‘US submission to Saudis’ not justifiable: US media
Tehran, Following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, there is a profound need for a fundamental rethink of US policy toward the Middle East, wrote US media on Wednesday.
'It is deeply ironic that continuing US loyalty to the murderous Saudi princes is partially being justified with some instability in the world's oil market. That instability is largely the consequence of the ill-fated US move to impose as many sanctions as possible on Iran,' wrote The Globalist.
'By shutting Iran's access to the global oil market, the Trump administration is trying to get Iran's economy to crater. The hope is for regime change.'
'In contrast to the Saudis, Iran has not sent terrorists to attack the US via a sophisticated mass murder.'
The article added, 'Viewed in a historic light, clinging to the murderous regime of the Saudi princes is tantamount to clinging to the regime of the Shah of Iran in the 1970s.'
It wrote that the US made the same mistake under Franklin D. Roosevelt 'when he allegedly said about Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1939'.
Sticking with Somoza or the Shah, for that matter, was a disastrous miscalculation back then. And it will be proven disastrous now in the Saudi case.
'The Saudi chaos is difficult to understand, but US submission to the Saudis neither makes for a strategy nor does it serve the security interests of the United States.'
Undoubtedly, a US foreign policy that engages with Iran and its Ayatollahs would be complicated to execute. Opposition in the US Congress to such policy-pivot would be virulent.'
Saying that Israel's current government would be furious with that, he said, 'But the worse option is to continue to do what is deemed easy.'
'The rapprochement with Iran should be gradual. Viewed with an open mind, it is incomprehensible how the President of the United States claims that he has fallen in love with Kim Jong-Un, the unstable North Korean dictator, but cannot bring himself to engage with the Iranian leadership.'
While Iran is hostile towards the United States and Israel, its leadership is not insane and it does not possess nuclear weapons. This is unlike Kim Jong-Un, whose nuclear arms can reach US territory, The Globalist wrote.
'This strategy would send a serious message to Saudi Arabia, telling the House of Saud that it is no longer business as usual'.
The pressure would make it infinitely clear that Saudi Arabia must do far more to contain the terrorism that has its roots in the fundamentalist extremism taught by Saudi-funded teachers across the world.'
The website also wrote, 'The United States would re-establish itself within the region as a power broker. By having ties with both Saudi Arabia and Iran, the United States has far more influence on their actions abroad. Any violation of international law would have a price tag attached to it. This is how power politics works.'
'The fact alone that the United States would seek closer relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia's major adversary in the region, would deal a big blow to Saudi ambitions.'
If the strategy does not happen, the United States will, in effect, remain 'a money-driven enabler of Saudi extremism at home and abroad'.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA