Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

by
Bridget Johnson

Bio

December 19, 2013 - 9:00 am

Saudi Arabia declared that since the Obama administration and Western allies are taking such a “dangerous gamble” with its Iran and Syria policies, they are ready to act along to safeguard the region.

The Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz al Saud, wrote in the New York Times that the normally tight relationships have been tested primarily due to Iran and Syria.

“We believe that many of the West’s policies on both Iran and Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East. This is a dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain silent, and will not stand idly by,” the ambassador wrote.

“While international efforts have been taken to remove the weapons of mass destruction used by the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad, surely the West must see that the regime itself remains the greatest weapon of mass destruction of all? Chemical weapons are but a small cog in Mr. Assad’s killing machine. While he may appear to be going along with every international initiative to end the conflict, his regime will continue to do everything in its power to frustrate any serious solution,” he continued.

“The Assad regime is bolstered by the presence of Iranian forces in Syria. These soldiers did not enter Syria to protect it from a hostile external occupation; they are there to support an evil regime that is hurting and harming the Syrian people. It is a familiar pattern for Iran, which has financed and trained militias in Iraq, Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon and militants in Yemen and Bahrain.”

Instead of confronting the conflagration head-on, the prince said, “some of our Western partners have refused to take much-needed action against them. The West has allowed one regime to survive and the other to continue its program for uranium enrichment, with all the consequent dangers of weaponization.”

“This year’s talks with Iran may dilute the West’s determination to deal with both governments. What price is ‘peace’ though, when it is made with such regimes?”

He stressed that “the foreign policy choices being made in some Western capitals risk the stability of the region and, potentially, the security of the whole Arab world.”

“This means the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has no choice but to become more assertive in international affairs: more determined than ever to stand up for the genuine stability our region so desperately needs…. We showed our preparedness to act independently with our decision to reject a seat on the United Nations Security Council. What point was there in serving in an international talking shop when so many lives are threatened, and so many opportunities for peace and security are being thwarted by the U.N.’s inability to act?”

He also took a swipe at Obama’s tough-talking on Syria.

“This year, for all their talk of ‘red lines,’ when it counted, our partners have seemed all too ready to concede our safety and risk our region’s stability.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
Our founding fathers would turn over in their graves if they heard the word "allies" used to describe the relationship between the United States and despicable and satanic Saudi Arabia. The morally-correct noun to refer to any relationship with such an odious entity is "enemy."

Saudi Arabia has gone much much further than absolutely rejecting every single principle of a legitimate government as espoused by the Founders. No, its gone WAY beyond mere rejection, born out of sheer evil intent. This is a country that forbids women to drive, and threatens, yes THREATENS, anyone advocating for such a right over the internet with capital punishment! Yes beheading! For saying women should drive.

Having a country like that miserable, insufferable, evil hellhole make disparaging remarks about you should be viewed as a resounding compliment.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
In the 8 year period from 1933 to 1941 I am sure many Americans had European fatigue. It was not long after the Great War and nothing seemed to work. Yet we had to fight.

What was the alternative, Britain knocked out, Heavy Water plant intact, America Bomber built ...
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
China expands its geographical domination, Russia writes about our lack of humanity in the NY Times, Syria laughs in our faces on red lines, Egypt collapses in a heap, Israel goes shopping for a real partner and Saudi Arabia tells us that our weakness is making the world less safe.

Here at home, the Propaganda Machine discusses whether St. Nicholas, a Greek Christian, was a black man...and an orthodox Jew, Jesus of Nazareth as well.

Two icons...had they been alive in New York today who would be more likely to be victims of a "knockout" punch than reverence.

The Saudis would like us to distinguish between they, the princes and royal family and those who rammed commercial jets into our national consciousness about evil.

Similarly, there are those of us who would ask our allies around the world to distinguish us from the cabal that currently stole our Constitution.

The world is in peril because we were intentionally weakened. Because we turned our back on our allies and strengthened the communists and radical Islam...the Muslim Brotherhood.

But, lest we forget...those who were complicit in helping to weaken us. Who sat by and allowed us to do all the heavy lifting. Who took us for granted and used us as the world's ATM.

THIS...is the result that comes when hypocrisy and lack of principle guide international decisions. We were envied for our hyperpower. Now, we are disgraced by our hyper-totalitarianism and lawlessness. And weakness.

We have made the world a much more dangerous place and filled the garden with weeds.

But...we had help. Obama's Mirror...doesn't reflect the truth.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (11)
All Comments   (11)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
good

about time the soddies had some skin in the game-let them pay, fight and die
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Our founding fathers would turn over in their graves if they heard the word "allies" used to describe the relationship between the United States and despicable and satanic Saudi Arabia. The morally-correct noun to refer to any relationship with such an odious entity is "enemy."

Saudi Arabia has gone much much further than absolutely rejecting every single principle of a legitimate government as espoused by the Founders. No, its gone WAY beyond mere rejection, born out of sheer evil intent. This is a country that forbids women to drive, and threatens, yes THREATENS, anyone advocating for such a right over the internet with capital punishment! Yes beheading! For saying women should drive.

Having a country like that miserable, insufferable, evil hellhole make disparaging remarks about you should be viewed as a resounding compliment.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
In the 8 year period from 1933 to 1941 I am sure many Americans had European fatigue. It was not long after the Great War and nothing seemed to work. Yet we had to fight.

What was the alternative, Britain knocked out, Heavy Water plant intact, America Bomber built ...
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
A further word or two re "European fatigue".......

Yes, that's true. I'm 82, and [believe it or not] retain vivid memories of what those years did to my family. My mother sent a "Bundle for Britain" around 1940 or so during the "Blitz", and many months later we received a "Thank you" note from the English recipient, doubtless via boat through U-Boat infested shipping lanes. Some years earlier, my father had been a U.S.Army surgeon in France during the First World war, and unsurprisingly, tended somewhat toward isolationism in 1940 and before the Japanese attacked us.
[...overheard during dinner table conversations...]

The the War came, and just before the Normandy invasion the rumors began arriving in America that the British were quipping, "...over fed over paid, over sexed, and over here...".

Then came the Marshall Plan which apparently was the single most important factor in the re-building of all of Europe.

Then, sometime during the 1960's, le grande Charles deGaulle wanted "...all Americans out of France", during the period when deGaulle withdrew France from N.A.T.O. This prompted the then Sec'y Of State Dean Rusk to quip, "Does he mean out of the American cemeteries in France, also?"

Then there were the "Yanks go Home" graffiti on European walls.

So, this cultural clashing "fatigue" is not new. Now, at least for me, it's "Muslim Fatigue", which leads me to my own increasingly isolationist thoughts about containing and isolating all Muslim-controlled "entities" [they're really not "countries" [cf: Sykes-Picot] along roughly the same outlines as we contained the Soviet Russian Empire during the Cold War. Red China was dealt with somewhat separately.

So, now it's this disgusting, dangerous chameleon Obama throwing our world upside down.

We Ameddicans [sic] can be forgiven for any outward signs of "Europe fatigue", "Arab fatigue" and "involvement" - - literally bloody - - "fatigue". There seems to be no end to this bulls**t.

Who is .......really?.....an "ally" of ours?
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
China expands its geographical domination, Russia writes about our lack of humanity in the NY Times, Syria laughs in our faces on red lines, Egypt collapses in a heap, Israel goes shopping for a real partner and Saudi Arabia tells us that our weakness is making the world less safe.

Here at home, the Propaganda Machine discusses whether St. Nicholas, a Greek Christian, was a black man...and an orthodox Jew, Jesus of Nazareth as well.

Two icons...had they been alive in New York today who would be more likely to be victims of a "knockout" punch than reverence.

The Saudis would like us to distinguish between they, the princes and royal family and those who rammed commercial jets into our national consciousness about evil.

Similarly, there are those of us who would ask our allies around the world to distinguish us from the cabal that currently stole our Constitution.

The world is in peril because we were intentionally weakened. Because we turned our back on our allies and strengthened the communists and radical Islam...the Muslim Brotherhood.

But, lest we forget...those who were complicit in helping to weaken us. Who sat by and allowed us to do all the heavy lifting. Who took us for granted and used us as the world's ATM.

THIS...is the result that comes when hypocrisy and lack of principle guide international decisions. We were envied for our hyperpower. Now, we are disgraced by our hyper-totalitarianism and lawlessness. And weakness.

We have made the world a much more dangerous place and filled the garden with weeds.

But...we had help. Obama's Mirror...doesn't reflect the truth.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Yeah.
For years I have said that however much you hate the concept of the U.S. as the world police, consider the alternative. Politics hates a power vacuum as much as nature does, and who do think will step up: Russia? China? The UN? The EU? The OIC? ALBA?
Well, here is the first part of the answer.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
“ they are ready to act alone to safeguard the region”

Is that some sort of a joke?

Saudi Arabia couldn’t fight its way alone out of a wet paper bag. So here are some ideas for this toxic sewer of hate and preeminent violator of human rights in the world to bring the “stability” this medieval gangster satrapy claims it wants:

1). Saudi’s only truly-innovative and exportable product is terrorism i.e., the Muslim world’s rejection of the civilized-world's Geneva Convention’s proscription of attacks against civilians (besides the oil it only happens to sit upon through the accident of geography, and is only an asset because of foreign workers and expertise). Saudi Arabia is manifestly incompetent and impotent at any conventional military activity (hence the helpless and impotent venom it directs at the US right now) Saudi has thousands of ignorant, unemployable and religion-intoxicated young men that could be exported for terrorist attacks against Tehran and Shiite religious sites in Iran, Syria and Iraq. It could also copy primitive Iran’s medieval use of “Human Wave” attacks as demonstrated in the Iran/Iraq war.

2). Saudi Arabia professes genuine solidarity with the “victims” of the Syrian civil war. Although it’s indistinguishable from the many other historical instances of fratricidal and genocidal Muslim-on-Muslim slaughter that regularly occur everywhere in the world, Saudi Arabia could immediately open its borders as sanctuary for those refugees, and feed and clothe them with their massive oil revenues. For the price of 10 or 20 used Ferrari F-40s and Lamborghini Diablos – which Saudi Arabia owns thousands of – most of the population of Syria could move to Saudi Arabia and bask in the warm solidarity recently expressed.

So instead of loudly yelling about the wrongdoing of the United States, it seems obvious that Saudi Arabia needs to use the tools it has at hand.

(show less)
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
One can only speculate on how fast Saudi Arabia 'went shopping'. I'm wondering if they'll buy their nuclear needs from China or Russia. If your neighbor buys a big hand cannon and tells you they're going to shoot you what do you do? Get a bigger gun of course.

Think Japan isn't also thinking along these lines? O'Zero has (knowingly or not) caused an upsurge in countries thinking they need something to ward off an increasingly belligerent China Iran and Russia.



43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Look at the pic. Despicable. Bowing to a King?

The look on the face of the house of Saud says it all...

"Hey Barry, while your down there..."
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
I think our country has Middle East foreign policy fatigue. Well, I can't speak for the whole country. I have Middle East foreign policy fatigue. Nothing we try seems to work. It's like intervening in someone else's family argument and for some reason, they keep asking for your opinion but nothing you say is right and you're not allowed to leave, either. OK, that's not quite fair.

In any case, do whatcha gotta do, Saudis.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
In the 8 year period from 1933 to 1941 I am sure many Americans had European fatigue. It was not long after the Great War and nothing seemed to work. Yet we had to fight.

What was the alternative? Britain knocked out, Heavy Water plant intact, America Bomber built ...
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
View All