Just as the international community embraces the prodigal Iran back into the fold, Saudi Arabia is trying to reverse the return to grace of its nemesis. Intent on protecting its legacy, is there anything the kingdom won’t do to paint Iran as the enemy?
Washington is set to approve a $5.4 billion sale of 600 advanced Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia. More such sales are expected in the coming months, defense analysts say, as Gulf nations react to the Iran nuclear deal by buying US weapons systems.
By endorsing an “idiotic” nuclear deal with Tehran, President Obama is essentially marching Israelis “to the door of the oven,” said Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, bringing Holocaust references to the chorus of Iran critics among US politicians.
US Republicans’ support for Israel over the Iran nuclear deal and has become the overriding Republican issue in the coming months and the next Presidential election, says journalist and political analyst Gareth Porter.
Attempts at humor over bombing huge numbers of people, and inflicting death is increasingly considered acceptable and this has a subtle effect on the population, says David Swanson, blogger and activist, author of ‘War Is A Lie’.
President Barack Obama used his last appearance on the Daily Show to defend the Iran nuclear deal and his other achievements. Host Jon Stewart pointed out that diplomacy might work better than failed US policies of bombing, invasion and regime change.