About the way I’ve been looking at it lately, though I am much more doubtful that those ‘super-bases’ would be successful in extending much power, completely dependent on airlifts as they are. I can see a scenario where the forces there end up trapped within the bases.
When the top Democratic candidates start getting national security briefings (do Clinton and Obama have these already, or it is after the primaries? I forget) we’ll see immediately if they’re willing to step away from the oil. Neither will, of course. Even Obama, for all his current bombast, would leave those bases in place, perhaps giving up one for show.