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Yahoo! BooksSep 18, 2019
The latest Iran-Saudi flare-up exposes Trump's bankrupt Middle East policy
End support for the war in Yemen, change the relationship with Saudi Arabia, and talk to Iran - the answers for the US are clear ‘While there is growing support to completely change America's Middle East policy US policy remains stuck in a rut.' Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/ReutersThe fact that the United States is up in arms over an attack with no reported casualties on an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia - while at the same time supporting Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen that has killed tens of thousands - tells us everything we need to know about how messed up US priorities in the Middle East are.If anything, the latest round of tensions between the US, Iran and Saudi Arabia - and the debate over whether or not to retaliate militarily against Iran - illustrates the many ways US policy in the region is bankrupt, and how Trump crafts US policy based on the interests of other countries, not America.The years-long struggle for regional influence between Iran and Saudi Arabia and their partners plays out in proxy wars that rip the region apart, such as the current humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. The US has taken Saudi Arabia's side in this regional conflict, in which there is no "good side", and in the process only exacerbated the tensions and violence.Iran is a bad actor, and the United States already takes serious steps to curb its support for terrorism, and to defend Israel. But Trump is making the threat worse by ending the Iran nuclear deal and provoking Iran. We now find ourselves in yet a
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