Confirmed: Obama diplomacy with Iran failed. Time to do something. In an overt attempt to tamp down Israel, President Obama has ordered Patriot missiles to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwit. Two warships will stay in the Persian Gulf capable of shooting down Iranian missiles – and the US is helping Saudi Arabia develop ways to protect their oil installations.
From The Guardian:
Washington has not formally announced the deployment of the Patriots
and other anti-missile systems, but by leaking it to American
newspapers the administration is evidently seeking to alert Tehran to a
hardening of its position….
An unnamed senior administration official told the New York Times: “Our
first goal is to deter the Iranians. A second is to reassure the Arab
states, so they don’t feel they have to go nuclear themselves. But
there is certainly an element of calming the Israelis as well.”
Petraeus said the US is keeping cruisers equipped with advanced
anti-missile systems in the Gulf at all times to act as a buffer
between Iran and the Gulf states.
The Democrat administration didn’t do this by themselves:
Pro-Israel lobby groups in the US have joined Republican party leaders
in trying to build public pressure on the administration to take a
tougher line with Iran. One group, the Israel Project, has been running
a TV campaign warning that Iran might supply nuclear weapons to terrorists.
Imagine Washington DC under missile attack from nearby Baltimore,” it
says. “A nuclear Iran is a threat to peace, emboldens extremists, and
could give nuclear materials to terrorists with the ability to strike
The move is a continuation of the military build-up begun under
former president George W Bush. In the past two years, Abu Dhabi has
bought $17bn (£11bn) worth of weapons from the US, including the
Patriot anti-missile batteries and an advanced anti-missile system. UAE
recently bought 80 US-made fighter jets. It is also buying fighters
Petraeus said in a speech in Bahrain last year the UAE air force “could take out the entire Iranian air force, I believe”.
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