Category Archives: Saudi Arabia

Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement Orchestrated by China – TTG

Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN  — Saudi Arabia and Iran announced on Friday that they had agreed to reestablish diplomatic ties after seven years of hostility, in a deal between the regional archrivals that could have wide-ranging implications for the Middle East. … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia – a family holding company, not a friend. Republished 13 October 2022

  I speak fluent Arabic.  I was the first professor of the Arabic Language and Middle East Studies at West Point where I was twice judged best classroom teacher and was offered permanent tenure which I declined not wishing to … Continue reading

Posted in As The Borg Turns, Israel, Middle East, Policy, Saudi Arabia | 73 Comments

Saudi Arabia is not our friend (nor anyone else’s) Get it? – Republished 13 October, 2022

“Foreign affairs experts gave President Joe Biden’s first Middle East trip a failing grade, charging that Biden was unable to accomplish any of his three primary goals: resetting ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, lowering gas prices by securing … Continue reading

Posted in As The Borg Turns, Current Affairs, Iran, Middle East, Religion, Saudi Arabia | 28 Comments

“Biden’s Israel, Saudi Arabia Trips Postponed Until July”

“President Joe Biden’s trips to Saudi Arabia and Israel that had been planned for later this month have been postponed until at least July, but dates have not yet been confirmed, according to administration officials. “We are working on a trip to … Continue reading

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The Biden Doctrine in Action – Part 1

Comment: To say that the Saudi Wahhabi regime is annoyed about this would be an understatement. Yemeni Ansar Allah (the Houthis) have demonstrated an ability to hit targets with sufficient accuracy in eastern Saudi Barbaria to be a serious threat. … Continue reading

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The Saudi Government is an illusion.

“The FBI has released a newly declassified document that looks into connections between Saudi citizens in the US and two of the 9/11 attackers. Relatives of victims have long urged the release of the files, arguing Saudi officials had advance … Continue reading

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While it is certainly a good thing that President Biden signed a recent Executive Order mandating a speedy declassification of the thousands of pages of FBI files on Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks, the other side … Continue reading

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Deterrent Balance 7

“Operation Deterrent Balance 7 is the most recent in a series of large-scale missile and drone attacks by the Houthis against Saudi Arabia. Operation Deterrent Balance 1 targeted the Shaybah super-giant oil field in southeast Saudi Arabia on August 17 of … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Military Art, weapons, Yemen | 12 Comments

Peace (of a sort) is coming in Yemen

Comment: Well, Pilgrims, Liz Cheney will be sorely disappointed. Imagine! An outbreak of peace in the world! Imagine. pl

Posted in Borg Wars, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Yemen | 1 Comment

Gone with the wind?

Comment: Well, Pilgrim Turcopoles, “Yemen” as a nation state was always a bit of a fantasy, an illusion fostered by students of geopolitics and foreign diplomats. The SW corner of the Arabian peninsula is thought of in the Arab lands … Continue reading

Posted in Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Yemen | 8 Comments