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like word is never offical, its always changing, we were suposed to leave for bahrian 2 weeks ago then it changed to nov 1st, and now i hear were not going... its dumb like the blind leading the blind cause our higher ups, our officers dont know wats going on, even all the way up to our generals, i seriously just get paid to work out all day... its a big waste of tax payers money...
The US and Bahrain secretly extended their defence co-operation agreement in 2002, it has emerged. The pact, which governs the home port of the US navy’s fifth fleet, was extended by five years and now runs until 2016. The extension means Washington will avoid having to renegotiate the deal, which was set to expire next month, while the Middle Eastern kingdom is still cracking down on mainly SHIA pro-democracy activists.
The 10-year defence agreement, inked in 1991 following the first Gulf war, was renewed in October 2001 for 10 years. It was supposed to be due for renewal next month but the Financial Times has learnt that the Bush administration secretly extended the agreement for another five years in 2002, pushing it out until 2016.
The Pentagon said the agreement was classified and declined to confirm any details.
Former officials and analysts expressed surprise, both that the agreement had been extended by five years when it still had nine years to run and that the extension was secret, given that the fact and duration of other defence pacts is public, even if the substance is not.
Vice-Admiral Charles Moore, who was head of the fifth fleet and the navy’s central command in Bahrain until 2002, said the extension was “strange”.
“After we got into 9/11, there was a lot of talk about the long war – there was probably a set of actions to extend our presence at the foreign bases that we had,” he said. “It was probably one of these bureaucratic things – extend the [defence agreements] for as long as you can get them.”
Because it is not a full defence treaty, the agreement did not require approval from Congress, and is therefore not on the public record.
The defense pact allows US access to bases in strategically located Bahrain, home the US Fifth Fleet, and for the United States to preposition its military equipment. It also provides for consultations if any security crisis arises for the Gulf country and for the United States to train Bahrain forces, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Originally posted by Pervius
Bahrain charges the US military a pretty penny every time they drive a truck across their border.
The total amount we've spent driving trucks across their border in the last 25 years would be enough money to plate all the US National Monuments with Gold.
Bahrain ain't stupid. Nor are they poor. They've been swindling you for decades.
Originally posted by steppenwolf86
reply to post by bg_socalif
Bahrain is a major stop over for transport flights, not to mention the headquarters of the 5th fleet. And yes, there is a border, it is connected to Saudi Arabia via a causeway. Since we already have a major base there, why would we want social unrest? What more could a new government possibly give us? What does the US have to gain by inciting a revolution against a government which already allows us to be stationed on their soil?
So what is the issue again?edit on 11-9-2011 by steppenwolf86 because: spelling