Saturday, December 7, 2013

Obama Administration Tries to Reassure Sunni Arab States That We Won't Let Iran Nuke the Entire Region

I guess the Obama administration thought that EVERY country would be as thrilled with a nuclear-armed Iran as Obama and Kerry now they are back-tracking and making even bigger fools of themselves.  I would like to note that it's pretty hard to impress people with your military power when you've fired every General, you've slashed Defense spending and the reports are you don't have enough battle-ready troops for even one major military action.

The story comes from The Telegraph.

US reassures Gulf states amid Iran nuclear deal fears

Chuck Hagel, the US Defence Secretary, today sought to reassure Gulf states concerned about the recent nuclear deal with Iran by providing an unprecedented breakdown of America’s military presence in the region.

Several leading pro-Western Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, have expressed displeasure about the recent interim agreement reached with Iran in Geneva over its nuclear programme, fearing that it could result in the U.S. abandoning its long-established ties with Gulf states in return for better relations with Tehran.

But speaking at the annual Manama Dialogue international security conference in Bahrain, Mr Hagel went out of his way to stress the formidable amount of American firepower that still remains based in the Gulf region.

Previously, American defence secretaries have been wary about specifying the precise strength of America’s military strength in the region for fear of further inflaming tensions among radical Islamist groups.

But with key American allies seeking assurance of a protective US presence in the wake of the Iran deal, Mr Hagel told the conference, which is organised by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, that the Pentagon had no plans to reduce America’s military presence in the region, and was also planning to strengthen the region’s defensive missile shield to protect the Gulf states from attack by Iran.

The Pentagon “will not make any adjustments to its forces in the region — or to its military planning — as a result of the interim agreement with Iran,” said Mr Hagel. There are currently more than 35,000 troops in the Gulf region, including more than 10,000 forward-deployed soldiers with tanks, artillery and attack helicopters to serve as a “bulwark against aggression,” he said.

Meanwhile 40 U.S. warships have sailed through the Strait of Hormuz — the key waterway at the mouth of the Gulf which Iran threatened to mine in late 2011 — a total of about 50 times in the last six months.

1 comment:

The Duhnmharu said...

More lies from teh prevaricator in chief. USA is a paper tiger Imagine firing over 200 generals that just so happen dont see eye to eye with their commander in chief, who has zero repeat zero military experience. For fuck sake Obama is a community organizer not a general. What he knows about teh military he learned reading SgT Fury and his Howling Commandoes. Now hagel has to stretch teh truth to make it sound like its business as usual. I wonder if a poll were taken today, how many military would go to war under Obama given a choice to go or not to go. I would shudder at what I think the number of no gos are.
You can only screw so many people for so long before they say fuck off. Time for Obama, kerry and Hagel to all "fuck Off"