Iran and U.S. in the Suez Canal

Wednesday the U.S. Navy official website reported: “Enterprise Carrier
Strike Group (CSG) transited the Suez Canal and entered the U.S. 5th
Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Feb. 15.” This refers to the passage
of the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS
Enterprise (CVN-65), from the Mediterranean into the Red Sea.  It is
accompanied by the guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and the USNS
Arctic, a combat support ship. Naval strike group commander Rear Admiral
Terry Craft says such passage is routine and “demonstrates the ongoing
stability of this important waterway.” Are we to suppose that if the
U.S. didn’t deploy massive military power in the canal, or if the
Egyptians denied access, the waterway would be “unstable”?

passage is indeed routine. On April 28, 1986 the Enterprise voyaged from
the Indian Ocean through the Red Sea and canal into the Mediterranean
in order to support “Operation Eldorado Canyon.” In that operation, U.S.
aircraft repeatedly entered the airspace over the Gulf of Sidra, which
Libya claimed as its territorial waters, challenging Gadafy’s “Line of
Defense.” (This was before Gadafy decided to kiss up to the U.S. and
other imperialist powers.) They deliberately provoked a confrontation
and killed 56 Libyans including Gadafy’s 18 month old daughter.

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