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2019-08-12 Arabia
UAE-backed forces expel Saudi-backed troops from Yemeni Presidential Palace
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Posted by Fred 2019-08-12 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6542 views ]  Top

#1 I'm confused, I thought the UAE and the Saudis where allies in this.
Posted by chris 2019-08-12 10:45||   2019-08-12 10:45|| Front Page Top

#2 Indeed. That was my first thought here too. What is going on now? Are the UAE and Saudis really stupid enough to become hostile towards each other when Iran is staring down their throats?
Posted by Vernal Hatrick 2019-08-12 13:43||   2019-08-12 13:43|| Front Page Top

#3 Forget it, Jake. It's Calvinball.
Posted by SteveS 2019-08-12 13:50||   2019-08-12 13:50|| Front Page Top

#4 I'm glad I wasn't the only one confused.

Is this a case of the locals only paying lip service to their notational benefactors?

Otherwise VH is absolutely correct: Saudi and UAE infighting in the face of Iranian aggression would be stupid beyond measure.
Posted by The peanut gallery 2019-08-12 13:57||   2019-08-12 13:57|| Front Page Top

#5 I'm confused, I thought the UAE and the Saudis where allies in this.

The way the US and Britain were allies during WWII. The US wanted the British empire dissolved. Britain did not.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2019-08-12 23:38||   2019-08-12 23:38|| Front Page Top

#6 Note also that all players in government, whether at peace or at war are members of coalitions, which is to say each component has distinct interests. As the dominant partners in these coalitions diverge from the non-negotiable interests of coalition components, the coalitions themselves may fracture. That may be what we're seeing here.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2019-08-12 23:42||   2019-08-12 23:42|| Front Page Top

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