Weak leaders do not command respect either from their enemies nor from their own people. Actually a country which supports its leaders unequivocally as Americans did after 9/11 is a strong one. Whatever Georgie Porgie could dole out to strike back at the radicals was O.K. with Americans. Now it seems he has his back against the wall. Instead of finding a way to fix Iraq and the region he is looking for another war with the next neighborhood bully. It seems that the moderates in the Middle East are petrified of radicalism and what it could and is bringing in with it. It could be that the Saudis are running out of enough cash to bribe the radicals and keep them away. it seems that they are afraid of the radicals more than anyone else and they control the oil flow for now. That is why there is interest in the Saudi initiative. But who will guarantee it and its outcome if all sides follow through??? Who will prevent the radicals from taking the next steps to finish the job undone in 48??
U.S. sanctions Russia's state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport (Reuters)
from the article: The optimist and the pessimist