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Old May 31st, 2015, 07:11 AM   #1
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What's behind Saudi Arabia's new muscularity

Nice. The Saudis figured out that their wars aren't necessarily US wars, something the Zionists seem to be slowly grasping as well.

You gotta love the “You are either with us or against us" reprise.

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RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA — It happened every night at 7. Life came to a sudden halt in the bustling Saudi capital of Riyadh, and a silence fell across the country. Saudi businessmen, government workers, and families huddled around TVs for an event that had become more gripping than a prime-time soap opera – the nightly military briefing on the Saudi-led bombings in Yemen.

Decked out in military fatigues, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri calmly detailed the airstrikes delivered by the Saudis’ American-sold warplanes, while a fascinated public peered at high-definition maps of Yemen, carefully tracing every hit against the Houthis – the latest perceived proxy of Iran to have come into Saudi Arabia’s cross hairs.

Elsewhere around the country, billboards and banners offered “blessings” for the airstrikes, which marked Saudi Arabia’s first foray into war in nearly a quarter century. Media outlets likened the bombing campaign to the battle of Khozaz – an uprising by Arab tribes against Persian invaders of Yemen more than 1,500 years ago.

The public not only supports Saudi Arabia’s new war, but also its new role as Middle East “policeman,” filling the void left by American reluctance to intervene in the region. “The Arab states that do not stand with us today will regret it tomorrow,” said Mohammed Hamdan, an electrical engineer, as he watched war updates from a cushioned smoking den outside Riyadh. “You are either with us or against us.”

The nationalist pride recently on display is indicative of a bolder, more assertive Saudi Arabia as the desert kingdom tries to expand its geopolitical footprint in the Middle East and around the world. Less than five months after it went through a transition of power from King Abdullah to his brother King Salman, Saudi Arabia is looking beyond its borders to play a more active role as a political and economic power – one that could dramatically affect the strategic balance in a region undergoing the biggest changes in a century.

Riyadh is increasingly flexing its military might, using funded and armed Sunni proxies and now its own fleet of warplanes to contain the growing influence of regional rival Iran. It has recalibrated its oil policies to give it more leverage in foreign capitals, is pushing ahead with a retooling of its workforce to boost its economic clout, and is exerting more control over what’s said from the pulpit to reinforce its new assertiveness.

The shift in Riyadh was also evident this week in King Salman's conspicuous absence at the touted Washington-Arab Gulf summit, a move that was both symbolic and strategic. By deputizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, King Salman placed the spotlight on the first of the third generation of the Saud family to be in line for the throne, a diplomatic passing of the torch. The Saudi monarch also sent a message: the house of Saud will not always be at Washington’s beck and call.

Yet all this change comes amid a host of problems for the new regime. Riyadh’s mounting cold war with Iran – coupled with the endless conflict in Syria, Islamic State’s presence in Iraq, and the escalating violence in Yemen – has enmeshed the country in several simultaneous theaters of war for the first time in history. It faces enduring problems of religious extremism internally and enduring criticism from the West for its repressive human rights practices.

Underneath it all, the question persists: How far will Saudi Arabia go with its new boldness and what does it mean for the region?

“For decades, Saudi Arabia relied too much on its allies, waiting for consensus and green lights rather than proactively protecting its own interests in the region and the world,” says Hani Wafa, analyst and political editor at the Saudi daily Al Riyadh. “We have the political and military capital, and we are ready to use it.”
More: What's behind Saudi Arabia's new muscularity - CSMonitor.com
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I don't see any difference between Iran and Saudi Arabia when it comes to spreading influence. Saudi Arabia has enjoyed a huge advantage over Iran because of sanctions placed on their oil producing competitor. I believe that's the real reason Saudi Arabia does not want to see a nuclear agreement and easing of sanctions.

The author of the article claims that Saudi Arabia is tired of being at the U.S. beckon call. Kind of funny how that line comes out of Saudi Arabia and Israel when a U.S. President comes along and does not bow to their every wish. Interesting how the House of Saud categorizes thousands of American deaths protecting their duplicitous asses as being at our "beckon call". That should speak volumes to any American citizen who is paying attention.
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saudi Arabia sucks camel dongs..
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I don't see any difference between Iran and Saudi Arabia when it comes to spreading influence. Saudi Arabia has enjoyed a huge advantage over Iran because of sanctions placed on their oil producing competitor. I believe that's the real reason Saudi Arabia does not want to see a nuclear agreement and easing of sanctions.

The author of the article claims that Saudi Arabia is tired of being at the U.S. beckon call. Kind of funny how that line comes out of Saudi Arabia and Israel when a U.S. President comes along and does not bow to their every wish. Interesting how the House of Saud categorizes thousands of American deaths protecting their duplicitous asses as being at our "beckon call". That should speak volumes to any American citizen who is paying attention.
Absolutely. We have kissed the House of Saud's bum for decades. Israel's too. Let them lose life and get their nation into debt. And we should STOP the republican congress from filling their own portfolios by giving these nations welfare checks they use to buy weapons the Senators and Representatives have stocks in.
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Absolutely. We have kissed the House of Saud's bum for decades. Israel's too. Let them lose life and get their nation into debt. And we should STOP the republican congress from filling their own portfolios by giving these nations welfare checks they use to buy weapons the Senators and Representatives have stocks in.
so you are against them doing business with the Clintons?
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so you are against them doing business with the Clintons?
They don't "do business" with the Clintons, do they? The Bushs "did business" with them when they financed their oil fields and other companies. The Clinton Foundation is money taken in by donors to help the less fortunate in the world. IT's a Christian concept; something I know right wingers are totally lost at understanding. Nothing in it for "the Clintons". They use their name to get donors.
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so you are against them doing business with the Clintons?
"doing business with the Clinton's" What specifically are you talking about?
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"doing business with the Clinton's" What specifically are you talking about?
3) B E N G H A Z I

2) e-mails

3) Clinton Foundation

The three steaming piles of fail the right is trying to use to discredit Hillary.
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so you are against them doing business with the Clintons?
The Saudis contributed to the Clinton Foundation.

The Bin Laden Company financed George W Bush's "business" career
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They don't "do business" with the Clintons, do they? The Bushs "did business" with them when they financed their oil fields and other companies. The Clinton Foundation is money taken in by donors to help the less fortunate in the world. IT's a Christian concept; something I know right wingers are totally lost at understanding. Nothing in it for "the Clintons". They use their name to get donors.
if you think the Saudis give the Clintons millions to "do good in the world" you are dumber than I previously thought...
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