Many attacks in recent days in Iraq have targeted the country’s Shiite majority, increasing fears of a serious outbreak of sectarian violence following the withdrawal of US troops last month.

    “If it is acceptable to talk about our judicial authority, then we can talk about theirs, and if they talk about our disputes, we can talk about theirs,” Maliki said in the interview, claiming that Turkey is playing a role that might bring disaster and civil war to the region, and that Turkey itself will suffer because it has different sects and ethnicities.

    During his phone conversation with US President Barack Obama on Friday, Erdogan also talked about the latest situation in Iraq, where two leaders agreed that a broad-based and inclusive government is necessary for stability in the country.


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