Saudi Arab Spring Policy Imitates U.S., Media Can’t See It

There is a great example of the general bias of The New York Times in today’s edition.

Saudi Arabia is flexing its financial and diplomatic might across the Middle East in a wide-ranging bid to contain the tide of change, shield fellow monarchs from popular discontent and avert the overthrow of any more leaders struggling to calm turbulent republics.

From Egypt, where the Saudis dispensed $4 billion in aid last week to shore up the ruling military council, to Yemen, where it is trying to ease out the president, to the kingdoms of Jordan and Morocco, which it has invited to join a union of Gulf monarchies, Saudi Arabia is scrambling to forestall more radical change and block Iran’s influence.

The kingdom is aggressively emphasizing the relative stability of monarchies, part of an effort to avert any dramatic shift from the authoritarian model, which would generate uncomfortable questions about the glacial pace of political and social change at home.

You can swap the words “Saudi Arabia” for the words “United States” and read the article we should have read at the very beginning of the Arab Spring. The U.S. has flexed its financial and diplomatic might in a desperate attempt to avert any shift from the authoritarian model they’ve maintained in the region for decades. In Yemen, in Bahrain, in Jordan, in Palestine, in Egypt (before Mubarak’s ousting was successful), and elsewhere, the U.S. has made significant efforts to ensure democracy is suppressed and tyranny persists. This is well known, but the mainstream media often suffers from an inability to scrutinize – or honestly report – the policies of America the way they do for other countries.

  • Charles hinton

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    Recommend strongly blocking and removing COL Alan Lee Stolte from the reserve General Officer list to promotion to Brigadier General due to his involvement with the falsification and Facts and intelligence as a member of a Organization called CBIST (Chemical Bio Spt Team) which was part of 75th FTX – which fabricated such intelligence myths as the linkage of WMD, Saddam sheltering AQI, and led to deaths of over 5,000 American Soldiers. These facts are in several documents found under FOIA and released by the 9/11 Commission. Recent movie such as Green Zone and Fair Game have uncovered these facts.

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  • Charles hinton

    Stop this nomination – these are the people who brought us lies and deceit
    Recommend strongly blocking and removing COL Alan Lee Stolte from the reserve General Officer list to promotion to Brigadier General due to his involvement with the falsification and Facts and intelligence as a member of a Organization called CBIST (Chemical Bio Spt Team) which was part of 75th FTX – which fabricated such intelligence myths as the linkage of WMD, Saddam sheltering AQI, and led to deaths of over 5,000 American Soldiers. These facts are in several documents found under FOIA and released by the 9/11 Commission. Recent movie such as Green Zone and Fair Game have uncovered these facts.

  • adil abu lebdeh

    these policies of the US and SA worked in the past pretty good,but these days with nothing can be hidden from media and internet the US&SA will regret evry moment they harm those people. they can never controll those people again. arab people are well aware of every thing goes around (conspiracies). we the people have made our way and know how freedom can be gained. we are paying blood for it. we now beleive that freedom can never be gained through corrupt leaders nor through the US, and we intend to fight all the way to get ours via our hands. we need no US to grant us nothing also our corrupt leaders can offer nothing, they themselves have no freedom of their own. they are slaves of the US intellegence agencies. it's going to take sometime but we have all the time in the world, we know the way and we are in no rush.

    • guest

      Good idea not to trust SA or USA governments because they are both untrustworthy, but don't think the USA media is any kind of friend to those trying to gain freedom from the oppressive policies of middle east governments. Mainstream media here is corporate owned, as are our politicians, and what benefits the financial markets they will report as being good for everyone in the world.

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  • andy

    Saudi Arabia is probably the least free and most culturally and socially backward country in the world. Freedom house rates it a 7/7 – dead last.

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