Spain Wants Nothing to Do With America’s Iran Strategy

David Axe

David Axe

Security,

The Spanish government on May 14, 2019 announced its navy would not, as previously planned, send a guided-missile frigate to join the battle group of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

Spain Wants Nothing to Do With America’s Iran Strategy

The United States is already losing a close ally in its rush to justify military action against Iran.

The Spanish government on May 14, 2019 announced its navy would not, as previously planned, send a guided-missile frigate to join the battle group of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

Washington in early May 2019 expedited Lincoln’s planned deployment to the Middle East after officials with the Trump administration claimed they had received intelligence indicating Iranian forces planned to attack American interests.

“The U.S. government has taken a decision outside of the framework of what had been agreed with the Spanish navy,” Spain’s acting defense minister Margarita Robles told reporters in Brussels.

In addition to speeding up Lincoln’s deployment, the Pentagon also sent a contingent of U.S. Air Force B-52s to the Middle East as part of a wider build-up of forces in the region. The bombers on May 12, 2019 flew their first “deterrence” sorties near Iran. Air Force F-15C and F-35A fighters around the same time flew their own show-of-force missions.

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