When the US invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003, I believe that neighboring countries and one of their major arms suppliers- Russia- stood down, at best.
What actions did the USA take to dissuade any actions on the parts of those countries, either to assist Iraq (overtly or covertly) or to opportunistically make other moves deemed undesirable to American interests?
For example, were military assets moved into specific locations well outside of the theater?
I'm actually primarily interested in whether the US sent carrier groups to some place like the Pacific as a "show of force" as part of the preparations for war. Or beefed up troops or materiel in areas near the Russian or Chinese spheres of influence at the time. The preparations for the war itself (coalition building, grooming the populace, getting the media in lock-step and so on) are well-documented but I don't see much on any other preparations.