Saturday, January 30, 2010

U.S. Speeding Up Missile Defenses In Persian Gulf

Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait have accepted American Patriot missiles, military officials said. The New York Times

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is accelerating the deployment of new defenses against possible Iranian missile attacks in the Persian Gulf, placing special ships off the Iranian coast and antimissile systems in at least four Arab countries, according to administration and military officials.

The deployments come at a critical turning point in President Obama’s dealings with Iran. After months of unsuccessful diplomatic outreach, the administration is trying to win broad international consensus for sanctions against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, which Western nations say control a covert nuclear arms program.

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My Comment: The Arab sheikdoms have read the riot act on their concerns when it comes to Iran .... and the White House/Congress/Pentagon are now responding in kind.

But what struck me was the following sentence ....

Gulf countries are also taking steps of their own to harden their defenses. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have bought more than $15 billion in American arms in the past two years, including missile defense systems.

Hmmmm .... when money talks, everyone listens.

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