Bruce Riedel, is a former 30-year CIA official and currently a senior fellow at Israel advocacy group, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute. On January 17, 2013, in a memorendum to president Barack Hussein Obama, Riedel warned him that a possible overthrow of Saudi ‘royals’ would represent a severe setback to America’s domination of the region and provide a dramatic strategic windfall for the Islamic Republic.
“A revolution in Saudi Arabia remains unlikely but, for the first time, due to the Arab Awakenings, it has become possible. The Saudi royal family has unique strengths and legitimacy; the Kingdom was founded in the 18th century as an alliance between the royal family and an austere Islamic preacher whose followers still partner with the House of Saud to govern the state,” wrote Reidel.
Bruce Riedel, who has served four US presidents and is being portrayed as an “expert on Middle Easten affairs” – needs to read Saudi Arabian history from some objective source. Saudi ‘royal’ who have Jewish family roots, has no more legitimacy over the land of Nejd and Hijaz, than the European Jews have over Palestine. Saudi Arabia, like Israel, is a product of British imperialism. The father of King Abdulaziz Al-Saud (1876-1953), a tribal chief, married daughter of Imam Wahhab, a puritan preacher, to establish a broader public support. Al-Saud with the help of British funds and arms, established the Kingdom in 1932.
“Revolutionary change in the Kingdom would be a disaster for American interests across the board. Saudi Arabia is America’s oldest ally in the Middle East, a partnership that dates back to 1945; the overthrow of the monarchy would represent a severe setback to America’s position in the region and provide a dramatic strategic windfall for Iran. The small oilrich monarchies of the Gulf would be endangered, as would the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” wrote Riedel.
Why the US State Department and Zioconservatives conceived Arab Spring would bring a regime change in Riyyadh – is beyond any rational thinking.
However, a democratic regime in Saudi Arabia would certainly be good for the vast majority of Saudi citizens and the neighboring non-monarchies and the rest of the Muslim world – as Saudi ‘royals’ are the major sponsors of Islamic Shia-Sunni sectarian divide which has always benefitted the colonial powers. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia doesn’t pose a military threat to Iran which has become “the most powerful nation in the region,” according to former British foreign secretary Lord David Owen (British daily Mirror, December 1, 2011).
The Godfather of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy is Zionist Jew billionaire Haim Saban, who is also co-owner of Fox TV. The center is directed by Martin S. Indyk, former Jewish US ambassador to Tel Aviv and co-founder of WINEP, a US advocacy group linked to Netanyahu’s Likud party.
Haim Saban is a tireless cheerleader for the Zionist entity and who described himself this way: “I’m a one-issue guy and my issue is Israel“.