The USS Stennis and other ships sailed through the Strait of Hormuz unannouced today, putting the largest fleet of US Naval strike forces in the Gulf of Oman since 2003. The USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) are side by side in the photo, each is the flagship of a different naval strike group. The 9-ship force includes landing ships carrying 17,000 Sailors and Marines.
First Lady Laura Bush has asked for China to join the US in calling for human rights reform in Burma. The military junta that took power in the 90’s by coup is holding Aung San Suu Kyi and as many as 1,100 other advocates for freedom prisoner.Â Update: The EU has now also called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi as the military junta is set to review status this weekend. Story at Yahoo. Continue reading “Laura Bush Asks China To Join Hands for Human Rights Reforms in Burma”
Newly breaking reports indicate that one of the suspects in the Fort Dix Terrorism case had applied for police positions in two different cities, Oakland and Philadelphia. This could indicate attempts by the jihadis to infiltrate police departments. Continue reading “Fort Dix Six Update”
ABC News reports onÂ newly de-classifiedÂ intelligence that confirms Al Qaeda’s desire for a base of operations in Iraq.
As usual, the news report dwells more on the timing than the import and content of the intelligence. To them this is another Bush “low blow”, but when your primary mission is being jeapordized by a delusional congress then youÂ must pull out all the stops, even if that includes releasing intelligence reports earlier than you would like to.
The report specifically indicates that Osama Bin LadenÂ charged Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi to plan attacks on western countries, including the US, fromÂ Iraq. Zarqawi happily accepted the assignment. It also indicates that the United States would be the priority target. Bush spoke about this in a commencement address at the US Coast GuardÂ Academy today. When trying to find news stories on this I can only locate the original newsire alerts, but no stories. I’ll update if more comes in.
What the analysis misses is that if this were released prior to the Anbar and Iraq salvation councils forming and the Anbar awakening, that tide easily could have shifted the other direction. It’s extremely dangerous to our strategy to constantly have to show our hand or telegraph our timetables because loons in Congress want to posture.
UPDATE: John Stopped by and left a link to the video of President Bush’s speech at the Coast Guard commencement address.