A good decision made by the administration: President Obama has both increased the number of Patriot missile defenses in the Middle East and the number of anti-missile ships in the Persian Gulf. After a year or so of trying easygoing diplomacy, it seems that the US has decided to change its tone and put on some real pressure on Iran. Secretary Clinton also has talked to China about sanctions.
Gen. Petraeus discussed the deployment in Washington on Jan. 22. He said that four Middle Eastern countries now have two Patriot missile batteries each.
"Iran is clearly seen as a very serious threat by those on the other side of the gulf front," he said.
An official stated that "the countries are Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain".