America’s much-vaunted checks and balances do not really apply to U.S. foreign policy. That is a big problem.
Prince Mohammed could well prove to be the figure that provides Saudi Arabia with a path to the future. But it is a very big gamble.
Donald Trump has no idea that the principal source of support, financial and ideological, that Salafist terrorists use has Saudi Arabia written all over it.
Two competing visions of ensuring regime survival are battling it out in the Gulf.
Between two bad actors at odds in the Gulf, the U.S. President has volunteered to take sides. Aiding and abetting Saudi Arabia is dangerous.
Qatar makes longer-term investments in religious or ideological factions.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar both support insurgencies, but the Saudis want to enforce a regional order they direct.
Turkey steps into the Qatar fray to protect its turf against the Saudis in the fight over Sunni supremacy.
The policy of side-stepping the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly untenable for non-Arab Muslim nations and China.