Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm’s way around the world, and for their families, especially those of our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, who have died in defense of American liberty while prosecuting the war with Jihadistan.
Even though Senator Charles Shumer(Dem. NY) doesn't seem to grasp the threat pose by Iran's quest for nuclear arms. He seems to believe that it would be a political disaster for the Republicans if President Bush decided to take out the nuclear facilities in Iran.
Bahrain's Crown Prince, Salmanbia Hamad Isa al-Khlfa, has publicly said that he thinks Iranian leadership is lying about their intention to develop nuclear weapons. ... “While they don’t have the bomb yet, they are developing it, or the capability for it,” he said – the first time one of Iran’s Gulf neighbors effectively has accused it of lying about its nuclear program. The Crown Prince also gave a blunt warning that “the whole region” would be drawn into any military conflict if they are not stopped.
This is a leader of a country dominated by Sunni Muslims, but their government is controlled presently by the Shia Muslims. Unlike their neighbor to the North, Iraq, they are not fighting each other, and they are a wealthy country that is the gateway to the oil rich fields of Saudia Arabia. They also are a major base for the 5th Fleet of the United States, which is stationed there to protect the Straits of Hormuz.
The Straits of Hormuz, between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, is the only waterway available to the Persian Gulf states to transport 20% of the World's oil supply to the open oceans. It is only 21 miles wide and is bordered on the north by Iran. Thus it is a possible "choke-point" if Iran should decide to block it with nuclear tipped missiles.
They are ten minutes by jet or missile from the border of Iran, so when he distrusts the intentions of Mahmond Ahmidinijad, he speaks with first hand experience of living next to a Country that could bring WWIII.
The Government of Bahrain just purchased 2.2 million dollars of Hind and Mi-17e helicopters and T-90 Tanks from Russia. I not sure this is a good thing, since the French were also in the bidding process for these type weapons, and I am sure that American companies would have liked the sale also.
The point is, this small Country of Bahrain Country, takes the threat of Iran more seriously than the senior Democrat Senator from New York, and unfortunately too many running for election in 2008!