Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fewer Iranian nukes, more dead Arabs

New York Times report on the escalating American military involvement in Yemen, identifying a key reason it got sucked in from the start --

Despite skepticism in Washington about the wisdom of the campaign, the Obama administration threw its support behind the Saudis, in part because it needed support in Riyadh for the nuclear deal it was then negotiating with Iran, a bitter enemy of Saudi Arabia.

The playing down of the costs of the Iran deal in terms of its impact on US policy towards Arab conflicts is one of the big omissions in assessments of the deal. For example, it is never mentioned in the Vox explainer style article on the US role in Yemen.

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