I do not adhere to Patty’s belief that the KSA ”can help to reform Islam” (it can’t, Islam is Islam), but they must, however, continue to act as a buffer/counterbalance to Iranian hegemony…
H/T David Reaboi
The Strategic Role of Saudi Arabia
KSA plays several important roles in this contest. It is the leader of the Gulf States’ naval contributions to keeping the straits open, and is leading the effort in Yemen as well. The conflict in Yemen has been ugly, but neither America nor the free nations of the world can afford to walk away from it. KSA is also central to American efforts to build a kind of NATO in the region, one that unifies allied states such as Jordan and Egypt with the Gulf states. The aim is to establish forces that are trained and equipped alike, and that have compatible systems of command and control. Such a force would be stabilizing to the region, and an effective counter to Iran.
Even if America’s cutting off of KSA merely caused Saudi Arabia withdraw within itself, there would cease to be an effective counter to Iran’s efforts to dominate the region. If KSA were to collapse, Iran’s domination of the region would be the first step in the authoritarian domination of the Middle East and Asia by Russian and Chinese interests.
Those are the stakes of that ugly little war in Yemen, and the mostly invisible contest in the Straits of Hormuz.