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Wed May 16, 2018, 01:43 PM

Dont Let Israel and Saudi Arabia Drag the U.S. Into Another War

Bruce Riedel Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Editor's Note: We have listened to the siren call of war in the Middle East too often in the past. A "New Middle East!" we are told. But the results have been disastrous, writes Bruce Riedel. This piece originally appeared in The Daily Beast.

In Robert Gates’ memoir, Duty, about his years as secretary of defense, he describes a memorable encounter that is relevant to today’s rush to war with Iran.

In July 2007, Gates met with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah at his sumptuous palace in Jeddah and, Gates writes, “I lost my cool.” The evening began with a multi-course banquet in a room the size of six basketball courts with an Olympic size swimming pool in the middle. The ceiling above it was painted to look like the stars. The room had on one side a floor-to-ceiling aquarium 75 feet across and 30 feet high with exotic fish inside, including sharks. I’ve been there myself, it’s impressive.

After the meal, Gates and the king met directly. The king railed against Iran and pushed for a full scale American military assault far beyond just its nuclear facilities. He threatened the Saudis would “go our own way” if Washington did not go to war. Iran, he often told visitors, was the source of the region’s problems and must be dealt with by force.

Gates got angry. The king was “asking the United States to send its sons and daughters into a war with Iran…as if we were mercenaries”—as if American soldiers could be bought by a Middle East potentate or state to do its bidding. “He was asking us to shed American blood, but at no time did he suggest that any Saudi blood might be spilled.” America had two wars already in the region and did not need another. In his recollections, the SecDef says, “I was pretty wound up.”

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Cold Warrior May 2018 #1
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Wed May 16, 2018, 01:52 PM

1. Iraq I, Iraq II, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria

What could go wrong? The US economy cannot survive a peace.

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Wed May 16, 2018, 02:22 PM

2. The 1930s are calling, they want their slogan back

Specifically the German American Bund

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Wed May 16, 2018, 03:11 PM

3. August 18, 2002: Returned that call: Israel To U.S.: Don't Delay Iraq Attack

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Wed May 16, 2018, 03:31 PM

4. I agree. It makes a lot more sense to allow Iran to develop a stockpile of nukes...

a few years down the line and couple them to missiles so they can threaten our nation as well as Europe, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. They could also supply a nuke to a terrorist organization to set off in Washington D.C. or New York City.

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Wed May 16, 2018, 06:16 PM

5. Putie...you'll be fine. We aren't going to attack the USSR....or anyone else

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