The Middle East is beginning to resemble a room full of gasoline, with
the Saudis gleefully striking matches. Why is the Trump Administration
backing them up and giving them the
confidence they can get away with it? The Qatar confrontation, US
actions to block link-up of Syrian and Iraqi forces (with ISIS and their
Saudi sponsors the main beneficiaries), and at least indirectly the
Tehran attacks, all proximately reflect the blank military and political
check Trump has given Muhammad bin Salman. This isn't "America first."
By a long shot...