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  •  And Bahrain depends upon the US Fifth (0+ / 0-)

    fleet for their continued existence as an independent nation.

    How hard would it be to move 5th Fleet HQ to Oman or elsewhere? Given how good US money is, almost anywhere on the Indian Ocean becomes a possibility.

    I'm on a mission! Testing the new site rules.

    by blue aardvark on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 09:10:24 AM PDT

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    •  I mean, it's one thing to laugh about the idea of (1+ / 0-)
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      … James-Bond-movie type villains "conspiring" in a hideout somewhere.

      But it's another thing if you consider the real-world possibilities open to clans structured along the lines of organized crime families and their patriarchs.

      There's a whole league of such family enterprises and their "godfathers" in the form of the Saudis and the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

      And each such family enterprise has absolute control, without pesky critics and dissenters, over an entire sovereign country and its resources (holy sites, military, oil billions).

      Pretty much makes any fictional villain look like a piker.

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ☮ ♥ ☺

      by lotlizard on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 01:43:53 PM PDT

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