Postponed Israel-U.S. Drill to be Held in October
The report said that the decision to hold the exercise in October was reached late on Thursday night, after lengthy discussions between defense officials.
The “Austere Challenge 12” drill, which is designed to improve defense systems and cooperation between the U.S. and Israeli forces, was postponed on January 15 for what Israel said was “technical” reasons.
Ma’ariv reporte that the postponement was initiated by Israel and was agreed upon by the Americans. After the drill was postponed, the report said, security officials denied that the postponement was linked to economic reasons and suggested that “at this time of year we should not attract attention and prepare for complex challenges” which lay ahead.
Ma’ariv also noted that in preparation for the drill, U.S. military officers will arrive in Israel next week. About 3,000 U.S. soldiers are expected to arrive in Israel to take part in the large-scale exercise, the report said, and they will be joined by about 2,000 IDF soldiers.
I am not a military person, so don't take my word for it: but nine months needed to prepare a drill planned for days ago? Something is not quite kosher here.
October is almost a year away. That means U.S. troops will be stationed on Israeli soil until then, will even add to their numbers, including officers arriving in the next few days, "to prepare for the drill".
Not to mention the contract for Triple Canopy which is going on till September 2012. Not to mention Dyncorp's steady presence too.
What this means is MASSIVE U.S. troops, both official and off the record, are here to stay through the fall.
So, what are they really here for? Good question, I would say.
Sounds like an invasion to me, but on the other hand let's not forget this too:
If they are here because of Iran, then why wait till October for the 'largest-ever anti-missile exercise"? I thought the Iranian danger was imminent, at least as far as Israel is concerned. Obviously the U.S. and Israel will not do a joint drill against Iran until the fall, on the other hand Israel sees Iran as an imminent danger; and yet massive U.S. troops are here to stay. So why are they staying here, what is their purpose? Is this disinformation? Or are they here "just in case" because of the Strait of Hormuz? Deterrence only? But then why so many? Alternatively, against which other major enemy would they be needed here: for an invasion of Syria? Against Egypt? Or against Am Yisrael, against us???
Your thoughts welcome.