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    Re: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes'

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Well then keep on expecting more terrorist attacks, and more recruitment.
    I already was, long before this ...

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    Re: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes'

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    The only "legitimate complaint" in foreign policy is one that is made by someone with the power to cause problems for you. North Korea makes absurd demands and gets away with it because they have nuclear weapons. Cuba has entirely reasonable complaints that are completely ignored because they have no influence. Its the same way you listen to a lunatic spouting nonsense with a gun pointed at your head more than child with a good point.

    The potential threat of Saudi terrorists is historically obvious. Now that doesn't mean we automatically withdrawn, but rather we must weigh the pro and cons of keeping the bases. While one may argue the need to drone someone in Yemen, that still doesn't justify the bases in Saudi Arabia given the simple alternative of using a carrier. Thus there is no particular reason to raise tensions when there is a better alternative.

    For a counterpoint, lets suppose they demand we stop supporting the corrupt and dictatorial monarchy. While perhaps a reasonable request, it would endanger the oil gravy train, so the sensible response would be to tell them to get ****ed.
    These are NOT US bases.. These are Saudi bases.

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    Re: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes'

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Do you know how long we've been there?
    Supposedly we pulled all military, and intelligence activity out in 2003.


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    Re: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes'

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon View Post
    These are NOT US bases.. These are Saudi bases.
    There is no difference between a U.S. base and a Saudi based used to launch U.S. aircraft from a political perspective. The only thing even more meaningless than arguing about fairness in foreign policy is pedantic hairsplitting.

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    Re: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes'

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Read more @: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes' - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

    Apparently we have not removed all bases from Saudi Arabia. Im sure this is gonna make all those holy warriors real happy with infidels on the soil of the "holy kingdom".

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    Re: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes'

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Supposedly we pulled all military, and intelligence activity out in 2003.
    "As of 2011, the 64th Air Expeditionary Group is stationed in Eskan Village."
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    Re: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes'

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Chuckles View Post
    I'm figuring we are there operating with the blessing of their govt
    "Opinion polls conducted by Gallup from 2006–2008, find that many in Muslim majority countries strongly object to U.S. military bases in Saudi Arabia. 52% of Saudis agreed that removing military bases from Saudi Arabia would very significantly improve their opinion of United States. Also 60% of Egyptians, 39% of Jordanians, 40% of Syrians and Palestinians, 55% of Tunisians, 13% of Iranians, 29% of Turks, 40% of Lebanese, 30% of Algerians gave that opinion too.[4]

    The U.S. has rejected the characterization of its presence as an "occupation", noting that the government of Saudi Arabia consented to the presence of troops. Many in the U.S., the Arab world and elsewhere saw the presence of U.S. troops as supporting the House of Saud, the rule of which is controversial."
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    Re: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes'

    There is no reason that because a group despises us for an act, that it means we should not be doing said thing. The resource embargo against Japan figured prominently in both the internal calculations and the stated cassus belli of the Japanese Empire. It did not mean the United States was in the wrong. We have become so masochistic that we confuse cause for verdict. I don't particularly care that Osama Bin Laden chose to list (among his many, many grievances) the US intervention in Kuwait and stationing of troops at the request of the governments which invited us (and certainly have more legitimacy and popular support than al-Qaeda or its affiliates) which benefited the United States, our allies, and quite frankly most of the world materially and strategically. That it brought on such a reaction is not my problem, it is the problem of those who attacked us. That is why we fight them.

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    Re: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes'

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Supposedly we pulled all military, and intelligence activity out in 2003.
    We have always had a publicly stated training mission and joint intelligence command post in the Kingdom. We withdrew combat formations and 99% of all personal in 2003. What remains, remains at the invitation of the Kingdom.

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    Re: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes'

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Read more @: CIA 'using Saudi base for drone strikes' - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

    Apparently we have not removed all bases from Saudi Arabia. Im sure this is gonna make all those holy warriors real happy with infidels on the soil of the "holy kingdom".
    So what?! Next news story....

    THIS JUST IN!!!

    Soldiers eat bacon and eggs on muslim holy land!

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