The US is sending "a clear and unmistakable message" to the Iranian regime, as John Bolton, National Security Advisor, made the announcement Sunday night that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and the bomber task force is in route to the Middle East.
As stated by Bolton, the deployment of the strike group was made in response to "a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings." Other than that, Bolton did not choose to elaborate. What sets this particular case apart is that deployments are not usually announced ahead of time.
Bolton reiterated that any attack on either the interests of the US or those who are our allies will result in being met with unrelenting force. He emphasized that deploying the strike force, the US is not looking to go to war with Iranian people or their regime, but the US is going to be fully prepared to respond to any attack or attacks, that might present themselves should that time come.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, is said to be scheduled to meet with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, Monday in the country of Finland. Pompeo told reporters that the current strike group deployment is actually "something we've been working on for a little while." He also stated that the US would indeed hold Iranians accountable for attacks that they may make against US interests. They will also be held accountable if the actions are committed by a third-party proxy—such as a militia group or Hezbollah—the Iranian government and leadership will be the ones held responsible.
Included in the deployed strike group are the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, the USS Leyte Gulf, a guided missile cruiser, along with destroyers from the Destroyer Squadron 2. The group left the Norfolk Naval Station on April 1st, in what at that time was being termed a “regularly scheduled deployment.” The strike force is reported to be under the command of Rear Admiral John Wade.
The USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS John Stennis aircraft carrier strike group in recent days have combined forces in the Mediterranean Sea, as the USS John Stennis aircraft carrier strike group has been on deployment in the Persian Gulf since late March.
The US Navy has reported that there have been zero cases of “unsafe” interactions having occurred between its deployed warships or aircraft and those of Iranian forces this year, as well as last year.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Is the US really prepared to start an all-out war with the Iranian’s should it come to that?