Iran’s airstrike on Saudi oil sites exposed vulnerabilities around the region.
Weeks after the Middle East seemed on the verge of war, Saudi Arabia and Iran are seeking ways to ease tensions. A warming relationship could have far-reaching consequences.
The small deployment of defensive military hardware is tepid in comparison to some of the remarks leveled by American officials after the Sept. 14 strikes on Saudi oil fields.
The Saudi military could not protect a prized asset — oil installations — from an attack by low-flying cruise missiles that caused a significant spike in crude oil prices.
“We don’t want war,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said. But “we won’t blink to defend our territory,” he added. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Trump wants peace.
The president combines the rhetorical impulses of Bob Dornan with the strategic instincts of Dennis Kucinich.
Time to face reality: The United States doesn’t want to go to war with Iran to protect its Arab allies.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (18 September) there were many options short of war with Iran after US ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a crippling attack on its oil sites that was "unquestionably sponsored" by Tehran.
Saturday’s strike on Saudi Arabia is surrounded by uncertainties. But one thing is clear: The United States needs to be better prepared than the Saudis were.
The secretary of state’s words were the strongest so far from any American official regarding the attack on Saudi oil facilities last weekend.
Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility, but Saudi and American officials have pointed fingers at Iran.
And we must, before it blows up the rest of the Middle East.
Mr. Trump, who has been trying to draw the Iranians into talks, appeared to seek a de-escalation, saying “I know they want to make a deal.”
American officials have blamed Iran for the attacks on Saturday that slashed Saudi production, but the Houthi faction, allied with Iran, claimed responsibility.