The first question is: why does the United States need any aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf? To spare more distraction, let's concede that a credible argument can be made for the projection of American power everywhere we want to stick it.
The next question, then, is: why does the United States need TWO aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, where the last time any country attacked another was when the U.S. attacked Iraq.
Is It Unpatriotic Not to Pick a Fight?
There was serious violence in Bahrain more recently, but that was the government attacking its own people and Bahrain is our ally and we have a Navy base there, so that was none of our business anyway.
So what is this two aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf business all about anyway?
The last time the U.S. deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf was in April 2012, when CBS News very helpfully reported:
"(CBS/AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its nuclear program.
"The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along [with] the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.
"The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden, said Derrick-Frost.