King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Died at Age 90
By Marion Algier – AskMarion
It was a bad day for the United States and Middle East relations as both the Yemeni President, a U.S. ally, resigned and the powerful Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, another powerful U.S. ally who fought against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including nudging along greater opportunities for women, has died at age 90, on the same day.
More than his hidebound and guarded predecessors, Abdullah assertively threw his oil-rich nation’s weight behind trying to shape the Middle East. His priority was to counter the influence of rival, primarily Shi’ite Iran wherever it tried to make advances.
The Yemini government’s collapse could also plunge Yemen into full-scale civil war. The Houthi rebels are widely considered to be backed by Shiite-majority Iran, although they deny it. Yemen’s population is majority Sunni, and there is a strong separatist movement in the Sunni-dominated south.
The resignations of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his cabinet in Yemen are likely to set off alarms not just in Washington, D.C. but in Sunni Arab capitals, especially in neighboring Saudi Arabia whose future policies are now also uncertain. Saudi Arabia has backed Hadi’s government with billions of dollars and views Iran as its foremost regional rival.
The loss of these two leaders will certainly have a negative impact. Liz Cheney appeared on ‘On the Record’ and spoke with Martha McCallum about the impact of Abdullah’s death.
These events put Iran in the driver’s seat in many situations in the Middle East while the Obama administration appears to think that their negotiations with Iran are effectively stopping Iran from developing a nuclear bomb… Or they at least they want us to believe that.
The loss of these two leaders and U.S. friends in the Middle East will certainly bring challenges for the U.S. as well as for Israel. It certainly will deepen the challenges in fighting al-Qaeda and ISIS for the Big and Little Satan countries, as they call the U.S. and Israel as well for their allies.
Below are videos of the most recent Congressional hearings on Iran sanctions.
On the Kelly File, Megyn Kelly reported there may be enough votes for a veto override on Iran sanctions. The title of the video is one topic that is covered, but also covered is the veto override on sanctions. Governor Huckabee is the guest.
The affects of President Obama’s foreign policy will certainly bring the administration under fire.