US B-52s Fly “Show of Force” Mission Near Iran in Biden’s First Week in Office

For those expecting a sudden de-escalation and mutual olive branches between Iran and the US, with Joe Biden as President, think again. Two B-52H strategic bombers just flew a long range ‘show of force’ mission over the Persian Gulf. This latest sortie continues the long-range deterrence missions aimed at Tehran that began in November.

Iran take note – There may be a new President, but the U.S. military remains the same capable, determined force it has always been.

reported by The Drive:

The two B-52s from the 2nd Bomb Wing departed Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, flew over Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, passed over the Persian Gulf near Qatar, then returned to Barksdale nonstop. The Pentagon has publically stated in the past that these types of missions are a means of deterring possible Iranian aggression, as well as signaling support to U.S. allies in the region.

For parts of the sortie, the bombers were accompanied by fighter jets from the Royal Jordanian and Royal Saudi Air Forces, as well as by fighters from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. That supercarrier had been set to begin making its way home last year, but the Pentagon subsequently sent it back to the Middle East amid threats from the regime in Tehran over the U.S. military’s killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last year, including some directed specifically at then-President Donald Trump.

The Pentagon wants to ensure that Tehran does not think it can exploit the new administration, or exact revenge on former President Trump during the first days of the new administration.

Defense One quoted an unnamed U.S. military official as saying: “We do know that U.S. policy is evolving with respect to Iran right now and the new administration will make some decisions here over the next while. I do know if we can continue to deter Iranian aggression… that it’ll give the policymakers more decision space.”

The official added:

Other concerns included, would [Iran] try to do something to get some revenge on the Trump administration as they left office. We were also thinking ahead and going, okay, would they potentially try to test or pressure the U.S. military in the early days of the new administration?

This is the first long-range B-52 mission over the Persian Gulf since Biden took office last week, but it is now the sixth mission since November. Hopefully, Iran is getting the message.

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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pete
pete
8 months ago

But Joe what about the amount of gas these bombers use ?
And since you are shutting down OUR oil supplies – that means we will have to buy the oil from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia and so on. And does your buddie X supply the parts for those bombers ?

parthenon1@aol.com
parthenon1@aol.com
8 months ago
Reply to  pete

fOR ONCE i WILL BE HAPPY OUR GOVERNMENT MOVES SO SLOW TRUMP WILL BE BACK AS PRESIDENT AND UNTIL THEN WE STILL WILL PRODUCE SURPLUS FROM OUR PRIVATE LANDS

Peter
Peter
8 months ago

AGREE, 100%

Carl Sell
Carl Sell
8 months ago

Of course, we had just done the same thing during the last weeks of the Trump administration, but that didn’t count.

THOMAS
THOMAS
8 months ago

Biden is a FLAKEHEAD … he knows not if he is coming or going … he is a PERV !

Peter
Peter
8 months ago
Reply to  THOMAS

Beyond ANY doubt!!!

parthenon1@aol.com
parthenon1@aol.com
8 months ago

Forget the backward Iranians instead we need to send some volunteer pilots to our “Free China” friends to stop the Chinese Communist jerks. Our pilots along along with those from Taiwan trained and flying American planes will do what we did in Kprea as well as Vietnam , we shot down 10 Chink planes to every 1 we los. You can give the Chinks good copies of American planes but Americans have been taught from birtht and we trained the Taiwanese pilots as well and while we are at it destroy the man made islsnds they illegally built. BETTER TO DIE ON OUR FEETTHAN TO LIVE ON OUR KNEES! ! ! !

Purple heart
Purple heart
8 months ago

Joe thought he would do as Obama did and send them plane loads of money.


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