PRESIDENT SHOULD THREATEN IRAN MORE, SAYS WATERGATE
Needed in the Persian Gulf? by U.S. Navy
When a veteran Navy intelligence analyst gets his knickers in a loud public twist over the number of U.S. nuclear-strike capable aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, one might first enjoy the spectacle -- but then wonder: why such carryings-on to raise the military threat against Iran?
When the veteran Navy intelligence analyst turns out to be Bob Woodward, who has a national audience from his platform at the Washington Post, serious observors might well wonder what the motive for this misleading war-mongering might be (beyond apparent editorial policy at the Post).
But overt war-mongering quickly became a non-issue for most of what passes for the American journalistic intelligentsia, as twitter-heads of all persuasions were promptly distracted by the shiny objects of alleged and imaginary "threats" from the White House (gasp!). Finding the "threat" hidden in an apology failed to fool the mainstream media majority.
The actual news behind this empty-headed media kabuki about fake "intimidation" of the press was actually reported (and largely ignored) on February 6, when NBC ran with this false headline: "Navy to pull aircraft carrier from Persian Gulf over budget worries." The text quickly revealed that the Navy wasn't pulling an aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf, it was simply NOT sending a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, under a two-carrier policy ordered by Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2010.
The change in policy raises interesting questions about the U.S. role as a possible peacekeeper in the region, but the NBC story ignores that aspect while going on at length about what appears to be a Navy cover story: budget cuts make the deployment too expensive, which is a non-explanation explanation.
Woodward Worries About Maintaining Robust Presence
Not content with Pentagon assurances that the U.S, would "maintain a robust presence" in the Persian Gulf region, the Post's Woodward had a delayed but volcanic reaction to the U.S. reducing its ability to obliterate the region to a mere three or four times over, calling it "madness."
On the MSNBC show "Morning Joe," February 27, Woodward accused President Obama of exhibiting "a kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for having only one aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Since the two-carrier policy dates from 2010, Woodward implies he hasn't seen that kind of madness for almost three years, although he doesn't say that. In the context of discussing the sequester, what he says very calmly is:
"President Obama came out and acknowledged that we are not sending the aircraft carrier Truman to the Persian Gulf because of this budget agreement".
"Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?
"Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'
"Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not going to attack Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters,' ... because of some budget document?