As’ad AbuKhalil looks at Gulf rulers vying to play top host to U.S. interests in the Middle East.
Category: Saudi Arabia
The US Should Get Ready for King Mohammed bin Salman
Riyadh finds it outrageous that American lawmakers are trying to meddle in Saudi Arabia’s succession, writes Giorgio Cafiero.
Behind the Omar Outrage: Suppressed History of 9/11
Trump’s demagogic ploy with the freshman lawmaker raises the more serious question of who and what led to the “Day of Planes,” writes Max Blumenthal.
ANGRY ARAB: Memories and Omissions of the Iraq Wars
The Iraq wars and their consequences have been callous, bipartisan campaigns that have profoundly altered Arabs’ views of the United States, says As’ad AbuKhalil.
Anti-Semitism and Double Standards
Criticizing Israel is considered bad form, writes Daniel Lazare, but keeping mum about Saudi crimes is fine as long as the donations continue to flow.
Royal Wedding Got Triple the Media Coverage of Yemen in 2018
That ratio is symptomatic of negative trends at the major networks, writes Jim Lobe.
The Unwritten Rule Between the US and Hizbullah
The two sides have long agreed to keep their hostilities covert, writes As`ad AbuKhalil, but Israel would like that to change.
Local Forces Who Defeated ISIS in Syria Defend Their Territory
The outcry against Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria reveals an appetite for regional hegemony, writes As’ad AbuKhalil. It also minimizes the capacity of native militia to defend territory for which they fought and died.
The Great Saudi Muddle
Two U.S. Senate resolutions last week have resulted in a ball of confusion, one that tries to distance the U.S, from a murderous Saudi prince while at the same time demanding closer relations with the government he heads.
George H.W. Bush’s Bitter Legacy in the Middle East
The avalanche of funeral hagiography drowned any possible discussion of what Bush did to the Middle East. As’ad AbuKhalil writes that he rallied despots against Iraq and established a new, tyrannical security order in the region.