21st Century Wire says…
“The current charade of international control over Bashar’s chemical arsenal would be funny if it were not so blatantly perfidious. And designed not only to give Mr. Obama an opportunity to back down (from military strikes), but also to help Assad to butcher his people,” said Prince Turki, a member of the Saudi royal family and former director of Saudi intelligence.” (via Reuters)
We’ll see how long Saudi Arabia – a fragile monarchy completely funded by oil revenues who’s own ability to rule its own state constantly hangs by a thread, not to mention completely dependent on ex-special forces mercenary soldiers from the US and UK, can hold up this less than impressive hard man front. Not only is Saudi Arabia completely dependent on the US and its allies to run its infrastructure and operational systems, it also depends on the west militarily. This can only be a blip in relations, but it’s clear from this move that Saudi Arabia actually have larger ambitions in the Middle East, and Syria is one of the bones of contention.
Regardless of the political posturing, however, whatever Saudi does, you can be sure it’s all for a pot of money at the end of the sand storm.
(IMAGE: Saudi’s Bandar is considered the world’s preeminent terror chiefs globally)
Saudi Arabia warns of shift away from U.S. over Syria, Iran
Amena Bakr and Warren Strobel
Upset at President Barack Obama’s policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years.
Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a “major shift” in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria’s civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday.
Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to act effectively against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said.
“The shift away from the U.S. is a major one,” the source close to Saudi policy said. “Saudi doesn’t want to find itself any longer in a situation where it is dependent.”
It was not immediately clear whether the reported statements by Prince Bandar, who was the Saudi ambassador to Washington for 22 years, had the full backing of King Abdullah.
The growing breach between the United States and Saudi Arabia was also on display in Washington, where another senior Saudi prince criticized Obama’s Middle East policies, accusing him of “dithering” on Syria and Israeli-Palestinian peace…