First on CNN: U.S. to send Patriot missile battery, fighter jets to Jordan as part of exercise
A Patriot missile launcher system is pictured at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep on February 5, 2013.
June 3rd, 2013
11:02 AM ET

First on CNN: U.S. to send Patriot missile battery, fighter jets to Jordan as part of exercise

By Barbara Starr

The decision to deploy a Patriot missile battery and F-16 aircraft to Jordan was made late Friday at a meeting with top military and civilian Defense Department officials to bolster U.S. military support for Jordan - a crucial ally in the Middle East - as the violence from the Syrian civil war spreads, according to a senior U.S. official, CNN has learned.

The official declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation and also declined to say who was in the meeting. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been traveling outside the United States, and it could not be learned if he attended via teleconference, although several officials tell CNN he was aware of the discussions and approved the deployment.

The overall goal is to demonstrate U.S. military support for an increasingly fragile Jordan, which is bearing the burden of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and a growing potential threat from extremist elements including an al Qaeda affiliate organization operating inside Syria.

The weapons systems will be sent initially as part of a military exercise called Eager Lion, planned for later this month, with an understanding they may stay in the country. There is clearly a broader message being sent, according to U.S. military officials.

"In order to enhance the defensive posture and capacity of Jordan, some of these assets may remain beyond the exercise at the request of the government of Jordan," Lt .Col. T.G. Taylor, a spokesman at the U.S. Central Command, told CNN.

The Patriot missiles were originally expected to be sent from their base at Ft. Bliss, Texas, but the senior official said they may simply be redeployed from Patriots already in the Middle East. Jordan does not face a Scud missile threat from Syria, but the deployment comes amid growing concern that some Syrian missiles are being shipped to Hezbollah and could be used to attack targets across the region.

In recent days, violence has spread to Lebanon, and Israeli forces have increased security along their northern border. The F-16s and air crews will train with Jordanian combat air forces amid growing pressure from some in Congress for the White House to support a no-fly zone over Syria.

Separately from the exercise, the United States is sending 200 military planners from the headquarters of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss to Jordan to assist in long-term planning with Jordanian forces in case a chemical weapons crisis erupts, or if a wide scale humanitarian relief mission is ordered.

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    November 27, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  4. Screwislam

    screw obama, the jihadist puppet..traitor of america, killer of non-muslims..lying SOB...currupt scoumbag!

    June 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • Quigley

      You have to be kidding here. Obama is butchering Muslims day after day with those ungodly drones and Apache helicopters and you call him a Jihadist? That alone proves the insane hatred Obama harbors toward the Muslims!

      June 6, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply
  5. Phaerisee

    The old axiom among investors is "when the Prez is GOP, invest in Raytheon B."

    June 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  6. michael

    expecting a War are What.

    June 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  7. litlejimy

    You are all very confused and confusing, can't we talk about something really important like Dancing with the Stars or something?

    June 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      I guess we can Litlejimy since it seems to be all that you Tea Partiers know. By ranting for the Republicans, Obama and his henchmen, you Tea Partiers only display your lack of intelligence here!!!

      June 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • Jorge

      I love your sense of humor.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply
  8. God

    While were at it, I heard that north korea's been looking for some nukes for quite a while now. Ya know, a little "election" gift for kim jong un.

    June 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      What has North Korea to do with the topic above, God? Besides, can you use another screen name? The one you're using now is a bit blasphemous and I wish that you'd change it. Please do. Then again, this country seems to getting less and less religiously inclined as time goes on.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  9. deric101

    shoulda sent a nuke... bomb everything including Syria... hell why not drop one on NYC as well

    June 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  10. Lynndel Humphreys

    This was the military's idea not Congress i believe. An executive arbitrary policy decision.

    June 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  11. hender1123

    Does this mean that Obama thinks Jordan is about to attack Israel?

    June 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Freddie

      No, it mean Jordan could fall next and we are trying to prop up a dictator. The Jordanian monarchy was built on fraud, a minority Hashemite controlling a majority Sunni. This regime will fall too. Obama die not seem to know who to back anymore. He should have stuck with Mubarak in Egypt, Assad in Syria, Gaddafi in Libya rather than the terrorists now dominating these countries.

      June 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Reply
      • BOSSman

        Hashemite is the family, Sunni is the sect of Islam. The Hashemites are Sunni Muslims.

        June 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
    • Jorge

      Since Israel is the chosen one, it s the only one who can have arms to defend itself and aslo every other country around it may feel like attacking.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:36 am | Reply
  12. SayanIndia

    The silence of Egypt is fairly astonishing; whereas the Turks have started to bleed. The Middle East is fast turning into a potential dynamite with a Hobson’s choice between autocratic regimes and religious fundamentalists.

    Sayan.

    June 4, 2013 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      That could very well be good news indeed. Anything beats those right-wing, pro-Western Islam Aristocrats who sit around waiting to carry out orders from Washington D.C. These tyrants are no more than puppets for the West!!!

      June 4, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • S on my D

        Calm down Osama

        June 4, 2013 at 11:34 am |
      • Ok nut job.

        I had a hearty chuckle at this.

        June 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  13. SayanIndia

    Thanks to CNN moderators for appropriate actions.

    Back to serious discussion. It seems both Russia and United States are strengthening their positions in the Middle East ironically to avoid an Israeli-Arab conflict.

    Sayan.

    June 4, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
    • S on my D

      I doubt its to avoid conflict. I think Theese respective countries are being used as pawns. Ours being Jordan Russias being Syria. Time will tell.

      June 4, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
  14. SayanIndia

    Request to CNN moderators: A South Asian fundamentalist (Call Me B****) have entered the forum, ban his IP address and kick him out.

    Sayan.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:15 am | Reply
    • Yoshi Togukawa

      Been reading your back and forth. You like to dish it out, but don't like to get some back. Is your request to moderator your best?

      June 4, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
      • SayanIndia

        Constructive criticism is welcome, hooliganism/use of slangs not.

        Sayan.

        June 4, 2013 at 9:23 am |
    • Call me Bwana

      South Asian? You don't know much, do you?

      June 4, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
      • S on my D

        I know you have a small ****.... I rolled over and asked your mother this morning

        June 4, 2013 at 9:26 am |
      • SayanIndia

        You are a South Asian; in sheer idiocy you have betrayed your position/lineage.

        Sayan.

        June 4, 2013 at 9:27 am |
  15. SayanIndia

    The Russians are very serious about their presence in Tartus. Aircraft carrier ‘Admiral Kuznetsov’ along with associated battle group is all set for deployment in Mediterranean.

    Sayan.

    June 4, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • Call me Bwana

      That old tub? Small one too.

      June 4, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • Yoshi Togukawa

      Refits finished?

      June 4, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
      • SayanIndia

        The refit (mainly installation of catapult to the angled deck) has been deferred.

        Sayan.

        June 4, 2013 at 9:34 am |
  16. SayanIndia

    Alert!!! Russian Navy aircraft carrier battle group all set for deployment in Mediterranean.

    Sayan.

    June 4, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
    • S on my D

      Where did you hear this??

      June 4, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
      • SayanIndia

        Confirmed news (will not reveal the source); I have a reputation to defend.

        Sayan.

        June 4, 2013 at 8:51 am |
    • Call me Bwana

      You read RT a lot, don't you?

      June 4, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
      • SayanIndia

        I am an aerospace journalist, I have my own sources.

        Sayan.

        June 4, 2013 at 9:01 am |
      • Call me Bwana

        Aerospace journo? Where do you post? Garbage Daily?

        June 4, 2013 at 9:02 am |
    • Call me Bwana

      A reputation to defend? I will publish your photo with the missile going up Uranus

      June 4, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
      • SayanIndia

        Let me know when you manage to design one.

        Sayan.

        June 4, 2013 at 9:03 am |
      • Call me Bwana

        I can draw one, just as good as any self called journo.

        June 4, 2013 at 9:04 am |
      • SayanIndia

        Contribute something meaningful other than ranting (in fact your sub-standard culture and outlook is already apparent).

        Sayan.

        June 4, 2013 at 9:07 am |
      • Call me Bwana

        And what have you contributed in your barbarian culture? When was the last time you stood up to China and won? You pick on Pakistan and still you can't defeat them? And your corruption is endemic. Screw the poor! Attack defenseless women on buses. When we left after WWII, the whole country went to the dogs. And you ask me what have I contributed? Barbarians

        June 4, 2013 at 9:11 am |
    • Praetorian

      The deployment of the aicraft carrier will be at the end of 2013.

      June 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  17. SayanIndia

    Deployment of USAF F-22A Raptors would have been news to me, not F-16s from the same “stable” (Lockheed Martin).

    Interestingly Lockheed Martin is also the final assembler of Patriot SAM/ATBM; although contribution of Raytheon is significant.

    Sayan.

    June 4, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • S on my D

      Lockheed has had their hand on the governments wallet since the 50's maybe even before that.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:27 am | Reply
  18. Chris Honry

    When will our DAMNED gubmint learn? Those missiles and jets will be misused in a heart beat.

    June 4, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
    • Call me Bwana

      What is a gubmint? A gub minter

      June 4, 2013 at 8:57 am | Reply
      • S on my D

        Wahhhj!!!!! I love your sesame chicken!!!

        June 4, 2013 at 9:24 am |
  19. S on my D

    Sprrring time for Hitler and Germa-nyyy

    June 4, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply
  20. Christian Grey

    There is a recall vote in Colorado and CNN speaks nothing of it yet when they had the recall in Wisconsin CNN covered it like crazy. Oh yea this on e is over the right to bear arms and we wouldn’t want that known. Get real people go to Fox for real news.

    June 4, 2013 at 7:55 am | Reply
    • James

      What does that have to do with this article?

      June 4, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
    • Call me Bwana

      Was the Ganja good, man? Careful or the Obiah man coming for you

      June 4, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply
  21. Soso Bim

    The real reasons for the 9 11 attacks:

    Osama bin Laden and the jihadists in Afghanistan were friends of the United States.United States armed jihadists against the Soviet occupation.After the defeat of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in 1988, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, then the U. S sent 500,000 troops to the Holy Land for Muslims "Saudi Arabia."Then became Osama bin Laden and the jihadists " Very angry from the U.S " . U.S. soldiers in the holy land for Muslims was an insult to Muslims." If Muslims were sent Muslim army to occupy the State of the Vatican," the Holy Land for Christians " then Christians will get angry and send the Army for the Liberation of the Vatican."Osama bin Laden and the jihadists have become the enemies of the U. S after the American occupation of the Holy Lands "Saudi Arabia." Osama bin Laden asked Americans to withdraw from Saudi Arabia, but America rejected, then bin Laden began to launch attacks against Americans in Somalia, Kenya and Yemen, in the end the U. S attacked on 9 11 " .

    We conclude that the reasons for the 9 11 attacks, "the U.S. military presence in the holy places of the Muslims (Saudi Arabia)," not arm the Afghan rebels against the Soviet occupation.

    Many Americans believe that " if we arming the Syrian rebels, then 9 11 will repeat."

    This belief is a big mistake, and it was the reason for the massacres in Syria, as the Assad regime has all kinds of weapons, and the rebels have only light weapons.

    Syria is not a holy land such as Saudi Arabia.

    Now we know the real reason for the attacks of 9 11 .

    Why continue the terrible massacres in Syria because of " misconceptions about the 9 11 attacks " .

    Now, the U.S should stop the massacre in Syria quickly by " no-fly zone over Syria, and arming the rebels with anti-tanks," then the Assad regime will fall within one month, and the horrible massacre in Syria will stop, and peace returns to Syria.

    We dont want the Syrian people become the new enemy of the U.S because the U. S to prevent sophisticated weapons for Syrian rebels such as anti-aircraft.

    Why do we make "new enemies" because of "misconceptions about the 9 11 attacks?"

    We want the Syrian people, become a friend of the U. S, so we must help them.

    June 4, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • Tadpole

      Ummm, the "jihadists" are who exactly in your opinion? The Taliban? If you mean the muhajadin that fought the Russians, and later destroyed Kabul with their infighting.. those are the SAME warlords that the US used to push the Taliban (Pashtun) out. They were called the "Northern Alliance".. remember them? Your version of what happened seems to me to be less accurate, and more just something you pieced together so it would all make sense to you.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
      • Soso Bim

        I mean the U.S army in holy land " Saudi Arabia " !!
        that are the real reasons of 9 11 attacks!!

        June 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
  22. kommy

    What was a very fine play to eliminate all enemies of Israel, became an ending game for the Israel. Whole region is in turmoil, pretty soon deployment of Patriots will become irrelevant, because it will be not safe.

    This is a prelude to all-out Israeli-Arab war.

    June 4, 2013 at 7:39 am | Reply
    • S on my D

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      June 4, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
      • Dixter

        Loving would be easier if your colors were like my dreams...red gold and green

        June 4, 2013 at 8:32 am |
      • S on my D

        Red gold and greeeeEEEN

        June 4, 2013 at 8:37 am |
      • Call me Bwana

        The problem with you, man, is that you have too much time on your hands. Not to mention the hair on the inside of your fingers.

        June 4, 2013 at 9:01 am |
  23. asdf123

    just don't bring back that new virus from Jordan and we will be ok...

    June 4, 2013 at 7:19 am | Reply
  24. abmri60

    It is time for a NO – FLY ZONE over Syria.

    June 4, 2013 at 7:12 am | Reply
    • Tadpole

      Except the Russians are providing anti-aircraft defenses to the Syrian government, which would make enforcement of a no.fly zone all but impossible.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:58 am | Reply
  25. Rudof vs

    Good!
    Now we can perchance get rid of MR. Assad & the Hezbollah.

    June 4, 2013 at 7:07 am | Reply
  26. nytww

    Obama is a warmonger. He won't be happy until he starts World War 3. Looks like he has decided he won't be able to stay in power forever so he is intends to destroy America i a world war..

    June 4, 2013 at 7:06 am | Reply
    • Ray

      wow

      June 4, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
    • Paul

      Yea, and your uncle Bush was Gandhi. Dbag.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
  27. discouragedinMI

    Jordan? What the heck? Those lying, backstabbing thieves?

    Great. Just great.

    June 4, 2013 at 6:54 am | Reply
  28. boyamidumb

    NO

    June 4, 2013 at 6:34 am | Reply
  29. Awabnavi

    Most probably Jordan will have to pay for these "exercises" .

    June 4, 2013 at 5:34 am | Reply
    • rs1201

      that's a miserable lie! arabs get everything for free!

      June 4, 2013 at 6:39 am | Reply
  30. BB

    Our message to Russia: do as we say, not as we do.

    June 4, 2013 at 5:27 am | Reply
  31. M

    Just another arms deal for American jobs and to put weapons into the hands of people that don't even have an industry base.

    Pathetic. F-16's?? Who is attacking Jordan?? None of these Arab countries even have a credible Air Force nor could they afford to lose planes.

    Defensive from who? Syria??? What a joke. Has nothing to do with refugees. Has nothing to do with stability.

    Sounds like Cold War thinking. Russia gave Syria planes and missiles. We had to give someone something. Even though Israel has the area covered if need be.

    June 4, 2013 at 5:16 am | Reply
    • hamza

      the situation is more complex to judgment ,so if we look to the system of syria he have three supports :
      first one is russa ,the second is iran ,after that is "hizp alah"
      on the other hand ,jordan is the best confederate in the middle east to america

      June 4, 2013 at 6:13 am | Reply
    • Brown

      Defence from Israel!!!

      How do you do a confused smiley?

      June 4, 2013 at 6:24 am | Reply
    • Forgive

      Dude that's my unit lmao your funny though thinking were doing stuff look up the last time US fire a Patriot Missile. I will tell you 2005 but we are doing so much to anger you guys,

      June 4, 2013 at 7:02 am | Reply
      • cc

        Sorry to hear that. Another cog in the wheel of destruction. I know what its like. Just keep at it and only do it for the pay

        June 4, 2013 at 7:16 am |
  32. Concerned

    This time next year, we will have to seek the United Nations approval before sending F 16’s and Scud Missile defense systems to another country. Read “Kerry says US will sign UN treaty on arms regulation despite the Senate and House’s opposition”.

    The treaty covers “battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and small arms and light weapons”. “It prohibits Countries that ratify it from transferring conventional weapons if the UN says they violate arms embargoes or if they promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes”.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/03/lawmakers-urge-obama-to-reject-un-arms-treaty-as-it-opens-for-signature/?test=latestnews

    The fine print of the treaty (which has most Americans and both the House and Senate appalled) is a whole lot more than just our 2nd amendment rights. It will empower the UN and the media to tell us if we can support our allies that have retaliated against terrorist attacks which can be reported as such or not.

    This has got to make Richard Falk, a top official of the United Nations Human Rights Council, very happy.

    Wake up folks.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:23 am | Reply
    • Zoglet

      Seems like a good idea to me. Anything that can stop presidents supporting foreign countries on the instructions of their lobby group paymasters can only be a good thing for world peace.

      June 4, 2013 at 5:09 am | Reply
      • Awabnavi

        This treaty is just to prevent OTHER nations from supplying arms not the USA. The US will always find a way around the treaty.

        June 4, 2013 at 5:37 am |
    • Tadpole

      Just so you are informed; there is nothing that anyone can sign with the UN that would have presidence or higher authority over what is decided in a national parlement. That goes for every country, not just the US. If you violate a UN treaty, there are no consequences. The only arm of the UN that has any power whatsoever is the UN security counsil, in which the US has veto-rights. IMHO people that think the UN is going to be able to dictate anything to the US are people that poorly informed.

      June 4, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
  33. fiscaltiger

    the turmoil in turkey, is it the people showing discent for another israeli lap dog, erdogan?

    June 4, 2013 at 4:15 am | Reply
  34. fiscaltiger

    assad's strength is in the refugee infiltrates in jordan and then to the west bank. abbas must be taking the Kerry bribe seriously to change prime ministers.

    even on the face of it patriot missiles will not be effective for a lebanon lauch point. jordan is a compliant anti arab nation, nothing more. should jordan's people be happy with a monarch that is a lap dog to israel? no

    June 4, 2013 at 4:11 am | Reply
  35. Bart Fargo

    "The weapons systems will be sent initially as part of a military exercise called Eager Lion..."

    The US military is comparing itself to a lion in heat.

    June 4, 2013 at 3:07 am | Reply
    • willknutsen

      And lions have long been extinct in the region!

      June 4, 2013 at 3:51 am | Reply
  36. Salaam bachehaa

    It is all a game. This move is merely response to Russia's the other day (selling Assad regime advanced weaponry), nothing more than a pawn in a strategic game of chess. Obama Admin is making the right call and playing this extremely cautious. Russia's next move will be to put "observers" on the ground in Tartus, Syria...likely preventing the highly desired no-fly zone.

    Also, to be clear, because many people seem to be knocking Obama... had a Republican been in office, US would be full-fledge arming the rebels, a no-fly zone in Syria would already be in effect, and possibly even special forces would already be involved on the ground primarily attempting to secure chemical weapons.

    June 4, 2013 at 2:54 am | Reply
    • Bart Fargo

      You really believe the US isn't already covertly arming and advising the rebels? A detachment of CIA advisors are currently in Turkey helping to coordinate arms shipments to the Syrian rebels. No doubt that will also be the unspoken purpose of the deployment to Jordan, which is another supplier of arms to the rebels.

      June 4, 2013 at 3:11 am | Reply
      • willknutsen

        Obviously, not THAT covertly if you know about it!

        June 4, 2013 at 3:52 am |
  37. Lee Oates

    The US appears to be looking for a new war to wage now that Iraq and Afghanistan are closing down. Its a way to keep the Military-Industrial complex in full swing and sucking the American population dry. The Empire is trying to expand its boarders.

    June 4, 2013 at 2:34 am | Reply
    • us interests

      u.s. interests are involved, at some point we have to get involved.

      June 4, 2013 at 2:50 am | Reply
    • willknutsen

      With Mc Donalds everywhere, even China. obviously there are no borders!

      June 4, 2013 at 3:54 am | Reply
  38. simba

    something is brewing on the horizon. don't quite know what, as i don't have all the information. but if i think for a bit...
    syria... saudi's funding the rebels.. everyone had expected the rebels to win by now. rebels committing all manners of atrocities and blaming it on assad.. truth starting to become evident; fear is that soon public opinion will turn against the rebels
    iran.. developing nuclear for peaceful purposes. israel hates iran because israel is arrogant beyond belief and thinks themselves special. iran supports hezbollah, hamas and syria.
    saudi's don't want iran as a power because iran is a threat to saudis. saudis work with israel to oust syria. syria gone implies iran less powerful a regional player. syria gone implies iran has less influence in region. syria gone implies israel has an easier opportunity to attack iran.
    now, the wildcard. assume assad does not fall. assume further that iran de-stablizes iraq and promotes insuegency in saudi arabia. israel is now cornered. assume further that russia stands in the way of the us getting involved (by sending the message to the us "if you get involved on israel's side, we get involved in iran's side).. and you have another north korea or vietnam. in the end, israel is completely destroyed.
    either way, it is best for israel to shut up and make no noise. the only outcome is utter humiliation for israel.

    June 4, 2013 at 2:24 am | Reply
    • JWoody907

      Can't, or should I say, won't happen like that. The Israelis are concerned because they are the only stable democracy in the region, and are religiously and culturally different from their neighbors, and have an indigenous Palestinian population that shares the neighbors beliefs. This leads to the Israeli-Arab issue.
      Iran's nuclear program is also mired in mystery, because Iran, like Iraq in the 80s-90s, is not permitting the IAEA inspectors to do their work in the nation, either by denying the IAEA access, or obstructionism.

      Russia will not intervene to prop up the Assad regime. If anything, Russia is beginning to signal that it is okay with Assad being removed from power, this is shown in the fact they've stopped most weapons shipments to Syria. Those that proceed are considered to be useless against the rebels infantry forces.
      The Saudi's will not be overrun by an Islamic insurgency, because they are a very stable, prosperous nation that also has close ties economically and militarily to the United States, including large caches of US-made military hardware. Any insurgency would quickly fizzle out, especially considering that the Saudis are Islamic themselves (unlike the US/Israel) and the Saudi's control numerous important religious sites, such as Mecca. Islamists can't gain traction because there is no disaffected youth population, no fascist dictator, and no religious divide.

      June 4, 2013 at 2:50 am | Reply
      • Freedom Fascist

        You are absolutely wrong. Russia has openly sent Syria hundreds of anti-aircraft missiles and based three frigates in the Black Sea. I don't think Israel can win this time. The game may be up. They've tried to provoke everyone of their neighbours and they are not succeeding. I don't know how much more obvious is can be. A major war is very likely on the horizon. Read some history, think for yourself...we're in 1937 and the Middle East is Europe. Problem is, this war will truly be the First World War.

        June 4, 2013 at 2:57 am |
    • M.E. in a nutshell

      The Sunnis(saudis, jordan, qatar, et al) and the Shiites(syria, Iran, Part of Iraq, Lebanon) have been bitter enemies for over a thousand years. This is the fundamental issue that causes the violence in the Middle East. This pre dates Christopher Columbus. What we are seeing in Syria and Iraq right now is merely a continuation of this hatred. People blame the west, but just wait. Once the oil fields run dry, you will see. The west will have no interest and the dogs will be abandoned, but they will still fight. Once the scapegoat of western meddling is no longer a valid excuse, you will see fighting continue unabated. Praise Allah and pass the AK47.

      June 4, 2013 at 3:22 am | Reply
    • Goodman

      Absolute nonsense. Wrong analysis. Do your research well and leave hate out of it to be more realistic.

      June 4, 2013 at 4:10 am | Reply
    • Jeffrey igwe

      Sorry boy, your story had a good begining but ended badly, do have personal problem to settle withnisreal?

      June 5, 2013 at 12:13 am | Reply
  39. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015. haha ha

    June 4, 2013 at 2:00 am | Reply
    • JWoody907

      Well, you're....wrong.
      The US has "invaded" Panama, Grenada, Cuba (Bay of Pigs), Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan. That's 6 not 60.
      Even including military assistance programs to other nations (counter-narco in South America, counter-terrorism in Africa), and UN action (Korea, Bosnia, etc), we are nowhere near 60 nations.

      Oh, and the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Pahlavi was not installed by the US. He rose to his position in 1941, and ruled until his overthrow by the Ayatollah and his movement in 1979.
      And yes, the US supported Iraq in the Iran-Iraq war, considering Iran had (and still does) an illegitimate government, and that same government was one of the driving forces to the start of that war.

      Please, educate yourself before you speak.

      June 4, 2013 at 2:34 am | Reply
      • Bart Fargo

        I presume you are leaving out Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia because war was never officially declared. And that is the most disingenuous lie I have ever heard about the 1953 US/UK engineered coup d'etat against the democratically elected government of Iran. You sir, suck Koch. You suck it long, and you suck it hard.

        June 4, 2013 at 3:17 am |
    • willknutsen

      You lack of honesty is noted. Russia shot down a Korean Airlines jet. America made a mistake and apologized. America did not set up the Shah. They helped set up the Shah. Iranian forces were the main movers in that coup. You forgot to mention that Iran had stolen the assets of the foreign oil companies. Government theft is still theft. One buys assets; one does not just take them after private business has built up at great expense a profitable concern. I am hardly a great fan of un-controlled capitalism, but if nations want to play in that game they have to play by the rules. By the way, the Islamic revolution that ousted the Shah killed far far more people than the Shah's regime did.

      June 4, 2013 at 4:03 am | Reply
  40. dot

    Obviously preparing for an imminent attack on Iran, as defensive measure for the US's ally, in case Iran decides to fire back at Jordan and/or Saudi Arabia. Just watch and see...

    June 4, 2013 at 1:18 am | Reply
  41. Laerrus

    They'd be more effective at stopping the spread of the Syrian civil war if they stopped funding and arming the rebels...

    June 4, 2013 at 1:09 am | Reply
    • simba

      If I am not mistaken, the rebels are largely funded by the saudi's; as was ossama.

      June 4, 2013 at 2:11 am | Reply
    • JWoody907

      The problem more rests in how the funds are being distributed. The rebels do not receive enough to be successful in their campaign, but they receive enough to prevent themselves from being wiped out.
      What needs to happen is that the international community needs to get off the fence and put a dog in the fight, one way or the other. As long as the international community simply talks, and only gives enough to maintain status quo, we're not going to see this issue get resolved.

      June 4, 2013 at 2:53 am | Reply
      • That's Obama's Game

        "The rebels do not receive enough to be successful in their campaign, but they receive enough to prevent themselves from being wiped out."

        That's the key, Obama doesn't want to give the rebels any weapons that might be used in a terrorist attack, but he wants more Al Qaeda and Al Nusra fighters to go get killed in the fight, so they have to get enough supplies to keep it interesting. Assad/Iran are both pouring immense resources into this as well as Russia. None of them can even hold a candle to the U.S. economy and it's cash money power, so eventually, the fight will become too costly even for all three of them combined. the U.S.S.R. got outspent in the 80's and they will again this time. All Obama has to do is sit back and make sure the rebels are well(enough) funded.

        June 4, 2013 at 3:34 am |
    • willknutsen

      It has been noted and reported for a long time now that it is the Arab, Sunni governments that are funding the rebels. Hopefully, the West will not contribute weapons to this strange group of opposing fanatical religious "rebels". Perhaps Assad will now allow more freedoms for the Syrian people

      June 4, 2013 at 4:08 am | Reply
  42. sammuel1212

    Yy

    June 4, 2013 at 12:57 am | Reply
  43. KEVIN

    I'm uncomfortable with this. Until Putin puts out more info about his workings with the US and why it appears to be stressed at this time, it is hard to judge about this military move. I just hope we keep Israel contained to not act out beyond their border.

    June 4, 2013 at 12:49 am | Reply
    • EdHawk

      I'v been getting the Cold War feeling since late and definitely something's not right here with US and Russia...I guess its not just me!

      June 4, 2013 at 2:19 am | Reply
      • JWoody907

        Actually, Russia has been fairly cooperative with the United States. They've curtailed weapons shipments to Syria that might be used against the rebels, while still providing material that can't to honor contracts signed with the regime before the civil war kicked off.
        Also the US and Russia have moved closer together on the ballistic missile defense shield that drove a wedge between us during the late Bush-early Obama administrations.

        Really the primary issues we've had with Russia recently has been the detention of political protestors for some questionably illegal things, and some fairness issues we raised about Putin's last election.

        June 4, 2013 at 2:57 am |
  44. JOE B

    While our economy continues to implode, our Republican and Democrat leaders have decided to give more financial aid in the form of military weapons to another US government subsidized country.

    June 4, 2013 at 12:39 am | Reply
  45. Spgfld Tom

    Great idea, let's send more weapons to people who hate us!! Exactly when did "common sense" cease to be fashionable in the White House? Thank God that Biden is in the wings ready to take over the reins of power in '16.....well, if Obama decides to leave that is.

    June 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Jordan doesn't hate America. Not sure if have been there but it's a very cool country.

      June 4, 2013 at 12:02 am | Reply
      • Matt

        You're right, Mike. Jordan is awesome and beautiful, and the people are great. Petra and the Dead Sea are absolutely amazing.

        June 4, 2013 at 12:57 am |
    • Andrew Davis

      They are deploying, not selling... please read before you post

      June 4, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
    • Whatif

      Imagine if this was 2003:
      5th Cavalry would have been closing in on Damascus with a possible "Mission Accomplished" banner on a C-130 ready for display.
      That whole region is in flux and anything can happen. Even Jordan is not as stable as it used to be, there are some people with radical view there too....remember Zarqawi he was from there. Why don't we ask the Saudis or Qataris to do this?

      June 4, 2013 at 12:47 am | Reply
      • John

        Saudies can't do this،because the U.S does not want to help the Syrian people. Obama help the Assad regime under table!

        June 4, 2013 at 1:16 am |
    • JWoody907

      Actually, Jordan is a pretty friendly nation with the US and the EU. It's enjoyed an "advanced" status with the EU since 2010, and was a founding memory of the Arab League. They're very close to us and Europe, and that's one reason we share our military protection with them, including allowing Jordanian military officers to attend training in the US.

      Simply put, these aren't weapons going to a country that hates us, these are weapons going to one of the few Arab nations that has very close ties to the US, something we need to do to maintain good ties with the Arab world.

      June 4, 2013 at 3:01 am | Reply
    • IHateTeaBaggers

      What a teabagger you are!

      October 15, 2013 at 7:20 am | Reply
  46. bankrupt1

    some kid was praying to a rug in the mall this afternoon. can't they walk and pray like everyone else? i think he's just trying to get attention.

    June 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Reply
    • bankrupt1

      are we attracting these folks here and trying to kill them there? someone needs to make up their mind.

      June 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  47. brown

    Dear American,

    Your Congress is busily creating the conditions for another World War.
    When this happens, you must know YOU too will be held equally accountable
    for your – We the people – government's actions.

    Ignorance will not save you. Stop being part of the uninformed American electorate and
    rein in your government. Your elected (an non-elected) government officials are creating
    the conditions for another world calamity.

    June 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • bankrupt1

      Dear Brown. Don't think for a second that they listen to us. They don't. I doubt its even us. More likely banksters that use us. And no, we don't think its ok.

      June 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Shut Up And Listen

      Dear foreigners and Americans pretending to be foreign,

      Kiss my (___x__)

      June 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Reply
      • Beezlegrunk

        If your butt looks like that, you should see a doctor ...

        June 4, 2013 at 2:06 am |
  48. Shawn

    Instead of sending items of war we might want to try sending some Walmarts, strip clubs, and economic reform.

    June 3, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Reply
    • kachoON

      you and i think alike...thats EXACTLY what poor/war torn/muslim/africa/any third world nation needs. i am being serious btw, but is it it not common sense expanding what works here(USA) might help others thrive? We tell africa to save the jungles and forest...yet we demolish so much for housing and development. Anyone agree?

      June 4, 2013 at 2:14 am | Reply
  49. 100%American

    To the entire world, "Instead of calling them questions on a math quiz, let's call them answers And if my answer differs from yours, can't we still be friends?" this is what I meant to say :)

    June 3, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  50. tino

    "Exercise" = Doublespeak for "Ongoing War"

    1984

    June 3, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  51. 100%American

    To the entire world, "Instead of calling them answers on a math quiz, can't we call them answers? And if my answer differs from yours, can't we still be friends?"

    June 3, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  52. RT Colorado

    The movement of US Air Defense assets to Jordan should not be misconstrued to mean the United States is "boxing Israel in". If Iraq denies Israel airspace to attack Iran and Jordan has sophisticated US Air Defense to deny Israel access through its airspace and the United States has the Sixth Fleet in the Red Sea, it pretty much makes an air launched attack against Iran near impossible. That however is merely speculation isn't it?

    June 3, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  53. jimmy

    It seems the US has learned nothing from the very howlish mistakes made by one guy named Jimmy Carter.

    June 3, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
    • watashwillie

      If that is all you can come up with, you are pathetic. Jimmy Carter did nothing like what you are ranting about.

      June 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Reply
    • Afi

      You might want to recheck your history there Corkey.
      It was Carter's successor that armed the Islamic insurgents in Afghanistan and also sold weapons to Iran after they held Americans hostages.

      June 4, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
  54. JGA Phillip Anthony Biondo USN

    I just can't believe I won. Am I really class president? I would like to thank you all for your votes that has made this possible. Arrest the bad guys. I want the entire pharmacy over the counter including all the safe controlled substances except date rape drug. If anything else is controlled it is alcohol and tobacco, but what gives us the right? If it's illegal there it can not come in or out of the country. How do we determine if we can be taxed for something? Increase taxes for rich and less taxes for poor. We need to determine if we have enough nuclear weapons for whatever might happen. Free federal universities with camping. Healthcare for all citizens but does not cover expensive and ineffective treatment, give it a budget and spend wisely. Free raman and multivitamin as needed. Federal employment service website. Environmental responsibility. Floating bases in international water. Lets try to avoid World War 3.

    June 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  55. debra

    Stay out of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    June 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • hopeful

      don't insert it

      June 4, 2013 at 5:38 am | Reply
  56. Reza

    Islamist Turkey is a danger to Europe and the whole world. Wake up America.

    June 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • Awabnavi

      Most probably you are a JEW. Only a Jew would think like this. LOL!

      June 4, 2013 at 6:09 am | Reply
  57. Christopher St. John

    Stupid F-ing US government adding flames to the fire and supporting another dictatorship in the middle east. Between Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Libya, and the Palestinians, we don't know our ass from a hole in the ground. Wait and see which weapons we send to Jordan end up being used against us. Wake up Americans and get rid of these fools in Washington!

    June 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • brown

      You speak truth man! Our Congress is going to bring
      a very big war to our shores. We need to get rid of these fools!

      June 3, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Reply
    • john

      Patriot missiles are defensive, not offensive weapons and so can't be used against us. They are for shooting down incoming missiles.

      June 4, 2013 at 4:54 am | Reply
  58. Rezept

    Break up Islamist Turkey now. Give .the land to their rightful owners.

    June 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • andres

      And according to YOU who are the rightful owners. No really who are the rightful owners.

      June 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Reply
      • hopeful

        the JOOOS !!

        June 4, 2013 at 6:56 am |
    • Awabnavi

      This is another Jew

      June 4, 2013 at 6:11 am | Reply
  59. Cheezfan19

    Well, he may be able to shake up the Bobcats with that kind of firepower. Oh wait, wrong Jordan. Sorry. As you were.

    June 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  60. allenwoll

    .
    Just HOW on earth did our U S Department of WAR get the moniler "DOD" ? ? ?
    .

    June 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • Sam I. Am

      Next it will be the Ministry of Peace, or Minipax in Newspeak! :)

      June 4, 2013 at 12:48 am | Reply
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