A Soviet Arab Alliance – It’s Déjà vu All Over Again

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Vladimir Putin has decided to take the role of leading man in the Middle East. With each passing week Vlad continues to displace Barack “The Shrinking Violet” Obama as the Big Man on Campus amongst Arab nations. And so far, it’s been easy. All he has to do is show up and say, “Hey, Barack won’t take the lead – I’ll do it,” and the nations of the Middle East begin to fall in line.

Arab nations are scared and discouraged. It appears they are willing to accept help from anyone who can aid them against the growing threat of ISIS and other radicals in the region. They must be looking at our weak and feckless Commander in Chief and his “Lead from Behind” strategy with disdain.

How does one lead from behind anyway? Is that not an oxymoron – like honest democrat?

Putin already had Iran and Syria locked up. They’ve been allies of Russia since the Soviet days. Yet this time around Putin’s new pro-Soviet pact may end up with a lot more members than it had during the Cold War era. Thanks to pitiful American leadership, he may lock up so many Middle Eastern nations that he may not only end up as the new Supreme Soviet, but also the Caliph.

After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as the obvious superpowers. Those were the good old days – when the United States was both respected and feared as an actual superpower. read more

Has Obama Inadvertently Brokered a Middle East Alliance

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Back in 2013 the London’s Sunday Times reported that “Israel and Saudi Arabia were working together to bring down Iran’s nuclear activities.’ Clearly, having a mutual interest in stopping the threat of a hegemonic and nuclear Iran has made the two unlikely allies.”

In fact these enemies have aligned before, becoming foul weather allies (albeit indirectly) when necessary, always against a common foe. Today it’s a

Nasser Arrives in Yemen

Nasser Arrives in Yemen

likely nuclear Iran – in the 1960s the common enemy was Egypt under dictator Gamal Abdul Nasser during the Yemen Civil War (1962-1967). In 1964 the Saudis enlisted the help of Israel in flying weapons and supplies, code name Operation Leopard, to the royalist insurgent army in Yemen fighting against 70,000 Egyptian troops and the hegemony of Nasser.

Again the two countries found themselves aligned, this time in 1991, during the first Gulf war as Saddam Hussein lobbed Scud missiles into both countries.

War does make for strange bedfellows. For that, some may call into question Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent and prescient pronouncement that the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy, as hypocritical and just so much theater. But Israel and the Saudis have never become permanent or direct allies and the Israelis have not fought on behalf of the Saudis but only with her own national security interests in mind. read more