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    Re: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    As I understand it, one of the reasons for the naval vessels is to transport troops to the southern coast. And then the arab coalition will move towards the rebels from both sides.
    It's also the easiest place for them to insert troops. During the last major border war in 2009-2010 the Saudi's suffered heavy casualties for minimal gains. It wouldn't be surprising if they were trying to minimize potential casualties with more minimal objectives like securing Aden and the southern periphery while relying on air power and local proxies to harry the north.

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    Re: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen

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    Based on what? Keeping sanctions on Iran keeps world oil prices up but allowing a nuclear Iran may raise them even more. Why is it OK to have a nuclear Pakistan but not a nuclear Iran?

    We have gone from "Iran isn't building bombs, this is all Republican panic" to "so what, why shouldn't they have them?"

    At least we are admitting the threat exists
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    Re: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    It's also the easiest place for them to insert troops. During the last major border war in 2009-2010 the Saudi's suffered heavy casualties for minimal gains. It wouldn't be surprising if they were trying to minimize potential casualties with more minimal objectives like securing Aden and the southern periphery while relying on air power and local proxies to harry the north.
    The Egyptians sent 4 ships to the gulf Aden.....they are a bit better than the Saud at conducting operations.

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    Re: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    It's also the easiest place for them to insert troops. During the last major border war in 2009-2010 the Saudi's suffered heavy casualties for minimal gains. It wouldn't be surprising if they were trying to minimize potential casualties with more minimal objectives like securing Aden and the southern periphery while relying on air power and local proxies to harry the north.
    I agree, I dont see any of the coalition forces willing or capable of the sustained operations that would be required to completely defeat the enemy, considering AQ controls most of the east as is, and the terrain.

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    Re: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by Fearandloathing View Post
    We have gone from "Iran isn't building bombs, this is all Republican panic" to "so what, why shouldn't they have them?"

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    Re: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    From The New York Times:



    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/wo...his-yemen.html

    Just as had been the case with Bahrain, it appears that Saudi Arabia and neighboring states may have drawn a line on preventing Shia movements from toppling governments in adjacent states. The Gulf Cooperation Council's military intervention to quash a Shia uprising in Bahrain very likely deprived Iran from gaining an ability to blockade the Persian Gulf, a development that could have facilitated Iran's drive for regional hegemony. Whether or not Saudi Arabia and its regional alies send ground forces into Yemen to restore order after using air power to degrade the Houthi militants remains to be seen. If they do, not only will such a development hold the possibility of strengthening regional stability, but it could also signal a new more assertive national security doctrine on the part of Saudi Arabia and its regional allies.
    Or it could disintegrate into a proxy sectarian war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. I hope the US stays out of it and let the two sides fight it out once and for all.

    Frankly I don't see the Saudi's as a stabilizing force... especially since they...not Iran...are the biggest supporters of terrorism (ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Wahabbists, Charlie Hebdo, Fort Hood, etc....) in the world. Who could forget 9/11 or that 19 of the 20 hijackers were Saudi citizens? The Saudi's pushed for the US to invade Iraq and then supported Al Qaeda to kill US troops and Shiite. Seriously, with allies like that who needs enemies?

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    Re: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen

    The Saudi's have dedicated 100 jets plus helicopters and ground forces. A sizable Saudi ground force is now massing about 20 miles from the Yemeni border. The Egyptians have contributed naval vessels and the US is contributing intelligence, reconnaissance, and air-refueling tankers. The rest of the coalition has contributed fighter aircraft ... Morocco (15), Jordan (15), Sudan (15), Kuwait (15), Bahrain (15), UAE (30), Qatar (10), Pakistan (15).

    The Saudi's report that all Yemeni military aircraft have been destroyed and coalition air assets continue to attack air defenses, arms depots, and communications lines. It seems to me they are "shaping the battlefield" as a precursor to a ground invasion. The Houthi rebels continue to pound the city of Aden with tank munitions and reports from Aden say the city is in chaos and hospitals are filling up with wounded civilians.

    Iran, Lebanon, and Iraq (all majority Shiite states) have condemned the coalition operation.

    The US is in the odd position of assisting the Shia of Iraq against Sunni ISIS while assisting the Sunni coalition attacks on the Shia of Yemen.


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    Re: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post

    The US is in the odd position of assisting the Shia of Iraq against Sunni ISIS while assisting the Sunni coalition attacks on the Shia of Yemen.
    As Jon Stewart put it.. "it took decades of destabilizing conflict, but we finally figured out how to wage a proxy war against ourselves".
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    Re: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    As Jon Stewart put it.. "it took decades of destabilizing conflict, but we finally figured out how to wage a proxy war against ourselves".
    Thanks Obama.

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    Re: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Thanks Obama.
    Well more like a team effort going back to Eisenhower if not before
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