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    Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

    U.S. to deploy military forces to Saudi Arabia after drone attacks on oil sites

    The United States is deploying military forces to the Middle East after Saturday's drone attacks on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that the administration of President Donald Trump has blamed on Iran.

    "The president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense," U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said at a news conference Friday.

    Esper did not say how many troops would be sent, but said they would be primarily focused on air and missile defenses.

    Maybe we can just move them from Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia.

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    Re: Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by SonOfDaedalus View Post
    U.S. to deploy military forces to Saudi Arabia after drone attacks on oil sites




    Maybe we can just move them from Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia.
    Sending troops to Saudi Arabia is the only option Trump had since he boxed himself into a corner by threatening an attack on Iran but Iran scared the **** out of him by saying it would be all-out war if he dared. Trump had to do something so sending troops to help with the messy cleanup in Saudi Arabia is the most he can do.




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    Re: Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

    About these BS threads today of no more US lives at risk over Middle East oil.
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    Re: Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by HumblePi View Post
    Sending troops to Saudi Arabia is the only option Trump had since he boxed himself into a corner by threatening an attack on Iran but Iran scared the **** out of him by saying it would be all-out war if he dared. Trump had to do something so sending troops to help with the messy cleanup in Saudi Arabia is the most he can do.
    When did Trump threaten an attack on Iran? I must have missed that.
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    Re: Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

    This does actually represent a sensible approach if the goal is training up the Saudis to defend their own airspace, something they are clearly not capable of doing today. But if the goal is to just put US defensive forces on the ground on an open ended basis, that would not be a good idea.

    The Saudi's have earned a reputation for being willing to hold our coats and fight to the last American. I would be very wary of that tendency and make sure we are there to train, not actually provide long term defense forces. That could turn ugly in due time as any military conflict with Iran will not be a military conflict in the conventional sense. Iran will fight it as a war outside their borders and drive us absolutely out of our minds in the process. See the Saudi raid to the 3rd power. Proxy wars will flair up all over the place.

    Trump has been overplaying his hand. Ripping up the JCPOA was a monster mistake. Insisting on going it alone has taken what could have been a strong US hand and turned it into a weak one. That is so in the Middle East generally and most specifically with regard to Iran. The Saudi raid shows that as much as it shows how feeble the Saudis are at defending their own airspace. Iran on the other hand had played a relatively weak hand well and has outmaneuvered DonDon in the process.
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    Re: Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by HumblePi View Post
    Sending troops to Saudi Arabia is the only option Trump had since he boxed himself into a corner by threatening an attack on Iran but Iran scared the **** out of him by saying it would be all-out war if he dared. Trump had to do something so sending troops to help with the messy cleanup in Saudi Arabia is the most he can do.
    The problems we have with Iran is a direct result of him pulling us out of the Iran deal. It's his mess.

    We have no Iran deal and no North Korea deal. He was so boastful about his ability to make deals.

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    Re: Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by SonOfDaedalus View Post
    The problems we have with Iran is a direct result of him pulling us out of the Iran deal. It's his mess.

    We have no Iran deal and no North Korea deal. He was so boastful about his ability to make deals.
    He pulled out of the Iran deal to spite Obama.

    If you think the endless war in Afghanistan is a terrible waste, look into the mess that Saddam got into when he attacked Iran. They had kids in suicide banzai charges against the Iraqis. You can't wing against Iran in a conventional war.
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    Re: Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

    I guess I missed it when Saudia Arabia getting attacked in a war they've been engaging in somehow became America's problem...

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    Re: Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    When did Trump threaten an attack on Iran? I must have missed that.
    You know for how much you hang on to his every word, or defend him, you don't seem to pay attention all that much to what he says and does.
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    Re: Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyfox696 View Post
    I guess I missed it when Saudia Arabia getting attacked in a war they've been engaging in somehow became America's problem...
    Amee Vanderpool on Twitter: "BREAKING: Trump has ordered the Pentagon to deploy additional troops and equipment to Saudi Arabia: "In response to [Saudi] request, the president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense."… https://t.co/eRU4WzQOEY"

    So now we're just spending our taxpayer's money to fulfill the requests of a murderous regime.
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