May 18, 2014
TOOK THEM LONG ENOUGH:
Saudi Arabia Recalibrates (HASSAN HASSAN, MICHAEL WEISS, May 12, 2014, American Interest)
The Obama Administration's torpid response to the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, combined with its comparatively energetic pursuit of a deal with the mullahs at almost any cost, has convinced Riyadh that Washington may in fact be implementing a quiet, unacknowledged policy of détente, if not outright rapprochement, with the Islamic Republic. As Abdullah al-Askar, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the Shoura Council, Saudi Arabia's advisory parliament, told Reuters last October: "I am afraid in case there is something hidden. If America and Iran reach an understanding it may be at the cost of the Arab world and the Gulf States, particularly Saudi Arabia." He spoke in what he insisted was a personal capacity, but was clearly channeling widespread anxiety in King Abdullah's court.Elsewhere, this interoperation has been helped by the President himself, as when he told the New Yorker's David Remnick, in an interview published in early January: "If we were able to get Iran to operate in a responsible fashion--not funding terrorist organizations, not trying to stir up sectarian discontent in other countries, and not developing a nuclear weapon--you could see an equilibrium developing between Sunni, or predominantly Sunni, Gulf states and Iran in which there's competition, perhaps suspicion, but not an active or proxy warfare."
Since 9-11 our policy has been to liberate and strengthen our inherent allies, the millinerian Shi'a, to counter the Salafist enemy. If the Sa'uds want off the hook they need to Reform their religion.
Posted by Orrin Judd at May 18, 2014 11:05 AM