Friday, January 3, 2020

Increased Plane Traffic At U.S. Italian And Spanish Bases Points To The U.S. Getting Ready For Military Confrontation

"Dozens of American cargo planes have reached the U.S. bases in Rota and Morón, Spain and the one in Aviano, Italy. It is the largest military deployment at these bases since the 2003 Iraq War.
The almost 30,000 inhabitants of the small town of Rota, in southern Spain, have been surprised by the intense increase in American military air traffic over the last few days. The United States operates a naval base, which services several different types of American naval vessels, out of Rota, and it maintains an airbase one hundred kilometers away in Morón de la Frontera which caters to to the C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft. The US destroyers deployed from Rota are part of the NATO missile shield used to defend itself in the event of an attack by Iran, something that seems closer than ever after the latest events in the region. Aviano’s military base in Italy has also registered a dramatic increase in air traffic.
The increase in traffic in Rota and Morón were detected at the same time that the Pentagon confirmed the death of Qasem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of Iran, in a concerted U.S. strike. Almost immediately, Iran vowed revenge. The U.S. Department of Defense accused Soleimani of “developing plans to attack U.S. diplomats and service members throughout the region.”

A V-22 Osprey and marines perform a demonstration during the visit of US Secretary of Defense and Spanish Defence Minister to the US marines base in Moron de la Frontera October 6, 2015.

Spanish sources at the bases of Rota and Morón have reported the arrival of military cargo planes and refueling planes at the base. Specifically, the sources reported the arrival on Friday, January 3 of at least three C-5M and one C-17A transport aircraft in addition to a KC-10A tanker aircraft.
In military terms, the deployment of U.S. resources that is taking place in Spain is extraordinary and would seem to signal the beginning of intensified military operations in the Middle East. The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is one of the largest aircraft ever built, and it can carry up to 135 tons of cargo from Dover base in Delaware to Incirlik in Turkey without refueling. In addition, the C-5M can carry up to 36 standard pallets and 81 soldiers at the same time, two M1 Abrams battle tanks, up to six AH-64 Apache attack helicopters or up to 15 HMMWV military vehicles. Additionally, the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, stationed at Aviano, was ordered to be ready for deployment to protect the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, according to ABC News.
Other U.S. military bases such as Aviano are also reporting the arrival of dozens of planes to deal with the escalating tension with Iran. What is happening in several U.S. bases in Europe has not been seen since the 2003 war in Iraq. Along with the arrival of transport aircraft, which register on commercial radars, the United States is also deploying assets that leave no signal on commercial radars. In fact, in Rota and Morón, the arrival and transit of combat aircraft used by special forces has also been detected recently.
The U.S. asked to increase its presence in Rota in December
Just a few weeks before the crisis, in mid-December, the United States unofficially communicated its intention to negotiate a 50% increase in its current presence in Rota with Spain. The plan would include the deployment of two destroyers and 600 more sailors at the base. Spain’s new government, formed by a complex alliance of left and extreme left parties with the socialist Pedro Sánchez at the head, could consider the plan this week. However, the new socialist government is likely to oppose the U.S. proposal. Moreover, the future Vice President Pablo Iglesias is in favor of closing the Rota and Morón bases.
If the reports of increased activity and supplies is accurate, it doesn't appear that the US waited for Spains permission and it reads as if the US is looking for a fight! Unnerving, to say the least.

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  1. " doesn't appear that the US waited for Spains permission..."

    The old "fake it till we make it" strategy.

    1. 'fake it till we make it'
      this is a new saying to me...


  3. Hi Penny, I'm copying a comment I left at Scott's. I'm assuming you've probably seen this from Aangirfan's, and the entire comment left by Brabantian is actually pretty interesting so I recommend looking at it, but here's an excerpt from the end;
    "Iranian society is imploding due to Shia 'temporary marriage' which can be for the weekend etc, essentially mosque-sanctioned prostitution with payment by 'wedding gift'

    So Iran has a birthrate as low as the worst of Europe ... Iran has its last big generation of fighting-age men, formidable at the moment but not for long

    If Iran's young men do not either conquer or die, Iran in 25 years will be poor, elderly, and helpless ... the temptation to use this military tool before it disappears, may be very strong"

    ...and here's why it's so interesting
    A cursory search of Iran fertility decline reveals a number of prominent results from various universities and think tanks, Cambridge, Berkley, something called "New Security Beat" etc..
    "New Security Beat is the blog of the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, with contributions from the Maternal Health Initiative, China Environment Forum, Urban Sustainability Laboratory, Polar Institute, and Global Risk and Resilience Program"
    "The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (or Wilson Center), located in Washington, D.C., is a United States Presidential Memorial that was established as part of the Smithsonian Institution by an act of Congress in 1968. It is also a highly recognized think tank, ranked among the top ten in the world"

    I usually take these kinds of bigger picture theories of all-encompassing conspiracy where every single player is having its strings pulled and there are no real significant independent wild cards with a grain of salt, and demographic studies of various strategic objectives are obviously conducted on every society in the world by every country of significance, I just wasn't expecting a who's who of government/MIC think tanks to fill the first page of results when I looked to confirm the claim of a serious population decline set to occur in Iran.

    Make of it what you will. At any rate I stand in awe of your dogged pursuit and steadfast commitment. For those of us lurkers who follow without speaking up or contributing often I offer you heartfelt thanks for all your efforts, I've been with you from the beginning.

    1. Thanks for the nice words WaffleStaffle and I will check through all the information you've left for me.

  4. Hi's a reflection of a recent comment I just read and would like your take.

    ["I trust zero on the dwarf british king Abdullah II, this moron was instrumental in killing thousands of Syrians, as the freak Erdogan, both should hang like Mussolini did. This freak let the apartheid regime to use its airspace to kill Iraqis and Syrias, same for US & UK, it let his country to trains thousands of al Qaeda terrorists and still do near al Tanf region. This freak joins the US, apartheid regime and EU to sanction Syrians, no trade, and still hold hundreds of thousands Syrian refugees that want to return to Syria.

    Should the apartheid regime finish with him, so be it, one less enemy for the resistance to deal with."]

    Apparently concerning Jordan and supposed involvement of the assassination of BG Suliemani (?) and the assassination threats to him by israel.

    1. wallflower,

      Yah, sure, Israel should finish of the Jordanian regime so it's one less enemy for the resistance??? (rolls eyes)

      Does that really make sense? It doesn't to me.
      Since Jordan and Israel are like the hand and the glove
      Israel is the hand and Jordan is the glove
      Notice the contradictory statements in the comment-

      "This freak let the apartheid regime to use its airspace to kill Iraqis and Syrias, same for US & UK, it let his country to trains thousands of al Qaeda terrorists and still do near al Tanf region."

      One would have to wonder why the "apartheid regime" would want to kill him?

      Jordan has been involved since the protests began in Daraa and there is still trouble there present time.

      It reads like a lot of words... that don't say much