On Dec. 15, Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former Saudi intelligence chief, drew a harsh portrait of American weakness, unreliability and poor judgment in the Middle East. His speech was likely cheered as vigorously in Jerusalem as it was in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Although neither side will say so publicly, these Middle Eastern rivals seem to agree more with each other than with Washington these days.
Israel and the Gulf states share a deep suspicion about the interim nuclear deal with Iran. Both tend to believe that the United States has lost influence in the Middle East and abandoned its willingness to use force.… Seguir leyendo »