March 9, 2015
Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed US lawmakers on a potential “deal” that the Obama administration is purportedly negotiating with Iran. Netanyahu warned a joint-session of Congress that the Iranian “deal” could result in the destruction of Israel.
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But Israeli saber rattling may be nothing more than diplomatic posturing as Kuwait and the US announced on Friday that they are preparing for a large-scale U.S. Central Command exercise later this month in the Persian Gulf.
The exercise, Eagle Resolve, involves all countries currently participating in Operation Inherent Resolve, the mission that hopes to destroy or degrade the ISIS terrorist organization.
The curious timing of Eagle Resolve coincides with rising Mid-East tensions caused by the Obama administration’s continuing “peace” talks with Iran and the exacerbation of the of conflicts in Yemen, the oldest and poorest country in the Middle East. The advances by the Iranian Shia supported Houthis on the Arabian Peninsula against the Saudi-backed Sunnis is shaping up to be a dangerous expansion of the Syrian war. The apparent goal of the Sunni-Shia confrontation is the supremacy of Islam, the reestablishment of the Caliphate and world domination.
With the Iranian Ayatollahs’ repeated calls for the destruction of Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s declaration that “The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies … are over.” These threats may not be just nationalistic rhetoric as they are bolstered by the proliferation of weapons in the region.
The International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) concluded last week in Abu Dhabi and judging by the record attendance numbers, the weapons business is booming. More than 56 countries and 1,200 vendors brought their wares to the wealthy Middle East enclave. Also in attendance were 159 delegations along with 100,000 defense industry visitors. According to South African military defense contractor, Paramount Group, military spending in the Mideast surged 12.1 percent with $120.6 billion in sales last year.
Adding to the proliferation is the United States, which has provided its regional allies with the Patriot-3 advanced anti-ballistic missile systems needed to defend against offensive or retaliatory Scud attacks from Iran. Please refer to the map above, which depicts the Ring of Defensive Fires deployed by Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt.
The United States has also provided Saudi Arabia with bunker buster bombs used for attacking reinforced structures – like Iranian nuclear facilities and with aerial refueler aircraft necessary to support long-range air strikes – as would be necessary against Iran.
Also left out of the equation is Israel’s reported nuclear cache that leaves prospects for peace even dimmer.
“We know that Tehran knows the details of the talks. Now I tell you that Israel also knows the details of the proposed agreement,” the Israeli leader said last week. “I think this is a bad agreement that is dangerous for the state of Israel, and not just for it. If anyone thinks otherwise, what is there to hide here?”
What is to hide is whether the United States is playing both sides by negotiating with the Iranians and drawing the ire of the region’s Sunnis while simultaneously preparing for war with Iran?
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