Friday, February 27, 2009

Strange Bedfellows

It's not surprising that President Obama has reversed himself on his promise to pull out of Iraq. Now we're leaving four divisions (roughly 50,000 troops) there.

This is what's going on, for those of you who care. Saudi Arabia is more than a little concerned about a resurgent Iran. Iran has a grand set of plans which call for removing the Saudi monarchy and replacing it with Shiites so they can control Mecca and Medina. The Iranian influence in Lebanon and Gaza is considerable and there have been Shiite riots in Saudi Arabia recently. 

The Saudis played their Oil Card with President Obama - actually Prince Bandar did when he visited this week. There will be a draw down of troops but now we're leaving roughly a corps present in Iran to respond to "regional crisis situations". Essentially that means that the Saudis want some sense that the now Shiite Iraq won't spill south into Kuwait and onto their northern border.  Now B. Hussein Obama is towing the line he criticized the Bush administration for following. 


Opus #6 said...

I had a feeling that reality would come knocking on his door at some point.

WoFat said...

Is there any faint chance that O.B. will discover that this is real life, not an orchestrated ACORN meting?

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