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Originally posted by Djarums
To directly answer the question posed in the thread title, absolutely not.
Even the most advanced army in history, even with the number of soldiers involved, would be unable to accomplish this task.
As is, with Afghanistan & Iraq, and our regular deployments we are already spread so thin that our military has trouble providing necessities to the troops. To then spread even further and try to control a region composed of hundreds of millions of people? No chance in hell. An attempt to control the entire region militarily would result in a complete disaster.
Originally posted by drfunk
its misleading saying US forces 'control' these nations. The military presence there is nothing like the levels the soviets had in eastern europe for instance. Or the political control the soviets have. In fact I would go as far to say that Saudi Arabia has more influence on the US than the US has influence on Saudi Arabia
[edit on 2-6-2005 by drfunk]
Originally posted by Omniscient
Peacekeeping is a joke in my mind. It seems kind of hard to keep a country in peace, when there are constant suicide bombings, candidate assassinations, etc. I think they are there for another reason, which many people have said....the oil.
Originally posted by deltaboy
if its oil, well gee u dink America lift sanctions immediately and say comon Saddam my frend lets all go back to business and make profits.
Well, perhaps it's not the same kind of control. I mean we have already gone through two wars in the Middle East, and haven't witnessed any major attacks on ourselves, besides 9/11, which is very questionable
Originally posted by whaaa
Of course we could take the Middle East!! We could take the Outside East if we wanted to. All we would have to do is DRAFT all the super patriot warriors on this site and send them over to fight for oil, camels, and Liberate all the Arabs.