Saturday, June 26, 2010
9:30 P.M. Saturday June 26th 2010 Obama’s Palace Guards
While the President spent his second working night in Canada with G-8 and G20 meetings, a half a world away Captain Shelanski of the nuclear aircraft carrier U.S.S. Harry Truman could see to his port side the island of Mayyun just off the southwestern coast of Yemen. This narrow passage is the entrance to the Arabian Sea and the last spot where land forces could attack his 19 ship flotilla. Unfortunately, passage through the Red Sea was delayed because of Pentagon hesitations due to the command issue of McChrystal and Petraeus in Afghanistan. He knew his mission and now Petraeus’s in Afghanistan were all interconnected and understood the reason for the delay. Knowing the command shift was not only a personnel shift but also a policy change. Petraeus will now get everything he wants to win the war and that meant more troops and easing of the strangling rules of engagement. He knew this was looked on in the States as a political victory of strength for the President but everyone in the Pentagon knew it was a policy shift, with a new 5 year plan for Afghanistan with no pull out in 2011.
The Captain sipped on his coffee as the island slipped to his stern. He felt good this clear sunny day, knowing everything was on track for his positioning off the southern coast of Iran just south of the point at Band Jask. Strategically this was a safe position to guard the Straits of Hormuz without interference from the ragtag Iranian Navy. Any closer could be dangerous for the fleet when the action started. He was following the developments out of Iran and the cancellation of the Iranian relief ship to the Gaza Strip. The Pentagon interpreted this move by Iran as a signal they knew something was up. Last week’s headlines in every Arabic newspaper had his passage through the Suez in bold letters so it was known by all, he was coming. Experts had determined that the firepower on the Truman could bring Iran to its knees. If you included the two nuclear subs, we’re talking a one way ticket for every Iranian to Jannah. The Jewish-American Captain made sure his coordinates were on track as the flotilla progressed to the soon to be war zone.
The President’s nose started dripping again as slight whiffs of tear gas could be detected by the members. The demonstrators downtown were at it again, with riot police actually trampling them with their horses. It was so reminiscent of Czar Nicholas’s Palace Guards slaughtering the demonstrators in the streets of Moscow prior to the Bolshevik Revolution. Of course the members knew nothing of what was going on outside the gates that kept them safe from the hoards. After all as time goes by, things just never do change, do they, as the 512th day of the Obama Presidency trampled on.
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