Excerpts from “Saudi Arabia and the US: More military misfires” — my August 13, 2015 op-ed with Stephan Richter for Al Jazeera English.
The Saudi way of handling the crisis in Yemen shows they are following in the US’ footsteps far too closely:
No concept has proven to be as strategically short-sighted as the assumption of military superiority.
It leads powerful nations to give in to the temptation to bomb their way out of a problem – as if anyone could.
While in Washington this lesson is still sinking in, Saudi Arabia, the United States’ major ally in the Gulf region, seems to have learned nothing from the ill-fated US strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The presumed wealth of advantage of the US and Saudi Arabia over Iraq and Yemen does not serve either country well.
This “abundance” tempted them to go for broke – all out attack mode – and continues to delude them into believing they have “won” the battle, while they ignore that the war is being lost.
The US at least had the excuse of being an outsider to the region, the Saudis, who live on the Arabian Peninsula with their Yemeni neighbours, can’t tap into that (weak) excuse.
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