Received this email this evening:
Wouldn’t it be WONDERFUL to see the USS Cole off the coast of Beirut providing protection for 25000 fleeing Americans?
I think that’d send a knife-like message to UBL, and those who got so much pr from attacking it.
It’s in the area, and just did a port call in Greece a week or so ago.
I think in the War on Terror it’d be a great reminder of the USS Cole incident and as the world media reported its presence. Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, MSNBC, CBS, NYT….they’d all be compelled to report its significance, the attack done on it, and the effect of not responding to that attack.
It’s the modern form of gunboat diplomacy for asymmetric warfare.
It’d send a damn fine signal that America can be hit, but not sunk.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Send your comments and hopes that the USS Cole be positioned for the world to see off the coast of Beirut….to the President
I don’t think comments to the White House will be necessary, however. The Cole is part of the Iwo Jima strike group, which is currently in the Red Sea completing an exercise with the Jordanians and will be sent to the coast of Lebanon if more muscle is required.
UPDATE: The Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group is going. Thanks to the reader who alerted me that these orders had been given.