The Game of Thrones analogy appears to hold in the complicated politics of the Middle East ….. but with more incest!
I know that you have all heard that old phrase, “Its complicated” before, correct?
Well, in the case of what is going on in Saudi Arabia, which includes the coming war with Lebanon and Iran, it is complicated.
Allow me, if I can, explain it in simple terms.
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King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is 81 years old (ascended the throne in 2012 when his brother died), his time on the throne is almost over. His hand picked heir is Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Mohammad Salman was not originally the first in line for the throne, his brother Muhammad bin Nayef was (due not to age, but which of King Salman’s wives was his mother, Mohammad Salman is actually older), but Nayef did something unreported that cause King Salman to depose him and appoint Mohammad Salman as the new heir apparent on 21 June 2017. The former Crown Prince and heir apparent Muhammad bin Nayef survived four assassination attempts, the 2009 third attempt apparently seriously injured him, not that it was admitted in the press. He has reportedly acquired an addiction to pain medication but none the less commanded the forces of the Saudi Defence forces in the stalemated war against Iran’s surrogate the al Houthi in Yemen. He was also linked to the leaks of the Panama Papers and this did him no favours in maintaining his position as Crown Prince. He was deposed as Crown Prince by the current Defence Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman in mid 2017.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Exactly why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered FBI Director Robert Mueller to make a secret airplane trip to Russia on Sept. 21, 2009, to return a sample of uranium that had been seized in a CIA sting operation in the Republic of Georgia nearly four years earlier remains so shrouded in mystery, the cable revealed by WikiLeaks exposing the clandestine mission demands further investigation.
Particularly troubling in Clinton’s diplomatic cable <https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09STATE85588_a.html> of Aug. 17, 2009, detailing Mueller’s clandestine mission is the detail that appropriate arrangements “need to be made to ensure the transfer of the material is conducted at the airport, plane-side, upon the arrival of the Director’s [Mueller’s] aircraft.”
U.S. intelligence officials have long been worried about the danger of Venezuelan military weapons falling into the hands of criminals or terrorists as the socialist country collapses.
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Reuters <http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-arms-manpads-idUSKBN18I0E9> added some high-octane nightmare fuel on Monday by reporting on military documents that confirm Venezuela has about 5,000 Russian-made shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles in its inventory. That would be substantially more than the roughly 3,800 missiles described in fragmentary shipping records supplied by Russia to the United Nations.
Contrary to multiple reports in both US Main Stream Media and world press, there has been NO major deployment of US naval assets into the Sea of Japan and approaches to the Korean Peninsula. Fake News stories in the US print and electronic media suggested that there were Three US Carrier Strike Group and one Amphibious Ready Group being deployed to the Sea of Japan, to put pressure onto the government of North Korea.
The supposed massive buildup of US naval power around Korea was a totally false report put about by US MSM outlets and has no basis in fact. The USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 carrier strike group left Singapore after a scheduled R&R visit, and is in the Southern end of the 7th Fleet AOR apparently heading for Northern Australian waters for a planned major multi-national exercise that is getting underway. Other major naval assets falsely reported by the MSM as heading for North Korean sea approaches included, the USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76. The USS Ronald Reagan never left its home port of Yokusuka Japan .The other falsely reported Carrier Strike Group headed for Korean waters the USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 which remains just of the California coast carrying out normal scheduled tailored ship’s training. The only other major Naval asset, inside the 7th Fleet AOR off Asia is the USS Makin Island ARG. That ARG is nowhere near Korean waters and is in fact operating SW of the island of Guam.
Maybe it’s because the complexity is difficult to distill; maybe it’s because some just can’t give President Trump any credit; or maybe it’s because the scope is too challenging to comprehend against the constant belittlement meme du jour; regardless of reason, President Trump is fundamentally realigning international geo-political alliances and almost no-one is connecting the dots.
President Trump obviously held a long-ball strategy with the Chinese; he’s described the approach in his books and lived the approach in his business life:
At the outset, position yourself at the furthest oppositional point when it costs you nothing; then leverage inward toward your opponent as they expend their resources to meet your stance.