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- According to the Times, the Pentagon wants to build up a string of bases, the largest of which would permanently host 500 to 5,000 U.S. personnel.
The system would include four “hubs” — existing bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Djibouti, and Spain — and smaller “spokes” in locations like Niger and Cameroon. These bases would, in turn, feature Special Operations forces ready to move into action quickly for what Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has called “unilateral crisis response” anywhere in the Greater Middle East or Africa. According to unnamed Pentagon officials quoted by the Times, this proposed expansion would cost a mere pittance, just “several million dollars a year.”
That was the moment when President Jimmy Carter first asserted that the United States would secure Middle Eastern oil and natural gas by “any means necessary, including military force.” Designed to prevent Soviet intervention in the Persian Gulf, the Pentagon build-up under Presidents Carter and Ronald Reagan included the creation of installations in Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia.
2. This year, the Republican Party could face a contested presidential nominating convention for the first time since 1976, as Trump, who leads in the hunt for delegates, could conclude the primary season short of 1,237. Trump’s delegate count stands at 678, followed by Cruz at 423 and Kasich at 143. That has attracted extra scrutiny to the rules governing the four-day convention, set to begin July 18. The process is shrouded in confusion.
For instance, many political observers have long assumed that Rule 40(b), approved four years ago by the convention rules committee that met just prior to the convention, was a permanent fixture of the RNC rulebook. The regulation was pushed to block Ron Paul from having his name placed in nomination in Tampa. Paul was well short of delegates and would have lost. But Romney, the presumptive nominee, wanted to avoid the appearance of a divided party.