Abe Lincoln sailed through the Strait of Hormuz Sunday and absolutely nothing happened:
Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost said the USS Abraham Lincoln entered the Gulf on Sunday without incident to conduct scheduled maritime security operations. Derrick-Frost is a spokeswoman for the Navy’s 5th Fleet, based in the Gulf state of Bahrain.
U.S. warships frequently operate in the Gulf. But when the carrier USS John Stennis departed the Gulf in late December, Iranian officials warned the U.S. not to return. On Saturday, however, Iran indicated that it viewed U.S. naval operations in the Gulf as normal.
The mullahs may be crazy, but they are not obviously stupid.
ABOARD THE USS ENTERPRISE (Reuters) – The United States will not cut America’s fleet of 11 aircraft carriers to help trim the budget deficit, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday, citing tensions with Iran as an example of why the massive ships are so critical to national security…
The Enterprise’s last deployment comes at a moment of heightened tensions with Iran, which has threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil shipping lane. That’s something the United States says it will not allow.
“You’re part of what keeps our force agile and flexible and quickly deployable and capable of taking on any enemy, anywhere in the world,” Panetta said, speaking about 100 nautical miles off the coast of the U.S. state of Georgia.
Nice words of course, if you’re a proponent of sea power. But if the US military is to take at least $400b in cuts across the next decade – and potentially as much as $1 trillion, if Congress can’t get its act together, and we remain “fully committed” to the F-35 series, you kind of have to wonder where those cuts are to occur.