Back in 2006, I stated the following:
Last year we stated that Iran’s greater objective than wiping Israel off of the map was to take control of both sides of the Persian Gulf, which would include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the other Gulf states. Such an assesment was and is a minority view, both by those who support Israel (the evangelicals) and Americans who would as soon see Israel wiped off of the map themselves (James Baker.)
It looks like this is in point of fact the case, and that Saudi Arabia has no intention of allowing this to happen. This explains their support of the Sunnis in Iraq and the Christians and other non-Shi’a groups in Lebanon. The Sunni-Shi’a divide is not only religious but geopolitical.
This kind of thing does in fact screw up a lot of people’s plans for the Middle East. It makes the Islamicists job impossible because it calls into question who in fact is the real leader of Islam (and that is the central problem of Islamic politics.) Oil people dislike the endless instability of their product’s supply. And those who are looking for democracy in the Middle East can’t handle the fact that holding power is like winning to Vince Lombardi: it isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. Democracy and representative government are real nuisances to power holding, something the U.S. will find out the hard way if it ever elects Hillary Clinton as President.
Making her Secretary of State didn’t help either…
Arab rulers secretly lobbied the US to launch air strikes to destroy Iran’s nuclear programme, leaked US diplomatic messages reveal…
The most striking of the initial disclosures is that Arab leaders have been privately urging the US to take military action to halt Iran’s nuclear programme before it is too late.
The King of Bahrain was quoted as telling US diplomats that Tehran’s nuclear drive “must be stopped”.
He was said to have been backed by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who was said to have repeatedly urged Washington to “cut off the head of the snake” while there was still time.
The cables are said to include a US assessment that Iran has obtained advanced missiles from North Korea that could enable it to strike Western European capitals and Moscow.
As David “Spengler” Goldman has dryly observed, “…From the first batch of headlines there is little in WikiLeaks’ 250,000 classified diplomatic cables that a curious surfer would not have known from the Internet.” But there are few really “curious” surfers on the Internet in this country, only delusional ones who cannot bear to see their idea sidetracked by reality. And that runs from top to bottom, as I also noted four years ago.