US Mid­dle East...

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mem­ber of the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, said on NBC's “Meet the Press” that the crown prince is “ir­ra­tional” and “un­hinged”. Demo­crat Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Adam Schiff who is in line to be­come chair­man of the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee said on ABC's “This Week”: “Any regime that would be in­volved in mur­der­ing a jour­nal­ist in this way, we should not be walk­ing hand-in-hand with.” Saudi Ara­bia also leads a coali­tion of Arab states, in­clud­ing Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE), in an un­nec­es­sary block­ade of the Emi­rate of Qatar. This Saudi stand-off has put un­war­ranted pres­sure on the US-Qatar se­cu­rity al­liance of great im­por­tance to the US. Its mil­i­tary base there has in­cal­cu­la­ble sig­nif­i­cance for all its Mid­dle East mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions. Turkey also has a mil­i­tary base in the coun­try, so that Qatar's se­cu­rity is as­sured. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is un­der in­tense pres­sure from the Amer­i­can pub­lic to end the Ye­men catas­tro­phe, in­clud­ing through pow­er­ful write-ups and im­ages of starv­ing and suf­fer­ing chil­dren in the print and elec­tronic me­dia (The New York Times, The Wash­ing­ton Post, CNN). It has also been sharply crit­i­cized by ac­tivists and mem­bers of Congress for its sup­port of the Saudi-led coali­tion. The new Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has threat­ened to sus­pend arms sales to Saudi Ara­bia, which coun­tries like Ger­many have al­ready done. Trump and his se­nior ad­viser Jared Kush­ner, the Pres­i­dent's son-in-law had placed a heavy re­liance and trust on the allpow­er­ful crown prince for a com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy in the re­gion, with al­most-un­con­di­tional sup­port. It seems that this con­fi­dence was mis­placed. In spite of over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence and the world's ac­cep­tance of it, Trump is still not will­ing to ac­cept the crown prince's cul­pa­bil­ity. This will def­i­nitely af­fect his over­all Mid­dle East strat­egy.

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