The Battle for Bahrain and the Future of the Middle East

May 31, 2011  •  From
America is out, Iran is up, and Saudi Arabia is scrambling for new friends.

A massive geopolitical earthquake is shaking the Middle East. For more than six decades, Saudi Arabia has bound itself to America for security. But a series of strategic blunders and missteps in the region has broken Saudi confidence in the United States. Consequently, the Saudis are striking out on their own—cobbling together their own alliance to face off against Iran. That may not sound like such bad news, but it is actually a signal that time is running out for America, Britain, and the tiny nation of Israel.

According to the Washington Post, a split has taken place between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. A string of missteps by America since September 11, its abrupt abandonment of its long-time allies, its “refusal” to completely crack down on Israel, and a new unwillingness to confront Iran, have all conspired to drive America’s special relationship with Saudi Arabia to a new low, says the paper. In short, “Washington has shown itself in recent months to be an unwilling and unreliable partner.”

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