Saudi Arabia is emerging as the new Arab superpower

In the past month Saudi Arabia has put together a coalition of 12 countries and launched a massive military campaign, dubbed Decisive Storm, to counter the advances of the Houthi rebels in Yemen and roll back their attempted takeover of the country.

The implications of the Yemeni crisis on Saudi national security, as well as the entire Gulf region, are tremendous. The prospects of an Iranian-backed and allied Shia militia taking over Yemen at the tip of the Arabian peninsula was a clear red line for the Kingdom. With army brigades loyal to former Yemeni Ali Abdullah Saleh joining the Houthis in removing the legitimately elected President Abed Rabbo Hadi from power, and attempting to seize major Sunni urban centres such as Aden and Taiz, the Saudi leadership had no alternative other than to act, and act decisively.

  • WalterBannon

    Is that picture above the latest crop of recruits for Obama’s Department of Homeland Insecurity?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Until Obama firmly lodged his head up his ass, the Saudis leaned on us to get them through their national insecurities. We can therefore thank Obama for causing them to throw away their crutches and assert themselves.

  • k1962

    It’s about time that they fought their own battles.

  • tom_billesley

    Houthi cross-border firing of rockets and mortar rounds hit a Saudi border town yesterday.

  • Hard Little Machine

    By the by Saudi Arabia has a massive ‘security fence’ between it and the somewhat non-defined border with northern Yemen. It has successfully trapped about 150,000 people trying to flee the fighting and enter the Kingdom.

    Somehow the UN, the Arab nations, the EU and western media have no problem with it.

    • tom_billesley

      Low expectations.