Can Tillerson Referee the Qatar/Saudi Crisis?

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walked away from the Middle East empty-handed this week, as his efforts to mediate the Qatar/Saudi crisis failed to bear fruit. The dispute is the most serious between the two sides in some time, but how much of it was brought on by the meeting in May between a new and very aggressive heir to the Saudi throne and President Donald Trump? Both are very aggressive toward Iran, and the conflict is being framed in pro- versus anti-Iran terms. Where do things go? Tune in to today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

3 thoughts on “Can Tillerson Referee the Qatar/Saudi Crisis?”

  1. Short answer: No, he can not.
    Longer version, you can’t be a referee if you’re the center for one of the teams.

  2. A very stage managed crisis, even if some of the core elements are real enough.

    The primary purpose very much now appears to be to keep the threat of war against Iran – an expansion of the proxy wars between the U.S. and Russia – alive.

    This makes Russia a little more flexible at the negotiating table over Syria the way the threat of war against North Korea curbs China’s sense of grandeur in Asia.

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