To my understanding, Saudia Arabia is the next most Islamist state around next to Iraq now. They seem to be the most strict observers.


At 10:23 AM 11/09/2002 -0700, you wrote:

I don't think so. The foreigners had to get their assets into place, too. It
wasn't unilateral. In fact, it's ironic that you're showing this particular kind
of ignorance on the topic -- it was precisely because the Saudis allowed foreign,
non-Moslem soldiers on its soil that set bin Laden off. You started off
politically, first with the Saudis, to get permission to move some of the things
that couldn't be airlifted in (like most of the tanks your army uses). Light
infantry were only brought in when the infrastructure was in place. And Canadian,
Australian and British ships can't sail any faster than their U.S. counterparts
-- they headed for the Gulf months ahead of time, just like the U.S. forces did.

Jon Spencer wrote:

> Marc, that's great! You can now go to those books and read how we put
> people into the area immediately, and then built up our forces unilaterally
> over a several month period before ever establishing an international
> coalition. Now just as then, we had some instant allies such as the British
> Commonwealth. However, the rant and rave that I hear from the left is that
> that is not an international coalition.
> Well, now we seem to be gaining one. Just like then.
> After you refresh your recollections, you can thank me for helping restore
> your memory! :-)
> Jon
> Marc A. Schindler wrote:
> Jon Spencer wrote:
> >
> > By the way, to offset all the history revisionists, if you remember, under
> > Bush 41 we acted FIRST, and then built a coalition, not the other way
> > around. Does anyone need the history lesson, or do you remember now?
> (Dan,
> > I'm not saying you said this, it just popped into my mind as a result of
> > this post.)
> >
> Really? Then how did all those British, Canadian, Australian, Egyptian,
> Saudi,
> Omani, UAE-ese, Turkish, French, lessee...., Qatari, Yemeni troops, planes,
> and
> ships get there along with the US forces? Do you know who the Commander in
> Chief
> of Desert Storm was? I have the whole order of battle on my bookshelf.
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