The Axis of Chaos: U.S., Saudi Arabia, & Iran

Breaking Defense

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When Air Force One touches down at King Khalid International Airport on Wednesday, President Obama will enter a Middle East figuratively as well as literally on fire. In the current revolutionary period, the region is beset by multiple cross-cutting wars, the ongoing disintegration of at least four states (Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen), and the ascendance of familiar foes in the form of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Daesh), and the theocratic mullahs of Iran. When they sit at the negotiating table for what should be a war council between venerable allies, Barack Obama and Saudi King Salman will stare across a vast gulf of distrust and suspicion.

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