|Originally posted by Ken Wittlief:|
what in the world are you talking about?!
The US never based any planes or troops in Israel for any reason. remember something called the Gulf war? Where were US troops stationed?!
We flew B2 bombers from the middle of the US to bomb Afganistan, and we stationed carries in the Persian Gulf.
To say we need Israel as a military base is not based on anything to do with reality.
If the US supports Israel maybe its because a large percent of their citizens came from the US during the last 50 years, they have family and business ties here-
and the simple fact that the US is in agreement with the idea of a free and open democracy, anywhere - and we put our money where out mouth is to help governments that share our ideas and way of life.
Speaks of a US Base in Pakistan used to in the war against Afganastan.
The Us troops were staioned in the water during the Gulf war. And as was demonstrated about a year ago by the yemen bombing, that's really not the best way to go about doing things. Aside from that, Israel was also very involved in the gulf war, although many people may refuse to acknowedlge that (Many of the same people people who feel that Pearl Harbour and "Black Hawk down" are exact representations of the events that occured ).
1) By warning that it would take military measures if any Iraqi troops enter Jordan, Israel, in effect, created a "buffer zone" for the Americans.
2) Israel offered the United States the use of military and hospital facilities. U.S. ships utilized Haifa port shipyard maintenance and support on their way to the gulf.
3) Even in its low-profile mode, Israeli cooperation was extremely valuable: Israel's military intelligence has focused on Iraq much more carefully over the years than has the U.S. intelligence community. Thus, the Israelis were able to provide Washington with detailed tactical intelligence on Iraqi military activities. Defense Secretary Cheney said, for example that the U.S. utilized Israeli information about western Iraq in its search for Scud missile launchers.
During a visit to Israel May 30, 1991, Defense Secretary Cheney said: "We think that the cooperation that we were able to engage in during the war in the Gulf...emphasizes how important the [U.S.-Israel] relationship is and how well it works when put to the test."
Aside from that, Much Israeli equipment was used during the war.
- mine plows that were used to clear paths for allied forces through Iraqi mine fields., Mobile bridges provided by Israel were employed by the U.S. Marine Corps, Night-vision goggles used by U.S. forces were supplied by Israel, etc, etc...
The US knows its good to have a friend close to your enemy. If I remember my history corectly (I may not :P )wasn't that the reason Alaska was purchased?
[This message has been edited by Adrift (edited 01-31-2002).]