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US Military draws the boundries of Sunni-Shi’i Divide-Joins GCC

Well its official – with the US out of Iraq, it is pivoting to an enhanced position within the GCC, Sunni monarchies. A great way to solidify and activate the sunni-shi’i card as well as to defend the interests of some of the most undemocratic, extremist supporting states.

From the NYT here:

With an eye on the threat of a belligerent Iran, the administration is also seeking to expand military ties with the six nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. While the United States has close bilateral military relationships with each, the administration and the military are trying to foster a new “security architecture” for the Persian Gulf that would integrate air and naval patrols and missile defense.

“…At the same time, however, the council sent a mostly Saudi ground force into Bahrain to support that government’s suppression of demonstrations this year, despite international criticism.

Despite such concerns, the administration has proposed establishing a stronger, multilateral security alliance with the six nations and the United States. Mr. Panetta and Mrs. Clinton outlined the proposal in an unusual joint meeting with the council on the sidelines of the United Nations in New York last month…”

–And note how a non-iraqi…. speaks for the Iraqis!

“They’re worried that the American withdrawal will leave a vacuum, that their being close by will always make anyone think twice before taking any action,” Bahrain’s foreign minister, Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, said in an interview, referring to officials in the Persian Gulf region…”

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

October 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

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