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LTC Stephen F.
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US Forces have been in the Middle east for many decades already - Sinai Peace Keeping for ground assets with air assets and naval assets in the region since the 1950s or so.
Forward positioning of forces [not including USMC embassy guards who will be there] and prepositioned materiel has been part of our global military strategy for a long time. We drew down our assets in western Europe and built up our capabilities in Bulgaria and Romania because the primary threats are East and North of that area.
Hopefully our next POTUS will rebuild relationships with the nations that were our allies before the Arab Spring SFC (Join to see). We have a strong relationship with Israel.
The threat of Russia allying itself with those we offended is very real. The Russians will do what it takes to keep a strategic naval access to the Mediterranean open. The Russians have access to the North Atlantic, the Arctic and the Pacific but unless Turkey allows them to pass through the Bosporus and Dardanelles they will be bottled up in the Black Sea.
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Maj Marty Hogan
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I have said this for years- when Desert Storm kicked off my mother asked me how long I felt it would last...my response was longer than my children's grandchildren will last and then some. She thought I was being pessimistic. We will never leave as there is no strategy to end what the issue is without being a barbaric society- different culture and belief system. Good post SFC (Join to see)
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Capt Seid Waddell
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It is a shame that we didn't stay after the war was won - we would still have troops there but they would not be in combat and the place would be peaceful today.

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