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East of Suez
Britain Builds First Base in East In 40+ Years
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  • Kevin

    My thoughts drifted more along the lines that Bahrain (and probably the Suadues, UAE and Kuwaitis behind them) was diversifying its list of protectors/patrons as it was no longer entirely confident that the U.S. would there if needed. Bahrain has an ugly internal security problem (which makes it very vulnerable to Iranian subversion) and the US abandoning Mubarak must have shocked them.

    • InRussetShadows

      That’s a good point. However, he who builds the base, bugs the base.

    • FriendlyGoat

      We help protect the royal family from local chaos so they will allow us to have bases on their soil for the purpose of protecting the whole region from much greater chaos, right? The Chinese are opportunists, for sure, but I doubt the Bahrain royal family has much belief that the Chinese would play the game the way we have.

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