US Navy Threatens Caribbean.

US Navy combat vessels will make their first ports of call carrying a message of war and veiled threats in Honduras, Nicaragua, Aruba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao and St. Kitts and Nevis as part of the upcoming military exercises.

Newsday daily of Trinidad and Tobago quoted a US Southern Command press release on the April-May "Partnership of the Americas" operations, considered a military intervention in the region, reported Prensa Latina.

The mission for the USS George Washington, Monterrey cruiser, Stout destroyer, Underwood frigate and 6,500 Marines is to demonstrate US military power in the region. The vessels left US waters last Friday.

The drill is ostensibly to train regional counterparts in anti-drug and human traffic operations, improve inter-army ties, operational capacities and promote good relations, states the military communiqué quoted by Newsday.

But analysts claim the reconnaissance flights may be gauging opportunities to succeed in a strike against any country.

Similar US military maneuvers are nothing new. In Oct 1983, the 7th Fleet, headed for maneuvers in the Mediterranean, was diverted to make a sea-air strike on the eastern Caribbean island of Grenada, which it had rehearsed in 1981 in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

[Source: Granma, Port of Spain, 18apr06]

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