The United States has sent off a message of imminent war with Iran, as it shifts in the largest military base from off Qatar, breaking a 13-year long association with the rich little notorious Arab country.
If Iran was to strike it first, America would be at loss of some very expensive military equipment.
The bases defensive systems include Patriot batteries and other high-end missile defenses. These are essentially designed to combat planes and ballistic missiles that come in fast and from a high altitude, rather than low-flying cruise missiles and drones like those believed to have been used in the attack on the Saudi oil facilities.
Political analysts have reasons to believe that Iran would like to have destroyed the facility, to cripple America and burn down its largest military facility off its boundaries in the middle east. The United States established the Al Udeid Base as a strategic move, to make its military presence felt and seen by its opponents and in favor of its comrades as well.
But with the clouds of war lurking on America’s head, it had reasons to fear that Iran would first strike where it hurts the most. So, the facility was moved overnight to South Carolina. According to Byron Pompa, AFCENT operations director at Al Udeid “It is better to be mobile that fixed to one place, in today’s time. Moving facilities and equipment often could compensate for not having a huge footprint across the region.”
Voicing America’s mindset, he has added that this facility was established to give out a message of ‘deterrence’ and not attack. But because communication channels have diminished between Washington and Tehran, The United States may also plan to turn-off radar from time to time or plan flight routes in a way that it does not give the wrong message out, especially to the closest enemy at hand, Iran.
The general air around the (temporary) shift which is going to see some 800 jobs moved off and 10,000 troops shifted from this facility, that America should be ready with something closer to home and not in the middle east.
It is worth noting that Qatar has already invested itself heavily in the Al Udeid facility in anticipation of using its friendly dynamics with the US when the need arose. It has spent $1.8 billion to renovate the base in the last few years. Right now, its investment seems to have gone down the drain, leaving it to fend for itself, lest it is able to move Iran into its favor through more financial or PR influence, something Qatar is well-known for.
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