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Showdown In The Red Sea: US Sends 11 Warships to Confront Iran

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June 21, 2010: Washington’s Blog Editors / Washington’s Blog via Global Research – June 21, 2010

Israel National News is reporting: Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza.

What should we make of the fact that 11 U.S. warships and an Israeli warship are sailing up the Suez Canal on their way to the Red Sea? This is – on the surface – a faceoff over Iran’s support for relief ships trying to sail into Gaza. Specifically, Iran has said it will have Iranian military ships escort the flotilla providing humanitarian goods to Gaza to make sure it arrives safely. On the other hand, the U.S. has backed Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Tensions are obviously high between the U.S. and Israel on the one hand, and with Iran on the other.

The U.S. and Israel have talked for years of bombing Iran’s nuclear sites. As the Telegraph wrote last July: Israeli warships have deployed to the Red Sea for what has been described as a rehearsal for a possible attack on Iran. Israeli and Egyptian officials said two ships had sailed through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea.

Media reports in Israel said the two Saar-class missile ships had been sent as a “message” to the Tehran government…. An armada of U.S. warships in the Red Sea is similarly meant to convey a credible threat to attack Iran. Indeed, because the Red Sea connects with the Arabian Sea (and see this), a large navy presence in the Red Sea will escalate tensions dramatically.

This could quickly lead to a real confrontation. This is especially true because warships from hostile nations could be in very close quarters, and one mistake (such as accidentally bumping into a foreign ship) could unintentionally lead to war. But we can’t look at this faceoff in a vacuum…

Intelligence Failures

Remember that there have been numerous intelligence failures in the past which have led to war. For example, the U.S. Navy’s own historians now say that the sinking of the USS Maine — the justification for America’s entry into the Spanish-American War — was probably caused by an internal explosion of coal, rather than an attack by the Spanish.

It is also now well-accepted that the Gulf of Tonkin “incident” which led to the Vietnam War was fiction confirmed here.

And two lies were used to justify the 1991 Gulf War: the statement that Iraqis murdered Kuwaiti babies and the statement that a quarter of a million Iraqi troops were massed on the border with Saudi Arabia (see also this article). Technically, the statement about Kuwaiti babies did not come from the U.S. government, but from a public relations firm hired by the government.

Who Dunnit?

While – as documented above – inaccurate reports have helped rally support for war, other methods for drumming up support have been used as well. As I wrote in February: Forget the claims and allegations that false flag terror – governments attacking people and then blaming others in order to create animosity towards those blamed – has been used throughout history.

This essay will solely discuss government admissions to the use of false flag terror. For example: The CIA admits that it hired Iranians in the 1950’s to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically-elected president.

Israel admits that an Israeli terrorist cell operating in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including U.S. diplomatic facilities, then left behind “evidence” implicating the Arabs as the culprits (one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to identify the bombers and several of the Israelis later confessed, and see this and this).

The well-respected former Indonesian president admits that the government probably had a role in the Bali bombings.

The former Italian Prime Minister, an Italian judge, and the former head of Italian counterintelligence admit that NATO, with the help of the Pentagon and CIA, carried out terror bombings in Italy and blamed the communists, in order to rally people’s support for their governments in Europe in their fight against communism. As one participant in this formerly-secret program stated: “You had to attack civilians, people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security” (and see this) (Italy joined NATO in1949, years before the bombings occurred).

As admitted by the U.S. government, recently declassified documents show that in the 1960’s, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to blow up American airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also to commit terrorist acts on American soil, and then blame it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. See the following ABC news reportthe official documents; and watch this interview with the former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings [while the Joint Chiefs of Staff pushed for Operation Northwoods to be carried out, cooler heads prevailed; President Kennedy or his Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara apparently vetoed the plan].

There are many other instances of false flag attacks used throughout history that are proven by the historical evidence. See thisthis and this. The above are only some examples of governments admitting to using false flag terror.


Many high-level people have warned of the use of a false flag attack to justify war with Iran. For example: Jimmy Carter’s former National Security Adviser and Obama’s initial foreign policy adviser- Zbigniew Brzezinski – told the Senate that a terrorist act might be carried out in the U.S. and falsely blamed on Iran to justify war against that nation.

Congressman Ron Paul told Congress: “I am concerned, however, that a contrived Gulf of Tonkin- type incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran.”

And a member of the British Parliament (George Galloway) stated: “there is a very real danger” that the American government will stage a false flag terror attack in order to justify war against Iran.

Thus, if any elements within the U.S. or Israeli government wish to find an excuse to attack Iran, they could either manufacture false intelligence or carry out a false flag attack. A war with Iran would benefit no one other than the giant defense contractors and would plunge the world into a very deep depression (notwithstanding George W. Bush’s sentiment to the contrary). Indeed, if China and Russia side with Iran, the U.S. might end up losing against Iran. May cool heads prevail!

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: A military confrontation with the Iranian Aid Flotilla could very well be used by the US and Israel to stage a false flag event in order to kick off WWIII. With that said, this just in – ‘Iranian Aid Flotilla Postponed’ – However, another Iranian ship carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza is indeed already enroute to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza– SJH

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SSGN Force Reaches ‘Historic Milestone’ With Recent Deployments

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June 21, 2010: Gretchen M. Albrecht, Submarine Group 9 / – June 11, 2010

USS Florida (SSGN 728)

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) — The Submarine Force announced it has achieved another first with all four guided-missile submarines (SSGN) deployed for the first time simultaneously June 10.

Although the West Coast SSGNs, USS Ohio (SSGN 726) and USS Michigan (SSGN 727), and East Coast SSGNs, USS Florida (SSGN 728) and USS Georgia (SSGN 729), have previously been underway at the same time, this milestone marks the first time all four SSGNs have been forward deployed away from their homeports.

“I think it is remarkable they are all deployed at once because back in the mid 90’s this was just a power point presentation,” said Rear Adm. Frank Caldwell, Commander, Submarine Group 9.

“We have transitioned from an idea on paper to an actual capability to the nation. Their capabilities are revolutionary in what a typical submarine can do because they can carry multiple Tomahawk missiles, special operating forces, improved sonar processers, and a battle management center. It is truly one of the most capable platforms in the Navy today.”

Through stealth, speed, agility, payload and persistence, the SSGNs remain a lethal deterrent force capable of precision strike, special operations, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. It is with these capabilities, the SSGNs have accomplished numerous exercises and missions with Naval Special Warfare, experimented with unmanned aerial vehicles, and completed several theater security cooperation engagements with foreign countries enhancing international relationships and partnerships. As the SSGNs operate in the world’s oceans their forward presence continue to provide maritime security and power projection.

“Four SSGNs capable of carrying and launching a combined total of 616 Tomahawk cruise missiles and deploying up to 264 Special Operation Forces, are forward-deployed in position to identify and respond to diverse threats on short notice and with scalable force,” said Capt. Tracy Howard, commander, Submarine Squadron 16 in Kings Bay, Ga. “Additionally, with each SSGN possessing the firepower of multiple surface ships, deployed SSGNs provide the Navy and theater commanders with tremendous flexibility with respect to the deployment and redeployment of other assets.”

The submarines deploy for approximately 12 months, with some deployments lasting up to 15 months. While deployed from its homeport, U.S. Navy bases in Diego Garcia and Guam provide ideal locations for crew exchanges and Voyage Repair Periods. Maintenance periods and crew exchanges occur approximately every three months and allow the SSGNs to maintain a continuous presence in the areas of operation for 70 percent of the year.

“The transformational capabilities (of the SSGN) are impressive and provide the combatant commander a significant increase in war fighting ability, and options for resolving and deterring conflict,” said Capt. John Tammen, commander, Submarine Squadron 19 in Bangor, Wash.

Ohio, the first of the SSGNs to be converted, was the first to deploy Oct. 14, 2007 and Georgia, the last SSGN conversion, began its maiden deployment Aug. 6, 2009. A key element of the Navy’s future fighting force, the four SSGNs have completed seven successful deployments and a combined 1,995 days underway.

New capabilities are constantly being added to the SSGN and the mission continues to expand. The SSGN will continue to be a powerful submarine asset needed to execute and accomplish the maritime strategy and Navy’s goals.

“The submarine force has always been on the forward edge and has always been innovative in the way we use our platform, and this has taken innovation to a whole new level,” said Caldwell.

“The ship by itself is nothing but a big piece of metal and electronics, but it is the people who bring the submarine to life. It is the people who make this platform so capable by taking the submarine and fully employing it in challenging situations, and they deliver fabulous results.”

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: With the recent Naval armada of 11 US warships led by the USS Truman – which included an Israeli warship passing through the Suez Canal enroute to Iran over the weekend – along with three Israeli Dolphin class submarines already prepositioned in the Persian Gulf off the Iranian coast, this recent ‘historic milestone’ is quite ominous indeed. Where are these SSGN’s all going at once? The world is witnessing WWIII unfolding before their eyes– SJH 

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