In addition to the Saudis' threatening to strike back against Iran at the time and place of their choosing (something that they never seem to have the balls to do directly against Iranian territory), the Kingdom's spokesmen have accused Hezbollah of hijacking Lebanon and declaring war against it. The death of a prince in a helicopter crash in Asir province, which borders Yemen, could be an internal hit. Yet as ZeroHedge notes, the proximity to Yemen means that Houthi infiltrators with MANPADs could be blamed for public consumption in the Kingdom and in the region. Both are distinct possibilities which cannot be ruled out, particularly since the Houthis lack high performance new generation surface to air missiles but have plenty of pissed off fighters willing to risk torture and death if captured to infiltrate the Saudi Kingdom with MANPADs and shoot down government choppers or ambush security forces.
Saudi Arabia's Weak Hand in the Region as Iran Grows Stronger by the Day
Nonetheless, RogueMoney readers are not shocked by these developments, even if the timing seems particularly 'on the nose' in terms of the Saudis stirring up political turmoil in Lebanon at the very moment Hezbollah and its Syrian Arab Army (SAA) allies are finishing off the last ISIS strongholds on the Iraqi border. Furthermore, what appears to be muscle flexing of Saudi Arabia's largest in the region military budget and supposedly potent capabilities is in reality, an admission of weakness. President Trump and his advisers like Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is angling to have the Aramco IPO listed on U.S. exchanges, cementing Saudi loyalty to the petrodollar rather than selling crude in yuan -- but it isn't clear if it will happen at all.
Much like the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitions to build a megacity on the Red Sea, it may be a castle constructed on sand. But the desperate Saudis, caught between the risks of being denounced as sponsors of 9/11 if not killed if they dump the petrodollar, and the demands of their chief Chinese customer to make peace with Iran and adopt the petroyuan, aren't the only ones with illusions. The Israelis too, have started to admit in their English language press that their leadership may suffer from strategic delusions, of which the overemphasis on technology like the 'stealth' F35 and tactics is a symptom (for observers of the U.S. military's increasing bloat and ineffectiveness, this probably sounds familiar):
Israel's Strategic Myopia and the Debated Risks of Waging Another Lebanon War
The Paradise Papers Pushes #TrumpRussia Same Week Saudi Princes Are Arrested:
Will Those Opposed to MBS Purge Confess to Funding ISIS Without the King's Knowledge?
All the same, as W the Intelligence Insider has reminded this audience in shows on the Mideast conflict beyond Syria, starting World War One 103 years ago made little sense for any of the great empires involved, and resulted in their destruction. Even the British, whose offshore balancing strategy had manipulated the various European powers against each other for centuries, had to accept the junior partner role and eventual mortgaging of their empire to pay for both World Wars.
The Paradise Papers leaks from the usual Soros funded suspects pushing stories on Wilbur Ross alleged tight links with a shipping company owned by Vladimir Putin's son in law and even offshore accounts controlled by the British Royal Family appear to be another strike in the ongoing Rothschild versus Rockefeller mob war, with the latter desperately trying to defend the Clinton crime family from going down before its dark queen-pin occult priestess of Chappaqua expires of 'natural causes'. The fact that the UK Guardian are throwing in exposes of offshore accounts linked to Bono and Madonna is just window dressing to the main course of moving #MuhRussia scandal and Mueller's indictments forward in Washington.
However, as RogueMoney readers know moves beget counter moves and the recently rounded up Saudi princes could suddenly decide to confess the 'shocking' secret that the arms and money they shipped to various 'moderate' Syria jihadists for years actually wound up with Al-Qaeda and ISIS -- with the knowledge and complicity of a certain now ex-CIA director known for his conversion to Islam and affinities to the Saudi royal family. The same CIA director who worked with DNI James Clapper and FBI Director James Comey to launder the partisan Democrat/MI6 dirty dossier into the intelligence community and use it as a basis to fraudulently obtain FISA warrants against Trump's team. Thus the ongoing shake up in the tottering House of Saud has everything to do with the failed wars waged by Riyadh in both Syria and Yemen, as well as the Sauds turn to the Trumps and Kushners for relief. As they used to say in Russia, if only the Tsar knew -- and in Saudi Arabia, it would be 'his royal highness the custodian of the two holy mosques is appalled by the illicit funding of extremism' that has been going on.
For all their ludicrous $85 billion 'defense' budget and bluster, the Saudis know they have almost nothing to gain and everything to lose in a war with Iran, especially if the Shi'a of their oil rich eastern provinces rise up. The Israeli elites too, are divided on whether to act now or bide their time and wait for Hezbollah to make an aggressive move or strike first with overwhelming force. However, it appears this week some globalist players behind the scenes are seeking to force shaky or impetuous regional hands to act.