[lit-ideas] Re: October Surprise?

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2006 05:47:22 EDT

Thank you!  (Although in light of your previous post "cheers" seems a  bit 
....well........optimistic <g>).
Julie Krueger

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 Date: 10/5/2006 4:30:53 A.M. Central Standard Time  From: 
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The Nation is a seriously left of  center but quite respectable
magazine. The story is from the on-line edition.  Here is the  URL.




On  10/5/06, JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx <JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx>  wrote:
> Thank you.  That clarifies things a  lot.  And.....oh my God.  Why isn't 
> on CNN or BBC or  something?  Where did you find it?  Is "the Nation" a 
>  magazine or an on-line site?  Are they dependable and not tabloidish?   If
> the US strikes Iran all Hell will break loose.
> Julie  Krueger
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> Subj:[lit-ideas] Re:  October Surprise?
> Date:10/5/2006 3:41:32 A.M. Central Standard  Time
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> Hi,  Julie.
> Here is a description from a story in the Norfolk  Virginian-Pilot.
> --------------------
> NORFOLK -  After a six-year hiatus from patrolling the seas, Tuesday
> marked a  return to routine for the aircraft carrier Eisenhower.
> For the  families who waved goodbye to the 6,500 sailors of the
> Eisenhower strike  group, it meant the opposite: routines upended,
> holiday traditions  altered, relationships tested.
> Accompanied by guided-missile  destroyers Mason and Ramage and
> guided-missile cruiser Anzio, the  Eisenhower began what is expected to
> be a seven-month tour in support of  the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
> The group will relieve the carrier  Enterprise and three other
> Norfolk-based ships due back next  month.
> ----------------------------
> This is the official  story. The lead to the story in The Nation reads
> as  follows.
> ----------------------------
> As reports  circulate of a sharp debate within the White House over
> possible US  military action against Iran and its nuclear enrichment
> facilities, The  Nation has learned that the Bush Administration and
> the Pentagon have  moved up the deployment of a major "strike group" of
> ships, including  the nuclear aircraft carrier Eisenhower as well as a
> cruiser, destroyer,  frigate, submarine escort and supply ship, to head
> for the Persian Gulf,  just off Iran's western coast. This information
> follows a report in the  current issue of Time magazine, both online
> and in print, that a group  of ships capable of mining harbors has
> received orders to be ready to  sail for the Persian Gulf by October 1.
> As Time writes in its  cover story, "What Would War Look Like?,"
> evidence of the forward  deployment of minesweepers and word that the
> chief of naval operations  had asked for a reworking of old plans for
> mining Iranian harbors  "suggest that a much discussed--but until now
> largely  theoretical--prospect has become real: that the U.S. may be
> preparing  for war with Iran."
> According to Lieut. Mike Kafka, a spokesman  at the headquarters of the
> Second Fleet, based in Norfolk, Virginia, the  Eisenhower Strike Group,
> bristling with Tomahawk cruise missiles, has  received orders to depart
> the United States in a little over a week.  Other official sources in
> the public affairs office of the Navy  Department at the Pentagon
> confirm that this powerful armada is  scheduled to arrive off the coast
> of Iran on or around October  21.
> -----------------------------------
>  John
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