The U.S. sent the U.S.S. Ponce, described as a floating command post for forays into Iran, to Gulf waters for the first time. Although, the Ponce has been described as a forward staging base for attacks against Iran by special forces personnel, the latest PR from the Navy minimizes the ship’s offensive capabilities. Instead, it describes it as an anti-mine vessel that can also serve as a floating repair dock for other navy ships.
There can be no doubt that this is further psychological warfare intended to show the Iranians we’re serious about our military threat against them should they go nuclear.
It’s no accident that this photo shows the Ponce as it arrives at port in Bahrain within the past day or so. That country is one of our Middle Eastern allies, whose despotic monarchy we support, despite the fact that it kills and maims its own citizens routinely. Just this week it sentenced the country’s best known blogger to three months in prison for a tweet.
Bahrain, of course, is a mortal enemy of Iran since the former is ruled by minority Sunnis, while Iran is Shiite. Seems like we’re playing the old British imperial divide-and-conquer tactic which worked pretty well for them till it didn’t.