It's hard to see what these small Gulf states could have contributed other than the use of airbases there. And there are a couple bases in the outback of Jordan that could have been useful, because they are closer to the areas attacked, for launching search and rescue missions or drone strikes.
But I keep wondering, why not Cyprus? I would think the British are right with us on all this, and they have at least one large, well-equipped airbase there. Because Cyprus is so close to the target areas, and because a good part of a flight from there would be over the ocean, where there is no threat of anti-aircraft fire, it seems very well suited as a base, especially for the fighter-bombers involved. When strikes are launched from a long range, each aircraft can carry less weight in weapons and needs other aircraft to refuel it.
Could it be that Turkey has some influence over the British bases on Cyprus, and President Pinprick is worried about offending his Islamist pals in the Turkish government?
[QUOTE=Grant;1063788447]This is the absolute truth.Cheap political points? By pulling the troops from a stable Iraq thousands more lives will be lost, billions more spent, and you are concerned about Barrack Obama getting some criticism for this decision??