Bahrain is no U.S. part­ner

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Maybe S. Rob Sobhani is right that no world leader “will come close to be­ing a truer part­ner of Wash­ing­ton than King Ha­mad” — if be­ing a true part­ner means head­ing a regime that re­spects nei­ther hu­man rights nor the rule of law (“Trump’s Bahrain Mo­ment,” Web, Dec. 11). Ha­mad’s gov­ern­ment ex­pels U.S. diplo­mats who meet the with coun­try’s peace­ful op­po­si­tion, re­fuses to al­low mem­bers of Congress into the coun­try, vil­i­fies Wash­ing­ton’s am­bas­sador to Manama, co­zies up to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and stokes re­gional sec­tar­ian ten­sion that threat­ens U.S. as­sets, in­clud­ing the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

If this is what passes for the be­hav­ior of a “re­li­able and trust­wor­thy” ally (and not that of a shaky, er­ratic despot), Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy is in far more des­per­ate dan­ger than we ever imag­ined.

BRIAN DOOLEY

Di­rec­tor, Hu­man Rights De­fend­ers Hu­man Rights First Wash­ing­ton

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