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US reassures Gulf states
amid Iran nuclear deal fears

Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/7/2013 2:37:04 PM

Chuck Hagel, the US Defence Secretary, today sought to reassure Gulf states concerned about the recent nuclear deal with Iran by providing an unprecedented breakdown of America’s military presence in the region. Several leading pro-Western Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, have expressed displeasure about the recent interim agreement reached with Iran in Geneva over its nuclear programme, fearing that it could result in the U.S. abandoning its long-established ties with Gulf states in return for better relations with Tehran. But speaking at the annual Manama Dialogue international security conference in Bahrain, Mr Hagel went out of his way

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The Gulf states no longer trust the US. An attempt at reassurance serves only to remind them and us of Hamlet´s mother who shrewdly observed "the lady doth protest too much, methinks." A good many of those Gulf princes and kings attended expensive English schools where they teach and explain such quotes. No doubt the sheiks know the precise numbers of American men and materiel in the Gulf, it´s the intelligence, skill and courage needed to implement them they´re worried about.

Meworries so too.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/7/2013 2:49:39 PM     (No. 9644513)

Obama, Hagel, and Kerry, the three stooges of American Foreign policy. When they tell you they have your back, you ask them to please stand in front.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 12/7/2013 2:55:22 PM     (No. 9644518)

Their problem is that they are promising the leaders of the Middle East that they "have their back." Unfortunately, that means the same thing to the leaders of the Middle East as it does to this Administration. To both groups the phrase, "I´ve got your back" means, "I will stand behind you and as soon as it is in my perceived interest I will stab you in the back."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tren9, 12/7/2013 3:02:07 PM     (No. 9644525)

I got your back, Jack.
You can keep your doctor. Period.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Scribelus, 12/7/2013 3:36:57 PM     (No. 9644552)

I had a Dean just like that. He would tell me anything so that I would go away.
He only lasted two years before he was promoted.

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