Arming “Gulf”: America’s new strategy to repel any attack by Iran

Arming “Gulf”: America’s new strategy to repel any attack by Iran


Rowan Scarborough

The Washington Times

The Washington Times, that the flow of U.S. weapons to the Gulf states is larger than ever, arguing that it confirms the current U.S. administration went to rely on allies in the region in any possible war.

And suggested that these countries are the U.S. armed either part of a plan for an all-out war or it will be forced to enter the fray if Iran counter-attacks. The paper disclosed the U.S. for the weapons sold to the Gulf characterized as nature offensive, and excels in some cases to those owned by the U.S. military forces, noting that of the $ 56 billion total U.S. sales to developing countries in 2011, the $ 33 billion of it went to Saudi Arabia. It showed that the Sunni Arabs are very worried about the invasion of the Shiites of the Arabian Peninsula, and the Gulf states offer unspoken support for the Israelis to confront the Shiites.

Said Rowan Scarborough, a journalist and American writer known, in an article published in The Washington Times, last Sunday that “the flow of arms the U.S. for U.S. allies in the Gulf, which is larger than ever, turning more to offensive weapons, at which time indicates U.S. President Barack Obama that the United States military strategy will rely heavily on military force to its allies in any future war. ”

He added that “the only war looming on the horizon for the United States’ allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states, with neighboring Iran.” The transfer of Scarborough in his article for analysts, saying that “Gulf states can participate in an air campaign U.S. to strike Iran’s nuclear sites, because arms sales the U.S. included guided bombs satellite, where it was likely that these countries armed American, either part of a plan to war comprehensive, or it will be forced to enter the fray if Iran counter-attacks, as expected. ”

He cited the words of Kenneth Katzman, an analyst who specializes in Middle East affairs, who works for the Department of Research Congress, which stressed that “Iran would retaliate from the Gulf states, or at least will target enterprises and rules used by the United States in the region”, adding that it “would drag countries Gulf in any conflict happens, and I think that they saw better to be prepared. ”

He American journalist in his article in Washington Times, that “there Thhida U.S. military in the Gulf reflected more aircraft carriers, warplanes and carriers Tomahawk missiles, warships sweeping mines, and stealth aircraft F-22 , and thousands of American troops stationed in Kuwait. ”

According to Scarborough, the “mere approval of President George W. Bush, and then the Obama administration on a series of arms sales to some oil-rich Gulf states to strengthen their offensive capabilities, would make Iran think twice before you do any attack.”

The U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta this alliance on December 11 last year, when landed his plane in Kuwait highlighted America’s allies in the Gulf, for consultations, also spoke to some of the leaders of U.S. troops stationed there and the nearly for 13 thousand and 500 soldiers.

Panetta said to reporters then “our presence in Kuwait and throughout the Gulf contribute to strengthening the capacities of partner countries, as it constitutes a deterrent against aggression, and helps to ensure the ability to respond to any crisis in the region.” Panetta also said the Kuwait Air Force Base that the United States has 50 thousand troops, and a fleet of warships in the region.

According to the Congressional Research Service, as the transfer of Scarborough in his article that “the size of the U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia was exceptional, and is even now, the bulk of U.S. sales in the world or the developing world during the year 2011.”

“It is $ 56 billion, total U.S. arms sales to developing countries in 2011, the $ 33 billion, more than half of total sales were to Saudi Arabia, has also seen sales of arms the U.S. increased significantly, it is $ 14 billion in 2010 56 billion dollars in 2011, and most of those sales to the oil-rich Gulf states. ”

He noted “some offensive military equipment that was delivered to the Gulf states are level or may excel in some cases to those owned by the U.S. military forces.”

And the American journalist that “Lockheed Martin has sold to the United Arab Emirates aircraft F-16 Desert Falcon (known as Block 60), where the State funding development costs amounting to $ 3 billion. ” He noted that “the desert hawks new radars, and high ability to fire rockets, what makes it offensive threat against Iran across the Gulf waters.”

And on stock Saudi Arabia from U.S. arms, said Scarborough, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also purchased weapons more aggressive, where it signed an agreement last year to buy 2000, which is known munitions Joint Direct Attack, a system especially turning unguided rockets into guided missiles, were used to widely by the Navy and the Air Force to destroy targets in Iraq and Afghanistan. ” He added, “As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed a deal to buy 84 aircraft F-15SA and update leaked, which consists of 70 aircraft. ”

On the nature of the aircraft, speaking writer in the Washington Times article “aircraft can the F-15 launch of a wide range of munitions, including Joint Direct Attack Munition and Harpoon missiles directed via satellite and anti-tank grenades and other “.

He stressed that “such offensive weapons are increasingly important in the Gulf states, due to Israel’s efforts to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities in return for the Islamic Republic sought to acquire nuclear weapons.”

He cited the well-known American journalist, a statement by Thomas McInerney, a retired general in the U.S. Air Force, which calls for military action against Tehran, “the Gulf States believes that Iran’s Shiite majority, has become a destabilizing factor in their area.”

McInerney said, according to Scarborough “It is clear that the Sunni Arabs are very worried about the invasion of (Shiite) to the Arabian Peninsula from Lebanon to Syria to Gaza, under the guidance of the Iranian leadership.” He noted that “sales of modern fighter planes and weapons, is to help them cope with this threat.” He noted that “Gulf countries offer unspoken support, as it supports the Israeli secret address (the Shiites).”