The U.S. is still licking its financial wounds from the war with Iraq “Operation Iraqi Freedom” or later coined “Operation New Dawn” which ended in 2009. Four years fast forward America is providing support to Turkey under recent NATO agreements to protect Turkey from Syria and their airspace from being used for combat between Iran and Israel. Several U.S. controlled Patriot missiles and 400 troops have been deployed to Turkey this week and additional combat equipment will arrive by sea later this month.
American leaders protecting the peace agreements have stated that an attack against Israel is an attack against the U.S., but Israel had not joined NATO until a few days before Christmas 2012. NATO is an alliance of countries from North America and Europe committed to peace and fulfilling the goals of the North Atlantic Treaty signed on April 4, 1949.
Apparently Turkey held up Israel’s membership due to the idea that it may rustle some Muslim member’s feathers in other countries.
Currently the U.S. is advising Israel on strategies to prevent occupation and secure their borders. Israel was already a step ahead due to prior invasions by Palestinian protestors and African migrants. At this time reinforcements have been made to the entire western fence along Egypt, the Golan Heights and a section near the Golan Druse village of Majdal Shams. The Druse was repaired after the Israeli’s shot and killed several Palestinian protestors that crossed into Israel and the western fences was repaired to protect Israel from militant groups operating in the Sinai in Egypt.
Israel has made enemies with several other countries and of course it has never been a one-way street. Iran has been fighting with Israel for 3,000 years.
VIDEO: Israel and Iran’s 3,000 year long fight
The Iranian back-up military at the northern front has weakened in the recent crossfire and Hezbollah leader in Lebanon sheik Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar Assad stated to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that their troops are too weak to fight Israel.
After longtime Israeli opponents Assad and Nasrallah made this statement the Iranians assembled the jihadists to replace the unstable Syrian army as they moved back from the front line. The Syrian government made an agreement with Israel in 1967 to be peaceful towards each other and to not cross the three boundaries recorded in the Armistice Agreement.
Further reading: Armistice Agreement
Israel is skeptical about U.S. involvement and has made public comments on President Obama’s attempt to look as-if America is participating in the protection of Israel, but is really just delaying efforts by attempting to exhaust all other alternatives.
Were they right?
Senator Rand Paul arrived in Israel Jan. 7, 2013 to deliver the message that America is out of money. He stated that he is interested in the sale and not a grant for military weapons to Israel. Furthermore he expressed that he wants to phase out foreign aid by weaning off support. It compares to a store stating that they ran out of shoes and aren’t buying that brand anymore. Has Obama sent Sen. Paul, probably not. Ironically he arrived during a weekend when the U.S. sent 400 troops and Patriot missiles to Turkey.
At the American forefront Obama has nominated controversial 66 year old, former Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel a former Vietnam War officer to take over the Pentagon position of Secretary of Defense. The Atlantic, Washington editor Steve Clemens stated that “defense contractors that suck up huge amounts of defense spending are pulling levers [to botch Hagel’s nomination].”
Hagel is credited with taking over the privately funded USO organization in 1987 and increasing revenue by eliminating locations that were under-performing or were not located along U.S. military involvement. After his tenure the Israeli Haifa location was closed. He maintains a long relationship sharing drafts of speeches with Admiral Ze’ev Almog former Commander-in-Chief of the Israeli Navy and former head of the Israel Shipyards.
Will Hagel prove to be a competent leader of the U.S. defense, we will have to wait to see if he will ever place a hand on the coveted seated.
During this month the U.S. will be joined by Germany and the Netherlands in the Patriot system to provide military back-up to protect Turkey and Israel. Russia and Iran of the Assad regime are against the move and delivered a public warning that there may be “uncalculated results” and a potential World War III. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran cancelled his pre-planned trip to Turkey before the message.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told IRNA news “the deployment of Patriot missiles will achieve nothing but to provoke and result in being forced into an uncalculated action. Their deployment will be more provocative rather than deterrent.”
Iranian General Hassan Firouzabadi said “The Western countries seeking to deploy the missile batteries on the Turkey-Syria border are devising plans for a world war,” Firouzabadi said. “This is very dangerous for everyone, and even for the future of Europe. A veteran military man and analyst can easily see this and predict the future.”
As for Senator Rand Paul’s curious visit as America’s extended accountant we hope that there were some beneficial outcomes while visiting Israel.
When seeking a second opinion on the condition of Israel during an interview with George Mason College professor Jim Feldkamp, former FBI agent and naval officer in Desert Storm, who has been teaching a course in terrorism for four years, he stated “Israel is a very small country and needs our help. Iran has violated the U.N. sanctions for 30 years and nobody has halted them from taking action. After the Gulf War Libya, Iran, and Saudi Arabia started democracy talks because they realized that the U.S. wasn’t going to stand idle against tough regimes. Taking part in protecting Israel is important to the U.N., NATO and preserving and enforcing existing peace treaties. It forces all countries to reconsider war.”