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Hagel orders U.S. aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:03 p.m. HST, Jun 14, 2014

WASHINGTON >> Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier -- the USS George H.W. Bush -- to move from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf as President Barack Obama considers possible military options for Iraq.

Hagel's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the order will give the president added flexibility if military action is required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq.

Accompanying the carrier will be the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun. The ships are expected to complete their move into the Gulf later Saturday.

The ships carry Tomahawk missiles, which could reach Iraq. The Bush is carrying fighter jets that could also easily get to Iraq, where a fast-moving Islamic insurgency is gaining territory.

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Numilalocal wrote:
And here we go again. We left the country in tatters and when that happens the most base of human greed takes over in the form of religious sectarianism and warlord-based 'society.'
on June 14,2014 | 09:34AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The George Bush "Shock and Awe" goes on.
on June 14,2014 | 06:08PM
MC96816 wrote:
on June 14,2014 | 10:00AM
RandolphW wrote:
History repeats itself. Another situation that will be victorious for no one over the long haul. Another bottomless black hole money pit.
on June 14,2014 | 10:10AM
bleedgreen wrote:
The U. S. needs to stay out of Iraq that is undergoing a revolution that is being initiated by the Sunnis against the leading Shi'ite majority. This civil war between two warring tribes, needs to play out without U.S intervention; same as what's happening in the Ukraine.
on June 14,2014 | 10:18AM
false wrote:
It 's still a civil war between the Sunnis and Shiites with the Kurds looking on. Maliki's big mistake was to fill his government leaders with his Shiite loyalists and ignoring the Sunnis. We have no business in trying to force a democratic state in Iraq. It's their country and let them decide, for better or worse.
on June 14,2014 | 10:46AM
droid wrote:
You’re a little confused. The Shi‘ites are the MINORITY. The revolting Sunnis are actually the MAJORITY, and by a large margin. (the only reason the Shi‘ites were in power in the first place is because the CIA armed and supported Saddam Hussein [a Shi‘ite] until he attacked Kuwait).

This is why President Obama is ordering U.S. intervention. If we let things “play out,” it will almost certainly result in genocide. The Shi‘ites will have been wiped off the face of the planet — much the way Jews were nearly eliminated by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
on June 14,2014 | 10:51PM
Smiling wrote:
Dick Cheney's and George Bush's war......what fools they/we all were !!!
on June 14,2014 | 10:38AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Over 4,500 U.S. troops, .. dead ... for nothing. .. OR ... They died for Halliburton.
on June 14,2014 | 10:59AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
So The Bush is going back to Iraq?
on June 14,2014 | 12:19PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So daddy's going over to clean up juniors mess?
on June 14,2014 | 12:53PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
It's pretty clear Barry isn't very effective.
on June 14,2014 | 01:40PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Clear as mud sand.
on June 14,2014 | 05:35PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Wow Barry the war monger... Who would have thought he had it in him?
on June 14,2014 | 01:22PM
prest1948 wrote:
We are not the world police. Let the UN do what they need to do. Isn't that the purpose of the UN? We can't afford to get deeper in debt trying to solve everyone's problems. We lost in Iraq, just keep clear of another senseless involvement.
on June 14,2014 | 01:51PM
HD36 wrote:
Agree, the same policy would dictate that we go back into Vietnam and turn it into a democracy.
on June 14,2014 | 05:49PM
saveparadise wrote:
Does Obama know that he may be the Antichrist?
on June 14,2014 | 03:23PM
hanalei395 wrote:
The Antichrist has come, and gone. .... Ronald Wilson Reagan .. Six letters in each name ... 666
on June 14,2014 | 03:35PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Yes Hana, the anti-christ died from alsheimer's
on June 14,2014 | 09:10PM
Skyler wrote:
on June 14,2014 | 09:56PM
false wrote:
We should be neutral in this civil war in Iraq. It boils down to religion again and nobody will win permanently. This time, the Sunnis vs the Shiites, with the Kurds standing by. All muslims with a different outlook on Mohammed's legacy. We have our own problems with Christianity and haven't we learned it will never there is no end?
on June 14,2014 | 04:57PM
HD36 wrote:
Who would have guessed that the Al Qaeda freedom fighters we gave weapons and support to topple the Syrian government would turn and try to topple the Iraq government? Just goes to show how unpredictable Al Qaeda can be, with over 1000 different Jihadist factions.
on June 14,2014 | 05:47PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Billions of $$$$ and high-tech weapons given to Ronald Reagan's "freedom fighters", Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan. bin Laden pays the U.S. back with 9/11.
on June 14,2014 | 06:01PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
let the muslims kill each other, I see no reason to help one side over the other. Both hate the US equally.
on June 14,2014 | 09:05PM
Skyler wrote:
Agree- it's silly to get involved in their religious civil war. They had the chance to make a good run at a Democracy & squandered it. Too bad, so sad.
on June 14,2014 | 09:57PM
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