Muffling the Drums of War in the Middle East


U.S. and Israeli troops train together regularly, but late last year Washington decided to take things up a notch. Austere Challenge 12, a joint exercise first scheduled for May, would send 5,000 U.S. troops to the Holy Land--quintuple the number involved in the previous such exercise. Their mission: coordinating antimissile operations with the Israelis. As a demonstration of solidarity in a changing Middle East, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Then Israel's leaders began quietly threatening to strike Iran. The whisper campaign was so effective in...

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