One can presume that the countdown to war with Iran, put on hold while the British sailors and marines were being held captive by the Iranians, can resume now that said sailors and marines are safely winging their way home back to the UK. The USS ‘Nimitz’ battle group got underway for the Gulf on Monday (2 April) to replace the USS ‘Eisenhower’ group already stationed in the Gulf with the USS ‘John C Stennis’ battle group.
The worry here is that the Navy have gone to great pains to explain that there will be no overlap in the change-over. This is a lie. The USS ‘Eisenhower’ and her group will not leave station until the USS ‘Nimitz’ and her group actually arrive on station. There has to be an overlap. It would be extremely fortuitous if there were some defining event that adversely affected the US presence there or elsewhere in the Middle East which could be effectively blamed on the Iranians just at that moment of time when there is an overlap or at least a window of opportunity where either the ‘Nimitz’ group could rush to the Gulf or the ‘Eisenhower’ group could easily rush back to the Gulf after having begun to return home.
And, of course, by then the Israelis would have completed all their exercises ensuring that they’ll be ready for the next time Hamas and/or Hizbollah ‘kidnap’ any more of their soldiers or to stop Hamas and Hizbollah from preparing to defend themselves from Israeli attack. (How’s that for Chutzpah?!)
It’s all a matter of timing.