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Pier Pressure On Gaza's Shore -- And In Michigan

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The Biden administration wants to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza to save the lives of Palestinian civilians.

Good cause? Sure. Absolutely. Saving and protecting innocents when Americans can is a moral and noble goal. Even protecting the lives of innocents a terror cartel like Hamas uses as human shields for its immoral and strategically evil goals is a sign of moral decency in a vicious Iran Ayatollah-Putin-Chinese Communist Party world.

That noted, later in this column I'll discuss the amoral and ignoble U.S. election conniving shaping WHY the Biden administration desperately wants to create the impression it's delivering aid to Gaza, no matter the risk to the lives of U.S. military and aid personnel.

But first, let's understand the saltwater and sand reality of HOW the Biden administration intends to deliver its Gaza aid. Because DELIVERING is where American prestige, expensive equipment and lives are at stake.

I repeat: American prestige, equipment and lives are at stake. If that sounds like an allusion to the Biden administration FLEEING Kabul in 2021, keep that thought in mind.

The expensive equipment of May 2024: The Biden administration wants to use a complicated military structure/system called JLOTS -- acronym for Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore -- to pull off the HOW. The JLOTS costs around $320 million.

 

I translate the Pentagon jargon: JLOTS is a floating, temporary pier for bringing "stuff" (supplies) from oceangoing big ships to a port lee shore (sand, rocks, etc.).

Sophisticated? You bet. The entire JLOTS system includes the Roll-On, Roll-Off Distribution Facility (RRDF). Maybe this visualization helps explain the Pentagonese: The whole shebang's a floating bridge and parking lot linking oceangoing freighters to a beach. The shebang takes highly trained personnel to create, operate and deliver the goods.

Structure/system isn't a fluff term. The pier complex doesn't deliver the goods. Trained military personnel connect the ships to the shore via the mobile pier. Trucks, driven by human beings, take the goods to the aid distribution centers.

As of late April, two American military JLOTS/RRDFs -- manned by U.S. military personnel and, as I understand it, British contractors, all under the guidance of the U.S. Agency for International Development -- were floating in the Mediterranean Sea just west of the Gaza Strip's shoreline. According to Bloomberg, the two floating piers were links in "a maritime corridor to deliver aid into Gaza."

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