WASHPOST: The meltdown in Yemen is pushing the Middle East dangerously closer to the wider regional conflagration many long have feared would arise from the chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring revolts. What began as a peaceful struggle to unseat a Yemeni strongman four years ago and then mutated into civil strife now risks spiraling into a full-blown war between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran over a country that lies at the choke point of one of the world’s major oil supply routes. With negotiators chasing a Tuesday deadline for the framework of a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, it seems unlikely that Iran would immediately respond militarily to this week’s Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, analysts say. But the confrontation has added a new layer of unpredictability — and confusion — to the many, multidimensional conflicts that have turned large swaths of the Middle East into war zones over the past four years, analysts say....
... Not since the 1960s — and perhaps going back even further — has there been a time when so many Arab states and factions were engaged in so many wars, in quite such confusing configurations, said Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “It’s so dangerous,” he said....
... It was the culmination of years of humiliating Iranian expansion throughout the Middle East that has seen Sunni influence shrink at the expense of Iran and its allies, and Saudi interests seemingly abandoned by the United States, said Mustafa Alani of the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center.
“It started with Lebanon, then Syria, then Iraq and now Yemen. It’s like a domino, and Yemen is the first attempt to stop the domino,” he said. “Now there is
an awakening in the region, a counterstrategy, and Yemen is the testing ground. It is not just about Yemen, it is about changing the balance of power in the region.”
Alani blamed the United States and its pursuit of a deal with Iran for the expansion of Iranian influence that triggered the Saudi intervention.ALL THIS IS THE RESULT OF OBAMA'S POLICIES AND ACTIONS:
- HOW HE OUSTED MUBARAK AND HELPED THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD - FOES OF SAUDI ARABIA
- HOW HE HAS ATTACKED ISRAEL FROM THE START, HOW HE TACITLY SUPORTED HAMAS IN THE LAST GAZA WAR, AND HOW HE RECENTLY TRIED TO OUST BIBI
- HOW HE CODDLED ASSAD
- HOW HE FELLATED PUTIN
- HOW HE FELLATED THE IRANIAN AYATOLLAHS
ALL THIS WAS PREDICTED BY THE FOES OF OBAMA IN 2008.
EVEN BUSH SAW IT:
NOTHING WILL GET BETTER UNTIL OBAMA IS NO LONGER POTUS.