If you guessed Iran, then you have been paying attention.
Three Arab states in the Persian Gulf would be willing to allow the Israel Air force to enter their airspace in order to reach Iran in case of an attack on its nuclear facilities, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa reported on Sunday.
According to the report, a diplomat from one of the gulf states visiting Washington on Saturday said the three states, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, have told the United States that they would not object to Israel using their airspace, despite their fear of an Iranian response.
Al-Siyasa further reported that NATO leaders are urging Turkey to open its airspace for an Attack on Iran as well and to also open its airports and borders in case of a ground attack.
According to a British diplomat who spoke to an Al-Siyasa correspondent, Turkey will not repeat the mistake it made in 2003, when it refused to open its airspace to U.S. Air Force overflights en route to attacking Iraq.
One of the less helpful side effects of our lack of success in Iraq is the lessening of our deterrent factor and the consequent inability to pressure bad actors. Iran is the country causing the most trouble in the Middle East right now and we are working to stop them from building nukes as well as their other mischiefs in Iraq and Lebanon. while the possibility of a US armed incursion remains, few think it likely. So what kind of pressure can we bring, or maybe someone else? Recently when Iran greenlit Hezbollah's actions in Lebanon, many Arab countries gave approval, even openly, to Israel's military response. Even they recognize that nuked-up Mullahs can't be a net gain, and are willing to allow whoever can to handle that.
The nice thing about an Israeli wild card, is that now diplomacy has a chance again. As long as there was no credible military threat, there was no reason for the Mullahs to play straight. They have been gaming the system and watching Lil' Kim feed Hans Blix to the sharks and unless they think they might catch a batch of KABOOM, they have shown they will cheat. So now we have those crazy Israelis fighting for survival in the face of the craziest ruling clique in a region stacked to the gills with nuttahs. I don't think anyone doubts that the Israelis would turn much of Iran to rubble or even sheets of glass if they had no other recourse. They have no allies they can trust, but us, and the UN could more accurately be called the Union of whiners blaming their uselessness on the Jooooos. The other countries in the region my not have any love for Israel, but they have very little if any for a nuclear Shia Caliphate rising in Teheran.
Stay tuned this is getting lively. Oh did I mention that things have begun blowing up and a helo got shot down, in Iran. Hmmmmmm.