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October 23rd, 2013 - 9:27 am

Let us now take a trip through Araby, the region where Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom once promised we’d be loved and respected again, after the recklessness of the Bush years. We’ll begin at its relatively calm western rim and make our way quickly east.

The Kingdom of Morocco remains relatively western and contentedly calm. It will probably remain so for as long as we continue to pretty much ignore it.

Algeria is probably no more a basketcase than it ever was, thanks in large part to Islamist exhaustion there after being decimated in a long, but kind of low-key, civil war. However, Algiers does continue to aid Iran in keeping the Assad regime afloat in Syria.

The Arab Spring began in Tunisia, the most westernized of all of North Africa, and after some initial scares, westernization is back, and it’s fabulous.

We helped a lot in Libya, which is now pretty much a failed state.

In Egypt we clung to the military strongman before abandoning him, and the country, to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. We supported the Muslim Brotherhood until we didn’t, and they were replaced by a new military strongman in what was really a coup, unless you ask John Kerry. See, we can’t call it a coup without having to eliminate Egypt’s military aid, so in a show of support for the new, non-coup-y regime, Professor Wiggleroom has severely reduced military aid to Cairo. The new military strongman doesn’t seem to want much to do with us.

Jordan remains quiet, which is best for all concerned, especially the Jordanians.

Syria features one of the most brutal and oppressive regimes in the world, fighting for its life against an increasingly Islamist enemy in a vicious civil war. We may or may not be providing weapons to the Islamists, while also providing legitimacy to the Assad regime by making them our partners, along with the Russians, in removing chemical weapons from the country. When not fighting a civil war, Syria is happy to act as a Russo-Iranian client state. For a while there they were merely an Iranian client state, until Wiggleroom invited the Russians back in kind of on accident.

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"The freaking Saudis, facing an existential threat, just broke off relations with their freaking guarantor?"

By the way, what exactly did we get in return for being the Saudi's "guarantor?"

The 1974 oil embargo?

9-11?

Subsidizing hate preachers in the evil madrassas in Pakistan?

Nah. The Saudis are just acting like the enemies they always have been.

The Islamic middle East and the Persian Gulf? Let it burn. Burn baby burn!
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Greetings:

As Fouad Ajami has written, those are the lands of "I against my brother; my brother and I against our cousin; and my cousin, my brother, and I against the stranger" and, believe it or not, the old USofA will always be in that last category.

Islam is the millstone. If your plan doesn't include constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have is a hope.
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that would've rocked and paralyzed Egypt, eventually resulting in Morsi being dragged out and hung in a devastated city in flames.

You say that like it's a bad thing. If we were to actually develop our own natural resources, the middle East would hold zero strategic interest for the U.S. It's time to stop being the worlds Top Cop and let these people work it out them selves. They aren't interested in embracing any form of democracy, they prefer living in a 7th century islamic society. Let them.

What we don't want them to do is immigrate here. They've already caused enough damage here an in Europe.
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25 weeks ago
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The Saudi threats are all about Iran. The Iranian nuclear program and Iran's ally in Syria. The Saudis are so desperate that, according to WikiLeaks, they were willing to secretly let Israeli airplanes fly over Saudi Arabia if Israel decided to try and destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities. I don't say this means that the US has to do it or not stop Israel from doing it, but I think that whatever the US decides, the Saudi stand should be understood, and I'm rather astonished that so many pundits and even so-called experts don't realize how important the Iranian nuclear issue is to the Saudis. It's not just that the US doesn't take the nuclear facilities down, but that it won't let Israel try and do it either. You say the US is the guarantor of the Saudis, but if the US allows their #1 enemy, Iran, to get nukes what kind of a guarantor is it? That's why they said they don't want to be dependent anymore. Because, frankly, none of your allies can depend on you anymore.

The Saudis might want Israel destroyed, but they don't see Israel as a threat, they know all the conspiracy theories in their media are lies because, well, they are the ones who made them up. Iran on the other hand is a REAL threat. That's why they go to such unprecedented lengths right before the deadline. The Iranians are very close now, so the Saudis use all their weight to pressure Washington to stop fooling around. From their point of view the US is both letting Iran get nukes and doesn't take the opportunity to take down Iran's ally in Syria and replace it with a Saudi-supported regime, so from their point of view their supposed guarantor takes the side of their worst enemy against them in every front.

Unfortunately, the Saudis are not the only allies of yours who feel you're taking the side of their enemies, and YOUR enemies to boot. I don't think the US should get involved in Syria, but letting Iran get nukes is a really dangerous blunder. Among the ObamaCare fiasco and the astronomical national debt, Obama will also be remembered as the American president under whose watch Iran became a nuclear power, and we're all going to pay for this legacy.
26 weeks ago
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How about more presidential kowtowing to the Saudis to beg them to reconsider?
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Would it be impolitic to point out that we were once allied with the Soviet Union, a regime guilty of the second greatest mass murder on the planet (behind Mao's Communist China)?

That was necessary, as Fascism was an existential threat. Due largely to our assistance, the Soviets became one as well until we out-performed them economically.

Jihadism is one of the two big existential threats we face now, the other being Communist China (do not delude yourselves). Iran is home to much of the fascist Jihadism being waged against us -- and to be clear, Saudi Arabia is as well, on a lesser scale.

Realpolitik states we should back the Saudis (and pretty much anyone else) against the Iranians until they're defeated, then turn our sights on the nation that gave us Wahhabism and Bin Laden.

Divide et impera. It's worked for thousands of years. It will continue to work. Human nature doesn't change.
26 weeks ago
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The only way Wiggleroom could possibly top this absurd action...

Oh God, do not tempt fate by saying things could not get worse;
Obama is still CINC of our military forces, including the 6th Fleet.
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It is the Saudis that guaranteed US Petro Dollar through their petroleum sales and establishing dollars accounts in NYC and NYSE to create liquid petroleum trading accounts. And as soon as this ridiculous system was created and installed, they turn around and drive the 1973 embargo.
Since 1971, estimates are over 150 Billion spent on Wahhabi schools teaching radical Islam and Sharia implementation, which demands the fall of the USA,
another 20 Billion on worldwide terrorism including the attacks in Mumbai, Supporting Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, etc, and unclear how much of a role they played in the 9/11 attacks in NYC.
So we are supposed to think of them as "allies"...??

Maybe PJM needs to take off the rose colored glasses a few days each week and truly discern the world
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I agree. Saudi Arabia is a bona fide enemy and it always has been. There is absolutely nothing.......NOTHING.......good about that country. Oil is its one and only redeeming quality, and fracking will replace that in a few years.

If anything the Saudis owe US gratitude. I would like to see them demonstrate their gratitude with small demonstrations of fealty. Say 30 or 40 purely precautionary beheadings every week or so of the worst and most radical inmans.
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26 weeks ago
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Most incompetent, worthless, and yes DANGEROUS president eeevvaaaaaah. Sadly, until we demand that we become energy independent and not held hostage by ME oil gangsters (OPEC), we will be in dire jeopardy of an economical crisis should the Saudis cut our supply off; the markets would go batsh!t crazy and opportunistic 'speculators' would drive the price at the pump to $8-10/gal overnight. Sad but true....hell, that's probably our neo-commie's plan. Arm yourselves, acquire six months of provisions, stash some hard cash/gold, and prepare to hunker down for a few months when it all goes to hell. Good luck to us all, and God bless America.

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26 weeks ago
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No, it isn't as bad as all that, though I entirely agree with your first sentence. OPEC CAN'T just stop pumping oil for any length of time, they've got to sell it to someone for their own sake. The US now produces almost as much oil as the Saudis and potentially is now energy independent.

What the Saudis can, and probably will, cut off is the flow of intelligence about the Mideast. That's a serious blow, yet at the same time, the Obama regime has ignored most of the intelligence and insight coming from the Saudis. So the question becomes, how will that hurt us any more than our Idiot King's stupidity already has?
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Stephen,
I read the article you linked at Daily Mail. You are incorrect, the Saudis did not _sever_ ties with the U.S. as you wrote in your column here and as the Daily Mail put in their headline.
Severing ties is a very big deal, and that did not happen. The DM article has all sorts of details about Saudi _unhappiness_ and a Saudi _shift_, for various reasons. But we are still allies, and still in diplomatic contact.

Is this a significant development? Yes. It is also clear however that you (and Daily Mail) have significantly overstated what happened.
26 weeks ago
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My first thought, "Good, it's about time." But seriously? We do their heavy lifting and they are kinda vaguely nice to us. They are not and never have been our friends. Business associates, maybe. We never have adequately delved into their connections with Al-Qaeda and 9/11.
26 weeks ago
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By keeping gas prices low in the 1980s, the Saudis helped Reagan bankrupt the USSR, leading to US victory in the Cold War.

There have been a lot fewer oil embargoes, and lower oil prices, because of the Saudis. They're by no means my favorite people, but we would REALLY miss them if Iran took over.
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The points you mention are why I said they are "kinda vaguely nice to us".
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