Pincus: Hagel’s verbal assurances for continued U.S. presence in the Middle East come with action

By Walter Pincus, December 12, 2013

Proof that U.S. forces will stay in the Middle East goes beyond Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s assurances at a conference Friday in Bahrain.

For example, Hagel spoke of an initiative with the Gulf Cooperation Council that involved “upgrading our regular air and air defense chiefs’ conference to include missile defense cooperation as a very distinct agenda item. We believe doing so will allow for continued progress in missile defense.”

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