Saudis Snub the General Assembly
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  • Kavanna

    Like Turkey, which has just moved in with the Chinese, so to speak, on antiballistic missile development, snubbing US and the rest of NATO.

    Why is Turkey still in NATO?

    Meanwhile, the same is true, mutatis mutandis, of Israel, which Washington has less and less leverage over.

    The Obama people and the domestic political media here are deluded if they think the policy vacuum (hidden from many Americans by pro-Obama media boosterism) will have no cost.

    • Andrew Allison

      I couldn’t agree more with your last sentence but, having just returned from there, am not so sure about your views of Turkey. With regard to the missile deal with China, it’s not yet signed and could be a ploy to persuade the more costly prospective vendors to sharpen their pencils, i.e., an economic, not political decision.

      It appears to me that the reason that Turkey is still in NATO (despite have been rebuffed by the EU) is that it views itself as a European country surrounded on all sides by non-European threats to its security. The situation there is fraught, and the utter ineptitude of US foreign policy isn’t helping.

      We should, however, perhaps be more concerned about the situation vis–à–vis Israel, a nuclear power which recognizes that if Iran gets the bomb, it will be used. If the US doesn’t act to put an end to this, Israel must, and will.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “They see them as an Iranian ploy to ease UN sanctions while continuing to press toward getting the bomb.”

    This is exactly what the Iranians have been doing for well over a decade. Why should they change a winning strategy, when all they face across the table is the weakest US President ever?

  • Douglas6

    Wait a second. I thought AIPAC dictated US middle eastern policy. You mean the Saudis also have a voice? Who knew?

  • Diggsc

    The only thing the Saudi’s hate more than freedom is Persians.

  • teapartydoc

    This administration, like many before it, does not realize that when you talk to someone about a problem you are making a diplomatic partnership, and with that partnership comes a preset group of behaviors that are expected in the course of that partnership. This leads to limited freedom of action, and a changed relationship with all previous and future partners. Diplomacy is not about making friends, it is about establishing boundaries.

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