By John Dale Grover
A Saudi Arabian oil field and processing facility were attacked this month by drones and cruise missiles that appear to be of Iranian design. Though unfortunate, these attacks are likely a signal of Iranian anger at maximum pressure and might be an extension of the Saudi-led intervention in neighboring Yemen's civil war. Washington's max pressure campaign is backfiring and so is American military involvement in the Yemeni war and Sunni-Shiite fight. At this point, it is not yet proven whether the missiles and drones were launched from Iranian soil or Iranian-backed militias Yemen or Iraq. Regardless of their origins, the strikes were an attack on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, not America. Any U.S. military response would escalate, risking all-out war. After all, a Business Insider poll found that only 13 percent of Americans support “the U.S. military joining or supporting Saudi Arabia in a conflict.”
Saudi Arabia is the third-largest military spender in the entire world, ranked only after America and China. With a defense budget of $67.6 billion, Riyadh should defend itself. Instead of fighting Saudi Arabia’s wars, Washington should reserve our military for U.S. security and prosperity. Saudi Arabia’s national interests are not U.S. national interests—wise policymakers would separate the two when they collide.
This piece was originally published by Real Clear Defense on September 25, 2019. Read more HERE.