Gavy boys really don't want to become part of an artificial reef
A large aircraft carrier strike force that the United States sent to the Middle East in May on an accelerated schedule to "deter" Iran has been "steering clear" of the country since arrival, staying as far away as the Arabian Sea for fear of Iranian military strikes in case of a potential conflict.
The dispatch earlier this year of the USS Abraham Lincoln to the Middle East ahead of schedule was meant by the US "to send a clear and unmistakable message" to Iran. And even as Iranian military officials knew the deployment was not extraordinary -- the Fifth Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain -- it ratcheted up tensions significantly at the time.
"Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy."
--Henry A. Kissinger, jewish politician and advisor