I don't think so. The foreigners had to get their assets into place, too.
wasn't unilateral. In fact, it's ironic that you're showing this particular
of ignorance on the topic -- it was precisely because the Saudis allowed
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
that couldn't be airlifted in (like most of the tanks your army uses).
infantry were only brought in when the infrastructure was in place. And
Australian and British ships can't sail any faster than their U.S.
-- they headed for the Gulf months ahead of time, just like the U.S. forces
My recollection is slightly different here Marc: The Airborne Divisions
were the first in. They were there to provide defense against a possible
thrust into Saudi Arabia, and the area around the shipyards so that the
heavy material had a place to stage from.
Beyond that you're right: everybody had to get their equipment there and
sorted out before anything could get started.
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