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This is one of those good news/bad news stories.
Here’s the good. The U.S. has deployed two carrier strike groups and a Marine force to the Gulf region. That’s a tremendous amount of very versatile, capable, and lethal power. This is sufficient force to conduct a sustained air campaign and to prevent or respond to attacks on Americans—e.g., the 2012 assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, dead.
The U.S. doesn’t have a large footprint in Israel and surrounding countries. Its citizens and diplomatic and military facilities are dispersed throughout the region. Any of these could be targets as Hamas, its supporters, and Iran stir up anti-Americanism as part of their war on Israel. Already, Iranian surrogates have launched dozens of attacks on U.S. military posts in Iraq and Syria—a campaign no doubt orchestrated by the IRGC.
It is prudent to have capacity in the region to protect and assist all these Americans.
Here’s the bad news. Biden isn’t using these forces in the right way at all. His policy is to do the minimum possible