March 23, 2015 | Quote

U.S. Boosts Military Presence in Gulf Waters as Iran Deal Inches Closer

Michael Ledeen, an Iran expert and former consultant to the National Security Council (NSC), the State Department, and the Defense Department, said that many of the Gulf countries participating in the exercise are worried about Iran’s moves in the region.

“Most of the [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries are deeply skeptical of American resolve and reliability, and military-to-military relations are enormously important as the Iranian threat becomes more intense,” said Ledeen, a freedom scholar for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). “Yemen, after all, is right there, and Iranian control over that major choke point is a direct threat to GCC control over the major sea routes.”

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