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Meanwhile, Somewhere in Southwest Asia…

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Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera

Dan Ginsberg, assistant Air Forcer secretary for manpower, somewhere in southwest Asia as the Air Force opened its first Airman and Family Readiness Center in the region last Wednesday.

The Air Force just opened an Airman and Family Readiness Center for the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing somewhere in southwest Asia. But it won’t get any more specific about where it’s based, apparently because the host nation doesn’t want it disclosed.

So much for loyal allies willing to stand up and be counted.

This kind of stuff has gone on for decades. They’ll sell us their oil and embrace the protection our military might offers them, but shy away from connecting the two. While it might be forgiven for a limited period of time, these kinds of games have been going on for decades.

It seems even more ridiculous now that spouses and kids are joining their Air Force dad or mom to live on the base. “With more families joining service members assigned here, there is now a greater need of extended services to support those families,” an Air Force story about the Aug. 29 opening said. Such centers are designed to link military members and their families to a wide variety of programs, including counseling, financial and career guidance, and help for those planning to leave the military and return to civilian life.

Guess those family members will be sworn to secrecy, too.

We apparently expect kids to keep secrets just like former SEALs.

You can imagine them in two or three years, showing friends digital images from their time in Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, or one of the other nations leery of being seen as too close to Washington: “Here we are swimming at the pool,” they’ll say, “at an undisclosed base somewhere in southwest Asia.”

13 comments
iansamry
iansamry

Sadly the we've been subsidizing the defense of dozens of countries around the world based on a Cold War mentality. The citizens of those countries largely hate us and we get little or no benefit from the billions we spend. Sure, its easy and reflexive to fall back to some Neo-Marxist analysis and claim that we maintain these bases to perpetuate some form of modern imperialism. But when you examine our relationship with these countries you don't see client states that we have overwhelming influence over or engage in mercantilisitc trade with. South Korea basically told Obama to screw himself when he went over there and asked for a loosening of tariffs on US goods. Afghanistan just sold all of the rights to its oil to China...

thomas vesely
thomas vesely

we, in australia, are getting/ have got, a  U.S.A.  base in Darwin as of recent.

this makes us complicit in past and future war crimes. 

vietnam, where our ally deployed agent orange against infants.

iraq, where our ally deployed depleted uranium munitions against infants.

and the press  says nothing..............

Khunianb
Khunianb

This is a joke - right?

The US has bases all over the world to serve US imperial interests.

miki801
miki801

My husband served in Korea sixty years ago.  My grandaughter served two tours there FORTY YEARS later.  We still have 25.000 troops there.  The South Korean's economy is doing just fine.  We keep defending such places when they are quite able to pay for that themselves.  We need to quit beating our breast over every threat to safety any where in the world.  However, it is not in our power to settle every regional dispute or land/power grab  We need to cut the dollars spent on  defending nations who may or may not be our friend next time.  Old saying. "I don't know why that man hates me so much, I never did him a favor".

vstillwell
vstillwell

Bring them all back home. Now! Oil isn't worth it. Exxon can go to he!!.

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

The tamped-down information about exact location is probably for the security of the Americans involved as much as anything else. I'm sure that some hot-shot reporter who has nothing to risk will reveal all of the details, though. Anything for a story, right Mark? Can't let WikiLeaks get all of the glory.

lokiii
lokiii

I understand the fact that doing business in the world forces you to deal with unsavory people, but if you don't step up, you shouldn't get a dime of money or protection.

Jennifer Rickert
Jennifer Rickert

If Arabia needs us again to control one of their petty dictators, then they pay for it and we keep it a business arrangement...iphone5Amazing.blogspot.com

surfy6
surfy6

Southwest Asia “the host nation doesn’t want it disclosed”.

They’ll sell us their oil and embrace the protection our military might offers them,

Two things we need to stop providing or curtail.  China will buy their oil and not play nice, kiss their backsides like we do, and the Arabians will never accept the Chinese as military partners.  If Arabia needs us again to control one of their petty dictators, then they pay for it and we keep it a business arrangement.We’re sure not even equal in this partnership, and it’s about time we let the world know, all things said and done, we can make it more of a “they need us more than we’ll ever need them and the headaches that region brings us”.

Nudelmann
Nudelmann

No, no, no. They don't need us to defend them, they're perfectly capable of defending themselves. 

WE PAY THEM to have a base in their country. We use them as a strategic assest in case of war or to send a message to other neighboring countries. Otherwise Russia would pay to have a base in that country.  Seeing them expanding their influence and dominance in the region is something Washington would very much want to avoid. 

Clearly you have no idea how world politics works or why we bases in these countries.

captainkona
captainkona

"then they pay for it and we keep it a business arrangement."

 I understand that rationale, and it's sound from a fiscal standpoint. But ideologically that would make us mercs and that's not good. Perhaps if we called it "sharing the financial burden" I could live with it a little better. :)