Saudi royal family is very afraid because they've seen the Mubarak government brought down by a US-sponsored colored revolution run by Samantha Powell and Michael McDowell here from the National Security Council in the White House and they're horrified by that.
So you could say that Saudi Arabia is in play and that's the big strategic factor at the present time. At the beginning of June we had a very interesting op-ed here in the Washington Post by Prince Turki al-Faisal saying that if the US blocks the creation of a Palestinian state at the UN General Assembly in September there would be disastrous consequences for US Saudi relations.
The administration has made it fairly clear that it is willing to make a deal to leave behind some troops. But coaxing the fragmented and prickly Iraqi leadership into making the right choice would require subtlety, patience and high-level engagement — like that the Bush administration employed when it negotiated a strategic framework with Iraq before leaving office in 2008, or that Vice President Biden used in helping to broker an agreement on a new Iraqi government last year.So it was startling to hear Defense Secretary Leon Panetta offer, in Baghdad, the following description of his message to Iraqi leaders: “Dammit, make a decision.”(washingtonpost)
US is looking for an excuse to expand its military operations in the troubled South and central Asian regions to secure bases near Russia and China, but economic downfall and financial burden don't let to achieve their great-power ambitions. Al Jazeera explores the financial and human costs of the war in Afghanistan, which have gone up every year over the past five years.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination of the Afghan President's senior adviser in the capital Kabul, along with one of the country's MPs. Local security forces say they've already killed the militants who carried out the attack. The murders come less than a week after Hamid Karzai's half-brother, who ran the south of the country, was gunned down. The Taliban is stepping up its assault on Afghan officials, as NATO combat troops begin to withdraw.