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Thursday, December 7, 2017
James Mattis and Mohammed Bin Salman: Two (unhinged) Peas in a Pod
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and US Defense Secretary James Mattis are both in denial at their respective regimes’ failures. While not many who analyze events in Syria and the Saudi exploits in the murderous war on Yemen, its attempted isolation of Qatar and threats to Lebanon, would disagree with such a diagnosis, these two power obsessed men seem intent on pushing ahead with their actions that have caused so much damage and chaos across the Middle East.
MBS is a failure at this point in time, but rather than exercise caution, he is throwing it to the wind. He risks being overthrown himself, especially as he has split the Saudi royal establishment down the middle and if he wasn’t facing plots beforehand, he certainly will now.