Originally Posted by suzzer99
While I don't think the Iraq war was justified, I do recognize that in the long run it will probably be a huge boost to our interests to have a "base" and major ally in the region.
Your in a dream world there. We have 200 troops in Iraq and no bases. What the hell are you thinking?
Google is your friend
Bahrain has the 3rd largest USA Naval base in the world. It can handle 2 complete Aircraft carrier groups at the same time.
Qatar has the biggest and best base in the middle east.
These will remain our "friends" forever. They are rich and have no way to defend themselves against their Arab neighbors that would want to take their treasure. By our mere presence, we are the security guards guarding their treasure that cant be replaced.