Front page Bahrain-based Gulf Daily News today: The largest air exercise since 1988, involving 10 nations — Bahrain, the United States, plus Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and Pakistan?
Is there so much surplus military money to throw around that now that the Iraq war is over, these large exercises are coming back with a vengeance? Or is there some desire to send messages to countries like Iran that everyone’s ready?
And where’s Iraq in this? Some Arab spring, eh?
[Note: Updated April 9, 2012: The exercise is called “Initial Link.”]