The powers of the M-IC have made it clear that the narrative that the Iranians will attack Saudi Arabia and the kingdom is shivering in their boots . And what do they do when they are afraid?
They turn to the US for protection.
Top CentCom general is the lead voice on this fear….
Months upon months of US military buildups in the Middle East, all around Iran, combined with near-constant threats to attack Iran outright have sure been raising regional tensions, but according to US Centcom commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, it is not believed to be deterring Iran.
To be clear, deterrence in this case means reducing the US-perceived “threat” posed by Iran, and with US officials, particularly military officials, constantly seeing Iran’s threat increasing, this should not be a surprising turn of events. As ever, expensive deployments against a US regional rival are being seen by military officials as justification for more deployments going forward.
This probably assured this general a job for his help when he retires.
So Trump is facing a dilemma of protecting his “good friend” and fellow authoritarian or to hold to a promise of ending these wars…..looks like he is leaning to the former.
According to Pentagon officials, the US has begun negotiations with Saudi Arabia on the question of cost-sharing for the ever-growing US military presence in the Saudi kingdom. Talks began with the arrival of US radar and air defense systems.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley met with the Saudi crown prince this week and brought up this matter. Milley was presenting the US presence as aimed squarely at Iran, and deterring Iran from attacking the Saudis.
Gen. Milley also intended to give the impression that this was not a short-term mission, either, saying the US wants to maintain this presence in the region as part of America’s overall regional footprint.
The US commitment of thousands of troops, warplanes and missiles into Saudi Arabia is potentially an expensive proposition, and the administration has been keen in those cases to push for the host country to help defray the costs. It is not clear how much the presence is costing the US so far, and it is unclear how much the US is seeking from the Saudis.
All of this talk of long-term presence and cost-sharing is also likely to portend yet more US deployments into Saudi Arabia, as the administration continues to talk up Iranian “threats” and the need for a US presence in the area.
I have a couple of questions.
Will we or won’t we send my troops to KSA?
Further evidence of some sort of planned increase came during Congressional testimony Thursday by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood, whose answer to a question about a proposed troop increase was equivocal, leaving open the possibility of “dynamic adjustments to our posture” to deter Iran.
“We are evaluating the threat situation, and the secretary, if he chooses to, can make decisions to deploy additional forces based on what he’s observing there,” Rood said. “Based on what we’re seeing with our concerns with the threat picture, it is possible we would need to adjust our force posture.”
A word game…..
The Saudis spend billions upon billions on weaponry from the US why do they need the US to “protect” them from anybody. Are they that inept? Then what is the money spent really going for?
Second question ….when did the US military become a mercenary force? A force paid by a foreign government?
Both of these question should be answered…..the American people need to know just what our interests in protecting the Saudis from local “bad boys”….who are we really protecting? And why are we protecting them?
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