Here’s our question…
Let me just be as clear as possible: this is a potentially disastrous decision. He is going to open the door for Iran to resume its nuclear weapons program and indeed, by effectively spitting in the face of all the parties involved in crafting the deal, he is going to further isolate Washington from the rest of the world.
“we believed it would be easier to deal with other differences with Tehran if we weren’t simultaneously confronting a nuclear regime.”
“Our military is not (at the border) for nothing. We could arrive suddenly one night.”
So all in all, just another Saturday in a world that’s completely falling apart.
“…he severely undercut the prospects for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, making war that much more likely.”
We all knew this was going to be bad, but it was orders of magnitude worse than expected no matter what kind of spin anyone tries to put on it.
“This failure stands in contrast to the experience of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hizballah, which enjoy considerable local support. Both are integrated into the broader Palestinian and Lebanese Shi’a populations of their countries. Hamas is the de facto ruler of Gaza, and Hizballah is part of the Lebanese government. “
“The latest incident, whereby a group of oil-producing Arab nations has cut ties with neighboring energy-exporting country Qatar, is much more than a simple diplomatic spat. Collectively, the countries involved control 29% of global crude oil and 33% of global liquid natural gas exports.”
“I spoke with my wife this morning. She said, ‘Send your savings to me now.’ I am not panicked but my family are scared,” said John Vincent, an air-conditioning repairman from the Philippines.
“Blame the victim.”
You know, I’ve gotta think that people may be underestimating the extent to which the drama between Qatar and Saudi Arabia might eventually end up impacting the OPEC production cuts. Markets seem to vaguely understand the possibility that the rift could have implications for the deal, but it doesn’t look priced in to me. To…
Well, it was a quiet overnight session right up until around 2 a.m. EST when Iran was targeted by simultaneous terror attacks. Gunmen entered Parliament in Tehran and the Imam Khomeini Shrine where one of the attackers detonated a suicide vest. ISIS would later claim responsibility via Amaq. At least 12 people were killed and…
It’s probably safe to say that the early “winner” in the spat between Qatar and the Saudis is Iran. And you know that’s gotta piss Riyadh off because the whole point of this was to punish Doha for adopting a conciliatory stance toward the Iranians and, more generally, to rein in what the Sunni community increasingly views…