-Homeport of the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain;
-U.S. contractors and U.S. military personnel in Saudi Arabia;
-U.S. military installations in Djibouti, the UAE and Somalia.
Bolton, Pompeo and Trump should be reminded that various groups in the region have retaliated against U.S. policies in the past:
In April 1983, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon was blown up and 63 Embassy staff were killed. Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah claimed responsibility.
-In October 1983, the U.S. Marine and the French military barracks were blown up in Beirut, Lebanon on the same day killing 241 U.S. service personnel and 58 French military. The bombing was traced to Hezbollah.
-In June 1996, 19 Americans were killed when the U.S. Air Force Khobar Towers barracks were blown up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The U.S. government said Iran was responsible and Iran said that al-Qaeda was responsible. In 2006, a U.S. District Court held that Iran and Hezbollah were responsible although Iran had no representation at the trial. ...
- In 2000, the USS Cole blown up in Aden, Yemen with 17 US sailors killed. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility.
Bolton was part of the Bush advisers that orchestrated the lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002-2003 and the lies that the Saddam Hussein's army had thrown babies out of their incubators during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait that triggered President Bush One to bomb Iraqi cities and send an armored force into Iraq in 1991 in Gulf War One. Bolton and his gang demanded that President Clinton have land and air blockades on Iraq. The U.S. blockade caused over 500,000 Iraqi children to die and the 400,000 air strikes on Iraq in the next eight years targeted every important military installation. The events of September 1, 2001, provided Bolton and his Neocon gang the opportunity to push President Bush Two to invade an occupied Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq two years later in 2003.