All Sorts of Things

Random posts on all sorts of things designed to inform and provoke.

Tag Archives: middle-east

Middle East: To Parent or Guide is the Question

A few days ago, I wrote a post recommending the United States use its ever decreasing influence in the Middle East to develop a coalition of regional powers to counter … Continue reading

January 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

Saudi Arabia: Aid to Lebanese Armed Forces Reflects Reduced Confidence in US Policy

Ending 2013 on a high note, the Lebanese Republic (Lebanon) announced that its armed forces would receive a grant of $3 billion from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2014; … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · 5 Comments

Syria: Russia Outmaneuvers the United States but …

Yesterday’s news that the former Soviet Union and Syria had agreed to an off-hand proposal by US Secretary of State John Kerry that Damascus turn over its chemical weapons to … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 4 Comments

Saudi Arabia: The Syria Bombing’s Biggest Benefactor and Beneficiary

Last week, I wrote a post on how it was unclear how Jordan would benefit from the US bombing Syria. Today, I want to focus on the one country that … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dubai: Here We Go Again

A few years ago, when the Arab emirate of Dubai was facing the brunt of the global financial crisis, the government of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum blamed rampant real … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jordan: Unclear how US Bombing would Lessen Threat from Syria

One of the arguments being made by the US administration for intervention in Syria is that it will protect US allies and Syrian neighbors from Damascus and its dangerous agenda. … Continue reading

September 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Syria: Is Washington Preparing for Boots on the Ground or How Assad United the US Military and Al-Qaida

The Obama administration has asked the US Congress to authorize airstrikes on specific Syrian government targets because President Bashar al-Assad’s government “has crossed the redline” and used chemical weapons on … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · 4 Comments