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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-12 10:34 PM
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9.  U.S. troops quietly surge into Middle East
The Pentagon has quietly shifted combat troops and warships to the Middle East after the top American commander in the region warned that he needed additional forces to deal with Iran and other potential threats, U.S. officials said.

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who heads U.S. Central Command, won White House approval for the deployments late last year after talks with the government in Baghdad broke down over keeping U.S. troops in Iraq, but the extent of the Pentagon moves is only now becoming clear.

Officials said the deployments are not meant to suggest a buildup to war, but rather are intended as a quick-reaction and contingency force in case a military crisis erupts in the standoff with Tehran over its suspected nuclear weapons program.

The Pentagon has stationed nearly 15,000 troops in Kuwait, adding to a small contingent already there. The new units include two Army infantry brigades and a helicopter unit - a substantial increase in combat power after nearly a decade in which Kuwait chiefly served as a staging area for supplies and personnel heading to Iraq.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/0...

Panetta sure tried to make it look like he's downsizing. But when you withdraw 2 brigades from Europe and add 2 brigades in Kuwait, that's not a net reduction, is it?

Remember just last month, how wonderful it was for Obama to have kept his promise to get our soldiers out of Iraq? (He didn't keep his promise at all. We were finally thrown out kicking and screaming pursuant to the SOFA negotiated by George W Bush.) Now we see that Obama quietly authorized this headcount transfer from Iraq to Kuwait at the same time he was being praised here at DU for bringing the troops home. At the end of November there were 13,000 US soldiers left in Iraq, about the same number that has been moved into Kuwait.
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