3 thoughts on “U.S. Plans Long-Term Gulf Military Presence to Combat Iran – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. A unilateral IDF strike would necessarily involve the US. The Iranians have made it clear that they would regard it as having been blessed by the US and would retaliate against both countries. That’s what the build-up described above is about.

    Col. Sam Gardner, a very credible retired USAF war-gamer who’s been a specialist on Iran strikes since he war-gamed a US strike Iran in 2004 for The Atlantic, had a paper out about this last year, in which he plausibly made the case that Obama would be advised by the US Joint Chiefs not to wait on Iranian response to an Israeli strike but to launch US follow-on strikes regardless.


    I can’t see how anything’s changed in a year. The NYT story is more evidence that something’s up.

  2. Or Israel could stop making threats against Iran, defuse the situation, and American taxpayers wouldn’t have to pay to protect their snarling little pit bull.

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