Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:01 AM
dipsydoodle (42,239 posts)
US plans significant military presence in Kuwait
Source: Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is planning a significant military presence of 13,500 troops in Kuwait to give it the flexibility to respond to sudden conflicts in the region as Iraq adjusts to the withdrawal of American combat forces and the world nervously eyes Iran, according to a congressional report.
The study by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee examined the U.S. relationship with the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman - against a fast-moving backdrop. In just the last two days, Saudi Arabia's ruler named Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz as the country's new crown prince after last week's death of Prince Nayef, and Kuwait's government suspended parliament for a month over an internal political feud.
"Home to more than half of the world's oil reserves and over a third of its natural gas, the stability of the Persian Gulf is critical to the global economy," the report said. "However, the region faces a myriad of political and security challenges, from the Iranian nuclear program to the threat of terrorism to the political crisis in Bahrain."
The report obtained by The Associated Press in advance of Tuesday's release provided precise numbers on U.S. forces in Kuwait, a presence that Pentagon officials have only acknowledged on condition of anonymity. Currently, there are about 15,000 U.S. forces in Kuwait at Camp Arifjan, Ali Al Salem Air Base and Camp Buehring, giving the United States staging hubs, training ranges and locations to provide logistical support. The report said the number of troops is likely to drop to 13,500.
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US plans significant military presence in Kuwait (Original post)
|Swede Atlanta||Jun 2012||#2|
Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)
Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:36 AM
Scootaloo (14,679 posts)
1. "The world nervously eyes Iran"
I didn't know that Israel, Saudi Arabia, and their pet army based out of D.C. counted as "the world"
And well, why not add our military to Kuwait? We can help keep the Filipino and Indonesian slaves from trying anything that might disrupt the flow of that sweet, sweet velvety crude, sort of like we did in Bahrain.
Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)
Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:46 AM
Swede Atlanta (3,596 posts)
2. The human tragedy to which you refer is ignored by the press....
at least the press in this country.
Indian, Filipino and other Asian nationals are brought by the tens of thousands to the oil rich nations of the Gulf. They serve their masters often in squalid and in near slave-like conditions. They often have to surrender their passports when they arrive. They are usually allowed to repatriate some of their earnings but they are always kept on a very short financial tether lest they get uppity and want to get away.
It is modern-day slavery and we condone it directly and indirectly by the way we deal with these nations. If we weren't beholden to them for their oil we could actually take principled stands on human rights abuses such as these. But as long as we are addicted to their oil we will turn a blind eye and let them continue to whip and abuse these Asian workers.
Response to Swede Atlanta (Reply #2)
Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:57 AM
Scootaloo (14,679 posts)
3. A weird tendancy in the US...
I don't know if it's just due to the piss-poor education about our own nation's period with chattel slavery, but many Americans will not believe a slave is a slave if they're getting paid. Any amount is enough to move a person from "slave" to "low wage earner" in the perceptions of many Americans. it's a dangerous and poisonous mentality that allows us to excuse slavery the world over, even while dissolving the truth of our own history - we've already erased that the "sharecropping" system was just slavery in a new shape, and there's constant efforts to claim that chattel slavery was not slavery because "their masters fed them."
America's take on slavery is a slender scab over a festering stab wound.
Response to Scootaloo (Reply #3)
Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:52 AM
ChazII (3,698 posts)
4. Very thoughtful post,
Scootaloo. How can we open Americans eyes to the fact that slavery still exists not only in the world but right here in the US? Your post is helping to educate folks here at DU and for that I say, "Thank you."