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US sends 12,000 troops to Libya -- just in time for the counter-revolution?

Although the deployment is said to be aimed at generating stability and security in the region, the troops are expected to take control of the country's key oil fields and strategic ports.


Submitted by jawbone on

However, she writes that the US is "in the process" of sending that many troops; so...developing? Apparently, the soldiers were in Malta as of her writing. (But, could they be the troops going to Kuwait?? Some reports say they have landed in Libya, so...who knows as of now for sure?)

The original link in the QH above was posted by Comenter juan moment at the Moon of AL link, and another commenter said it was doubtful this would appear in the "Corporate Media." Until it can't be avoided.

Also found this report from Jan. 13th, on US stationing 15,000 troops in Kuwait...just in case of war on Iran....

The United States is not at war with Iran yet, but just in case, the Pentagon says they want to be prepared. To do so, the Department of Defense has dispatched 15,000 troops to the neighboring nation of Kuwait.

Gen. James Mattis, the Marine Corps head that rules over the US Central Command, won approval late last year from the White House to deploy the massive surge to the tiny West Asian country Kuwait, which is separated from Iran by only a narrow span of the Persian Gulf.

The latest deployment, which was ushered in without much presentation to the public, adds a huge number of troops aligned with America’s arsenal that are now surrounding Iran on literally every front. In late 2011, the US equipped neighboring United Arab Emirates with advanced weaponry created to disrupt underground nuclear operations. In adjacent Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, American military presence has long been all but enormous.

This fits well into the obvious US attempt to surround Iran. I'm not sure what the breakdown in Iraq will do to this plan, but perhaps the Kuwait build up is to make up for our loss of a launching pad in Iraq.

Another commenter at Moon linked to a Debka report that India has agreed to pay for oil from Iran in gold to circumvent the US banking sanctions. The report says China will pay in gold as well. Which might make for interesting effects on the value of the US dollar.

The Debka info could be part of Israeli or Israeli/US attempts to rattle Iran. And Iran could be threatening the Straits of Hormuz as a means of pushing up oil prices so that while shipping less, at least for awhile, its revenue flow will be close to what they currently bring in. Or...?

I do know that oil is pretty high here in the US, with heating oil around $3.50 a gallon (around $3.70 in Maine, per googled info, up 11 cents a gallon in the past fortnight), give or take. Increasing oil prices have to have a deleterious effect of the economies of Europe and the US, while, perhaps, China may have struck a deal which gives them a break if the US doesn't permit Iran to sell its oil on the world markets.

Just looking like a big messy mess in the Arab Spring areas and the rest of the Middle East. Along with the question of what will Netanyahu do?

Submitted by lambert on

... which doens't translate directly to Libya. But who knows?

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I remember the second Iraq war, when everybody knew the decision for war had been taken, but it took months to get the mateirel in place. If anything, a mere 15K troops looks like a sign of imperial overstretch to me. Any other indicators? Ship movments? Cargo plane after cargo plane landing at some "friendly" Middle Eastern airport?

Submitted by Alcuin on

I checked, the website of Thierry Meyssan, and the website of the newspaper Asharq Alawsat and didn't find any mention of American troops in Brega. I'm not saying that they aren't there, but I'm a bit skeptical ...