|US test-fires Trident missile in drill with Saudis
By SALAH NASRAWI
The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 31, 2010; 12:11 PM
CAIRO -- The United States test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads during a joint military exercise Wednesday with Saudi Arabia, a Western military official said.
The Trident missile launch was carried out in the kingdom, the official said, but he would not give a precise location. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
The U.S. has been strengthening missile defenses in allied Arab nations in the Gulf to help counter any potential missile strike from Iran.
Looks like we're finally in position to foreclose at least one Iranian retaliatory option given the unlikely event of airstrikes on Iranian facilities. The NorK distraction stunt on the Cheonan seems to have backfired, China is summoning. And we are playing the defection card pretty well. The Iranian and NorK regimes are being boxed-in far more effectively now than back in the "axis of evil" days methinks.