Defending the Gulf States from Iran

(Wall Street Journal) Editorial - We can expect a new round of arms sales to the Gulf. The pace of Arab purchases, up 50% in the last year alone to $18 billion, along with the types of weapons they are buying, says something about their assessment of the threat they face. One idea is to extend U.S. defense guarantees, perhaps including the U.S. nuclear umbrella, to the Gulf. Such guarantees would put the U.S. on the hook for the defense of regimes such as Qatar, which sponsors Hamas and has links to the jihadist Nusrah Front in Syria.

2015-05-13 00:00:00

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