For years, Pentagon officials took comfort in the relative stability of Bahrain, which serves as a major base for the U.S. military. But the protests in the country have raised concerns that it will evict U.S. forces — part of a broader pattern that is jeopardizing U.S. basing agreements around the world. Is it time for American officials to reconsider their basing policies?
Like much of the news media covering Bahrain’s uprising, the ruling al-Khalifa monarchy prefers a simpler narrative of Shia against Sunni. But the United States should not buy into this fear.
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