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Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Kingdom's former chief of intelligence and ambassador to Washington.

A Saudi prince’s reaction to the nuclear agreement with Iran makes last week’s White House’s rosy spin of official reaction by Saudi Arabia to “ObamaDeal” look like an act that should never have gone on stage.

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former Ambassador to the United States, warned that the nuclear agreement with Iran “will wreak havoc in the Middle East” and that Gulf Powers are willing to attack Iranian nuclear sites, even if the United States is not interested.

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One of King Salman’s first actions after taking the throne earlier this year was to yank Prince Bandar off the National Security Council, but he still is an advisor and an important voice, one that totally contradicts what President Barack Obama would like people to believe about Riyadh’s reaction the nuclear agreement.

White House Press Secretary, after a meeting between Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir and President Obama, glossed over Saudi skepticism of ObamaDeal and blah-blahed “about the important bilateral relationship that exists between the United States and Saudi Arabia.”

Believe that and then believe that President Obama has “an unbreakable bond with Israel.”

Prince Bandar’s comments to Beirut Daily Star and also reported by the Times of London were the first public criticism from Saudi Arabia, and he was straight to the point.

He warned that ObamaDeal will “wreak havoc” and then bluntly asserted:

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf powers are prepared to take military action without American support after the Iran nuclear deal

Prince Bandar is not a small voice. He was ambassador to Washington for 20 years, and MRC TV noted that it is unlikely that he would have conducted a major newspaper interview without King Salman’s blessing.
The prince’s view of the Obama administration sounds like Israel’s when it comes to relying on the United States.

“People in my region now are relying on God’s will, and consolidating their local capabilities and analysis with everybody else except our oldest and most powerful ally,” Prince Bandar told the Beirut newspaper.

He was even more candid in an article he wrote for the London-based Arabic news Web site Elaph, where he compared ObamaDeal with Bill Clinton’s agreement with North Korea, which supposedly would keep its word and not develop a nuclear bomb.

But Prince Bandar can forgive Clinton because “it turned out that the strategic foreign policy analysis was wrong and there was a major intelligence failure,” according to translation of interview provided by The Washington Post.

He said that he is “absolutely confident he would not have made that decision” if he had all the facts.
Prince Bandar said the case of Iran is different because:

The strategic foreign policy analysis, the national intelligence information, and America’s allies in the region’s intelligence all predict not only the same outcome of the North Korean nuclear deal but worse – with the billions of dollars that Iran will have access to.

He quoted a phrase first made by Henry Kissinger: America’s enemies should fear America, but America’s friends should fear America more.”

It sounds like Saudi Arabia and Israel are on the same page.

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43 COMMENTS

  1. Just do it. Please. They areca horror to the world. I am Jewish. I wish no harm in Christians or real Muslims. It’s the perversion of the Koran and the fanatics that are terrorizing everyone that are not to be tolerated. They must be stopped. They not only want ti destroy Israel, but every other mideast nation that is not terrorist and not fanatics. We are all at risk. These people seek death not life and peace.

  2. They won’t, I don’t see them being able too. They’ll most likely ride someone to fight their fight, the rode Saddam at the time and now the US kinda not going to do anything for them.

    I highly doubt that the Israelis are as naive as Saddam to drag themselves to a war with Iran for the Saudis, however, it wouldn’t be unlikely if Israel attacked Iran.

  3. They won’t, I don’t see them being able too. They’ll most likely ride someone to fight their fight, the rode Saddam at the time and now the US kinda not going to do anything for them.

    I highly doubt that the Israelis are as naive as Saddam to drag themselves to a war with Iran for the Saudis, however, it wouldn’t be unlikely if Israel attacked Iran.

  4. The U.S. has already sold bunker buster bombs to at least Israel and Saudi Arabia and with the Israeli air force and the Gulf States Defense Forces, the rest of Iran’s non – nuclear infrastructure can be degraded if not destroyed in a matter of hours.

  5. First of all, i always thank you and Praise to our One GOD, ALLAH or ELOHIM, what ever your plans or actions against of our enemies. God is always beside us. we are descendants of our Prophets and Servants of God, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob or Israel and Kings David and Solomon and others faithful Servants Prophets of our GOD PEACE, ALLAH or ELOHIM.

  6. Obama Deal has ignited and flammed the probability of war in Middle East. Israel has been given little choice but to go it alone against Iranand its minions out to destroy it. If Arab neighbors did join Israel against Iran, it would probably be only until Iran was detroyed then they would also turn on Israel. Any way you look at it, appears things are looking to escalaklate both in the Middle East and worlwide.

  7. Obama Deal has ignited and flammed the probability of war in Middle East. Israel has been given little choice but to go it alone against Iranand its minions out to destroy it. If Arab neighbors did join Israel against Iran, it would probably be only until Iran was detroyed then they would also turn on Israel. Any way you look at it, appears things are looking to escalaklate both in the Middle East and worlwide.

  8. From the article:
    “Not a small voice,” said –
    “Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former Ambassador to the United States, warned that the nuclear agreement with Iran “will wreak havoc in the Middle East” and that Gulf Powers are willing to attack Iranian nuclear sites, even if the United States is not interested.”

  9. The citation attributed to Henry Kissinger, namely that :

    "America’s enemies should fear America, but America’s friends should fear America more”

    is indeed remarkable by its relevance regarding … Great Power … philosophy and politics …
    And it is typical for the so called "realpolitik" … 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Of course, it recalls an age old saying :

    "God save me of my friends … I can take care of my enemies …" 🙂 🙂 🙂

  10. Do it already end the stress take out the nuclear facilities. And let Israel have some peace already. Hamas and Isis are a nothing for Israel to finish off. It is ashame Israel had to take on ALL the terrorists by themselves. And get blamed for everything.

  11. The only way to peace is segregation. Help the arabs kept hostages in refugee camps for dacade move to existing arab states on east bank and start a living instead of being abused as human bombs by Qatar and Turkey. This will end the falsified “aparthide” +”genocide”+”ethnic cleansing”.

  12. The solution to the problems and crises in today’s society is unity. We see that throughout history, smaller countries united for the purpose of defending themselves against much larger, impending forces. Yet, after victory, the once unified parties would inevitably revert into their petty squabbles and self centered lives again, causing the breakup of a union based solely on the imminent threat to their safety.
    What was needed then and for today is a unique and different kind of unity. It must be a unity based on the wisdom of connection, as Abraham discovered in Babylon. Such a unity comes from a reason that rises above self-interest. Through Abraham’s connection with G-d, he and his followers realized a whole and true unity, encompassing all of nature, overlapping and appeasing each and every concern of daily life, which in turn, brought about their peaceful existence.
    The proposed agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program is flawed. Again, for the sake of that same narrow minded and age old issue of security and self satisfaction, a mistake is being made. No matter what good intentions there are to this proposal, the overriding blemish and fatal defect is the limited scope of its method of unity. We will fail another time to bring about meaningful change without the boundless and comprehensive approach found in connection.
    The method of connection, found in Abraham’s form of unity, is distinctive. Even though we are still left craving for self satisfaction, above that desire we have the overriding, positive forces from G-d and nature that allow us to live in equality and peace. The unity found in connection fulfills the collective soul of society, annulling individual ego’s and promotes a merging into a powerfully integrated and single entity. G-d’s mitzvah of becoming the first Jew, the “biblical Abraham,” is the meaning of ”love thy neighbor as thyself” or “connected.” It is a unique formula that allows for the common good and which until today, only the Jews have implemented successfully, even if two millennia ago. Now we must rekindle this ability and share it.
    We must start by trying to live in solidarity among ourselves. In the trying, with G-d’s help, we Jews will find the right form of a union, connection. But, until we the chosen, finally do unite to accept the responsibility G-d gave us, to be His “nation of priests”, our delinquent behavior will be the cause of anti semitism and the source of all society’s agony, suffering countless crises and wars. Creation was expressly designed and crafted in this way, to be our shame and in spite of our ego’s, as a way to guarantee that we fulfill our destiny as His priests, teachers of connection.
    We can bring joy, peace and happiness to the world, as Jews. For as Jews, we are holy by and for Him, due to our spiritual genetics. We must relearn and begin using the wisdom of connection again for His sake and the sake of all His children, the collective soul of society.

  13. Wow, way to go Bandar, how about take it to next level and create an Arab alliance with Israel, for the defence of the Middle East on the line with NATO defending Europe since the Cold War. THINK BIG PRINCE, OUT OF THE BOX ! Time to shuffle the cards!

  14. Why don't everyone just come out and scream the truth?Obama and his administration is the enemy of the United States within and the enemy of all America's allies.Its really sad that no one trusts the United States anymore.Thanks to this P.O.S. in the oval office! I can't believe this moron hasn't been hung for his crimes a long time ago! God bless America! Only He can get us out of this mess!

  15. Alan Kardon my dear friend,
    First, I'd like to thank you for your interest in my comment. Not many take the time to reply and make such a serious and valid observation.
    We Jews have not completed our work in learning to unite as Abraham and his followers once did. We are still caught up in our petty, individualistic and self centered lives, thinking we are independent and separated from all the pain and suffering in the world and that we are not its cause. Meaning we haven’t come to the realization yet that G-d meant for us to act differently and to ask for His help in becoming the means to heal the world through a connection with Him.
    I believe that soon, because of the world’s increased pressure on us, through hatred, anti semitism and the very threats you speak of, our destruction as a nation of Jews, and because the world is demanding that we bring the healing and fulfilling light of the Torah to them so vigorously and threateningly, we will begin to change our egocentric ways.
    Through our attempts at unity and solidarity for the sake of the nations of the world, we will relearn what Abraham discovered, connection with our Creator and then, begin to share it. When we have achieved connection for ourselves it will become immediately available to everyone, as is the nature and reason for being of the Jews, they are “the chosen people.” We were “chosen” to teach the wisdom of connection in order to bring peace and happiness to humanity.

  16. One problem about US foreign policy, is that do only what is good for America. America is now oil self sufficient, ergo, our previous suppliers have to look after themselves. Israel is only useful for technological reasons, "Israelis have brains, intelligence and Chutzpah".

    America is no longer a democracy, when billionaires buy their way into power. Bribery, paying electioneering costs, funding lobbyists to buy (sway) decisions in favour of the elite, gerrymandering is the norm. America is lost, its greatness ws just a blip of history.

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