Deterrence and Iran. Secrecy Gets in the Way

Another example of insane secrecy regarding U.S. military bases in the Middle East: The Air Force has a little promotional news piece about an Army air defense Patriot 2 (PAC-2) unit deployed to … well that exactly the point, deployed to somewhere in “Southwest Asia,” ready to intercept enemy missiles (that would be Iran) and yet it can’t or doesn’t say what base the unit is (or the missiles) are deployed to.

I know some of you will say that’s good, that we shouldn’t tell the enemy where our military forces are, but in this day and age, this generalization is archaic and self-defeating.  If we’re hoping to “deter” Iran from firing missiles at military bases, isn’t the very basis making it clear to Tehran that it has nothing to gain?


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