The Swift is a non-commissioned transport that was leased by the military for testing and is now chartered to the Military Sealift Command.
USS Nimitz (CVN 68) had been relieved by the Truman but stayed in the Indian Ocean. Just in case.
The article reports that the USS San Antonio (LPD 17) is also headed in the general direction of Syria.
If there’s one favor Russia and China have done for us all lately, it’s been to reduce the United Nations to glaring irrelevance in the Syria conflict. Due to these two, there has been no Security Council resolution proposing to deal with Syria, and it looks like there won’t be. Repeated emergency meetings and draft resolutions have all arrived at a big nothing.
Personally, Murdoc does not agree with the calls to disband the UN or to get the US out of the UN. The UN has a purpose: it’s a sort of club house for ambassadors and such.
We just need to remember that it’s more like the Delta Sky Club at an airport where businessmen get together for free drinks and chat than it is like an office where work gets done.