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Title: The U.S. Is Staging Troops At A Key Saudi Military Base That It Used During All Previous Middle East Wars
Source: Activist Post
URL Source: https://www.activistpost.com/2019/0 ... previous-middle-east-wars.html
Published: Jul 22, 2019
Author: Michael Snyder
Post Date: 2019-07-23 09:22:15 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 272
Comments: 22

By Michael Snyder

The U.S. military is following many of the exact same patterns that we witnessed during our previous wars in the Middle East, and that even includes setting up shop at a key military base deep in the heart of the Arabian peninsula.

After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S. military abandoned Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia, but now they are back.  Hundreds of U.S. troops are already there working hard to get the base operational, and as you will see below, a tremendous amount of new construction is planned.

The base covers “well over a hundred square miles”, and so it has more than enough room to serve as a central hub for a new Middle East war.  Tensions with Iran have escalated dramatically over the past few weeks, but apparently somebody anticipated that the U.S. would need to use this base even before then, because according to NBC News U.S. troops were already arriving back in June…

In June the U.S. military began moving equipment and hundreds of troops back to a military base in Saudi Arabia that the U.S. deserted more than 15 years ago, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the deployment.

Over the coming weeks the deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, intended to counter the threat from Iran, will grow to include fighter jets and Patriot long-range missile defense systems, the officials said. The Patriots have already arrived at the base and should be operational in mid-July, while the aircraft are expected to arrive in August.

And it turns out that the U.S. military has used this base during all of our previous wars in the Middle East.

For example, according to Air Force Magazine the U.S. military first occupied Prince Sultan Air Base for a few months during Operation Desert Storm…

The US Air Force first occupied the sprawling base in two frantic months from November 1990 to January 1991, then departed. Five years later, USAF and coalition forces moved back into the base. It quickly became a massive facility, home to a state-of-the-art air operations center and serving as the hub for air activity in the region.

Then later on, the base played a key role during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.  The following comes from the Military Times

Starting with the January 1991 air war against Iraq after its invasion of Kuwait the previous summer, the U.S. flew a wide range of aircraft from Prince Sultan air base, originally known as al-Kharj. Supported by an all-American array of creature comforts like fast-food restaurants and swimming pools, U.S. forces there flew and maintained Air Force fighters and other warplanes.

The base also served as a launch pad for the December 1998 bombing of Iraq, code-named Operation Desert Fox, which targeted sites believed to be associated with Iraq’s nuclear and missile programs. In 2001, the base became home to the U.S. military’s main air control organization, known as the Combined Air Operations Center, which orchestrated the air war in Afghanistan until it was relocated in 2003 to al-Udeid air base in Qatar.

But U.S. activity at the base didn’t reach a crescendo until Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.  Here is more from Air Force Magazine

Other delicate negotiations came down to the wire just before the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “We’ve had very productive meetings regarding military cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the event of military action against Iraq,” State Department official Richard Boucher announced Feb. 26, 2003.

That day, newspapers reported that the Saudis granted formal permission for PSAB to be used in the war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Operation Iraqi Freedom began March 19.

Once again, PSAB pulled its weight in the air campaign. Fuel was a metric showing just how far PSAB had come since 1996. Prince Sultan Air Base operated at maximum rates during major combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 19 to May 1, 2003. During that time, the 363rd Fuels Management Flight issued more than one million gallons per day. Officials had previously expanded the fuel storage capacity at Prince Sultan from two million to more than 15 million gallons.

So as you can see, every time the U.S. has decided to go to war in the Middle East, Prince Sultan Air Base has played a leading role.

And now after all this time we have suddenly returned.

This time around, it appears that the U.S. is planning for a very long stay.  According to NBC News, existing roads and runways will be reinforced and expanded, and the U.S. military is even going to “build a medical facility”…

While Prince Sultan Air Base is an active facility, portions of the base will need an upgrade to accommodate the U.S. military, including reinforcing and expanding roads and runways, one U.S. official said. Base housing will also need updating, the official said, and the U.S. will build a medical facility. Many of the U.S. service members deployed there over the past few weeks are engineers preparing the base for the new mission.

Apparently, whoever is in charge of making these sorts of decisions is not very optimistic about peace with Iran.

A tremendous amount of money and effort is required for a project like this, because it is basically the equivalent of putting up a small American city in the middle of nowhere.  The base covers “well over a hundred square miles”, and all the way back in 2002 Wolf Blitzer called it “a little sliver of America in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula”

“By the time the base complex was completed in 1999, it had cost the government of Saudi Arabia more than $1 billion and covered well over a hundred square miles,” found Air Force historian Daniel L. Haulman.

Food was also a priority. Baskin-Robbins ice cream set up shop as did other popular vendors such as Pizza Inn and Burger King. In time, the exchange provided a small haven of food, shopping, and diversion. “It’s a little sliver of America in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula,” enthused CNN’s war correspondent Wolf Blitzer, who visited the base in December 2002 as forces there prepared for intensifying action against Iraq.

I suppose that the Saudis want us to be as comfortable as possible if we are going to fight a war that will greatly benefit them.

After all, the Saudis and the Iranians have been engaged in a proxy war for many years, and so the Saudis would be absolutely thrilled to see the U.S. military bomb the living daylights out of them.

And Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs actually sounds quite eager for the action to start

“Any attack on the freedom of navigation is a violation of international law,” Adel Aljubeir said in a Twitter post.

“Iran must realise its acts of intercepting ships, including most recently the British ship, are completely unacceptable. The world community must take action to deter such behaviour,” he added.

But as I discussed in a previous article, if the American people truly understood what a war against Iran would be like, there would be millions of protesters in Washington D.C. right now trying to stop it from happening.  It would be a horrible, bloody, apocalyptic war that would set the entire Middle East ablaze, and it would set the stage for the sort of nightmare scenarios that I have been relentlessly warning about.

Unfortunately, so far only a very small portion of the U.S. population seems alarmed about any of this.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon is rapidly preparing for war, and Prince Sultan Air Base is now buzzing with U.S. military activity for the very first time since the invasion of Iraq. (1 image)

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#1. To: Deckard, globalist NWO neocons, Trumpkin war mongering, bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran, *Neo-Lib Chickenhawk Wars* (#0)

Prince Sultan Air Base is 100 square miles



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Hondo68  posted on  2019-07-23   9:42:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

Unlike the gulf wars 1 & 2, a land based invasion of Iran would require permission from a bordering country. I tend to think Iraq won't be in the mood to allow the US to use it. Otherwise it would be an amphibious assault which would be quite prone to significant US casualties which I don't think would go over well politically. The marines could quite possibly suffer more fatalities on day one doing that then the US military suffered through the entire Iraq war.

Pinguinite  posted on  2019-07-23   11:08:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

Maybe it's finally time for the Moo weirdbeards to go. About 30 years overdue.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2019-07-24   0:27:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Pinguinite (#2)

We could just nuke the barbarians. They would like it with their virgins and all.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-07-24   6:42:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#0)

The U.S. Is Staging Troops At A Key Saudi Military Base

Why aren't we staging in Israel -- our close friend and strategic partner in the Middle East?

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-24   12:10:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Hank Rearden (#3)

Maybe it's finally time for the Moo weirdbeards to go. About 30 years overdue.

Quite. But the Moo weirdbeards and the islamic revolutionary guards are just about as entrenched as the so-called political parties are in the U.S.

The moo-lahs are at least as corrupt, and if reports are to be believed the moo-lah gov't runs about 40 percent of the economy.

I don't know where this country if going with all this quite honestly, and I'd hope that we would leave it alone. But I have no sympathy with the regime in Iran. Those boys are equally as crooked as are all our friends and adversaries in the region.

randge  posted on  2019-07-24   13:29:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: A K A Stone (#4)

We could just nuke the barbarians. They would like it with their virgins and all.

You've had this pointed out numerous times in the past, but this suggestion is no different from what Muslims would suggest for Christians. Just kill off all non-believers of a one "true" faith.

In advocating this position, you are no better than they are. So are you a Christian or not? Whatever happened to spreading the gospel? Maybe the job requirements for Christianity are too high a bar for you?

I'm just being honest....

Pinguinite  posted on  2019-07-24   13:41:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Pinguinite, Justin Amash 'n Jim Jordan 2020, A K A Stone, *2020 The Likely Suspects* (#7)

the job requirements for Christianity are too high a bar for you?

Yes!



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Hondo68  posted on  2019-07-24   17:06:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: A K A Stone (#4)

Pinguinite  posted on  2019-07-24   17:43:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Pinguinite (#7)

You've had this pointed out numerous times in the past, but this suggestion is no different from what Muslims would suggest for Christians. Just kill off all non-believers of a one "true" faith.

That is a lame thoughtless comment.

When a bunch of weirdos (muslim) start reading an evil book (the Koran) and believing it. Specifically the part about murdering people who don't believe as they do. Any and all thinking people are threatened. They said in their little cult book they want to kill me. So I don't give a shit about them.

Others don't believe as I do and I wish no harm on them. Only on those sworn to kill me and others.

If you can't understand that I can't help you.

It is called self defense.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-07-24   21:43:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: A K A Stone (#10)

If you can't understand that I can't help you.

Well, I guess you can't help me then.

It is called self defense.

It always is.

Pinguinite  posted on  2019-07-24   22:18:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Pinguinite (#11)

I'm peaceful.

Muslims believe a fairy tale about killing everyone.

I don't.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-07-25   7:05:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: misterwhite (#5) (Edited)

Why aren't we staging in Israel -- our close friend and strategic partner in the Middle East?

Several reasons, no doubt

1. Israel is a little short of two hundred square miles of space 2. it is 1500 miles to Tehran 3 would you like to make them more of a target than they are? 4. Keep Isreal out of American wars otherwise Hamas and Hezbollah have an excuse to attack Israel, which would make life very difficult. 5 from Israel you have to cross Jordan and Iraq, not ideal, from Saudi Arabia a marine assault is possible

paraclete  posted on  2019-07-25   9:08:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: paraclete (#13)

Keep Isreal out of American wars ...

Then what the fuck good are they as a "strategic partner"?

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-25   9:26:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: paraclete (#13)

1. Israel is a little short of two hundred square miles of space

Which further makes a statement about the value of Israel as a *strategic* ally. They are only a political ally to the political class.

5 from Israel you have to cross Jordan and Iraq, not ideal,

"Not ideal" is an understatement.

from Saudi Arabia a marine assault is possible

I see a marine assault as an invitation to massive US casualties. The Pentagon may even be opposed to that.

Pinguinite  posted on  2019-07-25   13:06:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Hondo68 (#8)

Did Mueller Forget What's In His Report?

No! Mueller was shocked to find out just yesterday what was in "his" report.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTPPzCXGh6g

It's clear Mueller didn't write this report: Alan Dershowitz

nolu chan  posted on  2019-07-25   13:58:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: nolu chan, Ignoramus from Texas, dumbass Fox Business limey, Alan Douchebag NYC progressive, A K A Stone, Ohio (#16)

Jim Jordan is NOT from Texas dumbasses, he's an Ohio Rep.



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Hondo68  posted on  2019-07-25   14:21:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: misterwhite (#5) (Edited)

We are staging. It's called the Gog Magog War. We are staging it in the exact location of the fallen angels who cannot wait to be freed from the abyss to bring on their bloodsthirsty battle.

goldilucky  posted on  2019-07-25   14:32:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: Hondo68 (#17)

Jim Jordan is NOT from Texas dumbasses, he's an Ohio Rep.

Cheers mate. You do go straight for the capillaries.

nolu chan  posted on  2019-07-25   14:53:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: Pinguinite (#7)

You've had this pointed out numerous times in the past, but this suggestion is no different from what Muslims would suggest for Christians. Just kill off all non-believers of a one "true" faith.

In advocating this position, you are no better than they are. So are you a Christian or not? Whatever happened to spreading the gospel? Maybe the job requirements for Christianity are too high a bar for you?

I'm just being honest....

No,you are just being wrong.

I am probably the last one here that will defend any religion,but Islam isn't a religion. It is a form of government.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-07-25   21:29:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: misterwhite (#14)

Then what the fuck good are they as a "strategic partner"?

"Strategic partner"???

Is that some new way of saying "parasitic dependent"?

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-07-25   21:32:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: A K A Stone (#10)

When a bunch of weirdos (muslim) start reading an evil book (the Koran) and believing it. Specifically the part about murdering people who don't believe as they do. Any and all thinking people are threatened. They said in their little cult book they want to kill me. So I don't give a shit about them.

Others don't believe as I do and I wish no harm on them. Only on those sworn to kill me and others.

Exactly. Perfectly stated.

"Death to America!"??? Fuck you. One crosswise glance in our direction, you all die, and you won't be missed.

And I cared about Iranian citizens up to about two decades ago. They've had a long time to get their shit together; if they don't do it in time, they die too. I really don't give a shit if nutcracking time comes.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2019-07-26   14:07:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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