Associated press

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta underscored the alliance Tuesday when he landed in Kuwait, a staunch Persian Gulf ally, for consultations. U.S. allies in the region, notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are proxies for the U.S. against Iran.

Associated press Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta underscored the alliance Tuesday when he landed in Kuwait, a staunch Persian Gulf ally, for consultations. U.S. allies in the region, notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are proxies for the U.S. against Iran.