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Saudi intelligence chief responded by failing US Middle East policy

Saudi intelligence chief responded by failing US Middle East policy

The sudden dismissal of Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan from the post of Saudi intelligence leader undoubtedly looks like a very nontrivial event.

The rule “entry is ruble, exit is hundred” for intelligence is unshakable, and therefore it is necessary to try hard to get you fired “of your own will” to nowhere, and that is exactly how Prince Bandar left.

Saudi Arabia is a regional power, its sphere of interests is located in the Middle East, and all its foreign policy is focused on it. Despite the global significance of the kingdom as a global gas station, until recently all of its problems outside the Middle East were its main ally, the United States.

In this sense, Bandar bin Sultan held a unique position in the Saudi elite. He was the main representative and lobbyist of the dynasty in the United States and at the same time its locomotive in regional politics. This unique position was not liked by everyone, but the powerful support of Prince Bandar in the United States (primarily among Republicans and American transnational corporations) provided him with solid protection. That, however, did not interfere with periodically arranging for the sweet Saudi habit of attempting to kill the prince. The latter happened in the 2012 year, after which Bandar was at least half a year in a semi-underground position, without risking the same open lifestyle.

His participation in the Arab spring and in the war against Syria was not hidden. In a sense, he even flaunted his hawkish stance. This, it seems, was the reason for his departure.

An abrupt change in the vector of US policy at the end of 2012, which was forced to focus on Iran, took the Saudi elite off guard and caused its split. The internal contradictions in the dynasties caused by the tough confrontation over the question of succession to the throne were supplemented by the need for new positioning in the region in the light of new realities - Iran is turning out of place into a leading player, and Saudi Arabia is losing a significant part of US support.

The regional security system, based on the endless presence of the States, collapsed. Obama’s unequivocal hints about the need for the United States to exit the Middle East became a reality. Now Saudi Arabia has to solve its own security problems on its own. The split in the dynasty was aggravated by different approaches to solving this vital task.

The party of King Abdullah and his son Mitab, commander of the National Guard, is behind the creation of a regional security system through the unification of the six Arabian monarchies in the likeness of the peninsular EU and NATO. Such an association can almost equally conduct a dialogue with a powerful and industrialized Iran, which quite unequivocally stated its regional complaints after the lifting of sanctions and a substantial strengthening of its position on the “nuclear dossier”.

The position of another group in the Al Saud dynasty, which is grouped around the most powerful Saudi Sudeiri clan, which includes Prince Bandar, is that Saudi Arabia dominates among the Gulf monarchies, and the Iranian problem should be resolved through exhaustion in the regional conflict. The war in Syria thus became the solution to this problem.

As usual, the war had a number of other goals, each of which could suddenly become the main one.

On top of this, Iran literally the other day announced its intention to start a program to withdraw its gas to Europe, and without direct competition with the interests of Russia.

All together forced supporters of a tough confrontation with Iran to launch a new conflict in the region, now in Iraq. The pressure of the Saudi secret services on the leadership of one of the most numerous and aggressive jihadist groups in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, led to the fact that it began the withdrawal of its troops into Iraq. This immediately led to a war that has now erupted in Anbar province. Its intensity is in no way inferior to the Syrian conflict, and only the deliberately poor coverage of the hardest fights of Islamists with the Iraqi army, police and local tribes does not bring them to the tops of the world News.

Chaos in the region has clearly gone beyond the controllable framework, and Washington began to express concern about its growth. However, Prince Bandar, being the “torpedo” of the conflict, is also an instrument of Obama’s political opponents in the United States. They are extremely interested in a series of failures of the current president. The loudest was last year's provocation in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, when Syrian militants used chemical weaponby accusing the Assad government of this.

Obama, forced to respond, very quickly brought the matter to almost direct confrontation with Russia, and only the initiative of President Putin and Minister Lavrov to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons significantly reduced this confrontation. Nevertheless, the situation for Obama was a failure - he could not demonstrate determination, being taken by surprise by a provocation.

Saudi Arabia has become an uncertain factor in American politics, and Prince Bandar is a serious problem for Obama, who in the near future will have to solve the task of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, inherited from Bandar’s personal friend George W. Bush. The solution to the problem of Bandar thus became a crucial point.

Obama’s recent arrival in Riyadh and meeting with King Abdullah in the presence of influential princes of the Crown Council, whose main task is to elect a new king and crown prince, took place too synchronously with the subsequent resignation of Bandar bin Sultan so as not to be a coincidence.

It seems that in exchange for leaving annoying both Obama and King Abdullah the chief of Saudi intelligence, the American president was forced to promise Saudi Arabia help in solving both the external and internal problems of the king. At the same time, members of the Crown Council were needed to present irrefutable evidence of Prince Bandar’s guilt. Guilt from the point of view of the Saudis - that is, playing for the other side. A personal friend of the Bush family is tied up with so many obligations to the Republican elite that it cannot but be “sent by a Cossack” to a Saudi family. Only such behavior can be considered inadmissible by the dynasty, and most likely, evidence of this was presented.
However, the main thing, apparently, will follow a little later. Bandar bin Sultan, although influential, is only human. His removal pursues more serious goals than Obama’s personal revenge for his personal failure in politics last August. Most likely, we are talking about the inconspicuous statement of Iran about its gas program in Europe, which breaks Obama’s plans, and at the same time seriously strains all Arabian monarchs without exception. Prince Bandar with his straightforward strategy became dangerous for everyone, so its elimination became profitable, and his opponents did not fail to take advantage of it.
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  1. hrych
    hrych April 19 2014 07: 14
    Such a beautiful name has a handsome prince, almost Bandera, and he also screwed up.
    1. Validator
      Validator April 19 2014 10: 49
      Yes, the Americans lose in the second series of the division of Ukraine, and the guilt of intelligence is obvious here. The main thing is that for the third series they did not make the right conclusions
    2. Ascetic
      Ascetic April 19 2014 11: 50
      Quote: hrych
      Such a beautiful name has a handsome prince, almost Bandera, and he also screwed up.

      Responsible for threatening Putin with Chechen fighters during the Olympics
      1. hrych
        hrych April 20 2014 11: 15
        Rather, he answered that the threats were on a kind of mouse bunch.
  2. Mihail177
    Mihail177 April 19 2014 07: 29
    One word, all the "Bandera" ftopku ..
    1. StolzSS
      StolzSS April 19 2014 10: 09
      No, submit it to us here to the north. We will knock out indemnity from it for the development of the Kola Peninsula and along the way useful information hehe. Winter is long here and there will be something to do at your leisure hehe heh. So I see in real conversation with this Bendera in the basement with the appropriate equipment hehe angry
      1. kotvov
        kotvov April 19 2014 18: 38
        I don’t think he’ll get there. Yes, and he doesn’t have long to live, he knows a lot. but they need it.
  3. Arkan
    Arkan April 19 2014 07: 47
    The conflict between CA and Iran in its development.
  4. dobrik10
    dobrik10 April 19 2014 07: 49
    Syria broke off with lightning expansion, Iran is gaining economic and political momentum, China is very interested in the Middle East and ours too. All these facts do not allow mattresses and Saudi Arabia to play their card, so they are nervous. The political influence is melting before our eyes ...
  5. atalef
    atalef April 19 2014 08: 12
    In general, the article is not entirely clear, the conclusions are the same, the Prince was removed altogether, he pursued an irreconcilable policy towards Syria and promoted the idea of ​​maximum assistance to bandits, including the most modern weapons, if removed by order of the Washington Regional Committee, then the idea should be that states against escalation of conflict? But on the example of last week, when the banduyks had the most modern ATGMs - of state production - somehow it does not fit with the general development described in the article, further, Iran enters the European gas market - without affecting the interests of Gazprom and not competing --- and this is generally as?
    The article is frankly weak, so emboss the text - it may slip through. Minus hi
  6. buzer
    buzer April 19 2014 08: 43
    it seems that the Saudis will not understand in any way that the US wants to be not just a world leader, but an ABSOLUTE world leader, and they do not even need "regional" leaders !!! No regions, no Muslim, no Christian, not even African !! Everything should revolve around the United States ... and give it a damn about the rivalry between Iran and the SA !!! The Saudis can fire Bandara, they can even spank him, the State Department will find another idiot ...
  7. SRC P-15
    SRC P-15 April 19 2014 09: 03
    Was it not Prince Bandar who threatened Putin with terrorist attacks at the Olympic Games? If so, then I recall the opinion that Putin never forgives threats. Then the resignation of the prince, most likely a multi-step combination of our president! As the saying goes: "What was required to prove!"
  8. SashOK
    SashOK April 19 2014 10: 56
    The tanned agent brilliantly completed the task again :-)
  9. Little Muck
    Little Muck April 19 2014 11: 56
    The failure of the US Middle East policy is not just another failure, it is a regularity.
    I would like for the Saudis, the Europeans, and many others to begin to realize this.
    Otherwise, they and their states will inevitably be forgotten.
    Within a couple of months, everyone will forget about the ex-chief of intelligence (even what they call).
  10. Pesnyadv
    Pesnyadv April 19 2014 12: 38
    It was he who came to Moscow two or three times in person and at first persuaded Putin to surrender Syria.

    And then he began to threaten terrorist attacks and the disruption of the Olympics in Sochi.
    Putin did not wet him in the toilet. am
    BUT literally on the eve of the Olympics in the capital of the Saudis the very hotel burned down. Several foreigners died ... bully
    And now this prince is generally kicked out of the cage ....
    Apparently Putin knew what and to whom to whisper that the King would expel the "untouchable" !!!
    1. askort154
      askort154 April 19 2014 13: 44
      PesnyaDV .... It was he who came to Moscow two or three times in person and first persuaded Putin to surrender Syria.
      And then he began to threaten terrorist attacks and the disruption of the Olympics in Sochi.

      It looks like it was "passed" by the GDP, saying at a "meeting with the people" - ... "We have excellent relations with Saudi Arabia." A day later, Prince Bandar is fired ?!
  11. siberalt
    siberalt April 19 2014 13: 01
    The conclusion is obvious - a Saudi divorce from Obama. laughing
  12. Russian jacket
    Russian jacket April 19 2014 13: 05
    Allah is not a fraer, he sees everything.
  13. sv68
    sv68 April 19 2014 13: 09
    spiders sitting in a bank looking at what is happening in saudi arabia giggle maliciously
  14. Sergey S.
    Sergey S. April 19 2014 13: 39
    This material not only pleases with a positive alleviation of the situation in Syria, but gives cause for thought, but where will the American troops soon reappear?
    It seems that the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, not the desire to get into Arab affairs ... all this is a combination of the available forces in a single fist for the sake of some major cause.
    Is it not for Ukraine ...
  15. mig31
    mig31 April 19 2014 15: 43
    The Saudis and mattresses in the person of Brennon, goof off to the fullest, a lot of money, as in a sauna, relax, hence the impotence ....
  16. Krsk
    Krsk April 19 2014 17: 27
    This is this abdul about the chair of the deal BB offered yes?
  17. denchik1977
    denchik1977 April 19 2014 19: 16
    Prince Bandar should be grateful to the Almighty that he was able to get out of the water "dry" with his head on his shoulders ....
  18. Urri
    Urri April 19 2014 23: 04
    Everything is relatively simple. The old king is about to die, the war for the throne has begun. Bandar is the king’s son from a concubine, the king’s heirs (and it’s real that there are cats in the trash) despise him from his legal wives. They also hate it because Bandar, when he was Saudi money, tried to secure the guarantees of America from the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington to take the throne after the death of the old king. But there was a problem. He lived longer than Bandar expected. Under Bush Jr., Bandar would be guaranteed to be the new king of the Saudis, and under Obama it would not be fate, since Obama grew up among black people and was fed up with impudent impudence towards himself, and now Bandar has nothing else for his soul. And I’m far from certain that the incriminating evidence of the cunning and arrogant candidate for the crown of the old king swearing in the corridors of the White House did not appear to interested heirs after a short time after the Hutspa Bandar during a visit to the Darkest Cimmerian, and was not promptly presented to the king, who, like many in his circle, without hiding for many years, considers Bandar an outright scumbag in terms of the methods used by him in this, not itself, I must say, humane society. Forecast: he knows too much, he has screwed up too much, prevents too many - soon, very soon, body temperature will drop to room temperature.
  19. 1goose3
    1goose3 April 20 2014 20: 51
    ... did his job, must ...! Axiom however! hi