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  1. I have no idea what "scholars" and which specific "citations" you're going on about. Not that it matters much, anyway. If you wish to pretend we haven't been over all these points on past topics, and that they haven't been addressed, that is totally up to you. And may I point out, once again, that there is no "us". I have not specified any such "criterion" as you imply, certainly nothing to do with the quote mentioned. That you insist on framing things in absurd ways is your own business. Since you cannot even formulate what it is that he failed in, your pronouncement is hollow. And, of course, it fails to address another issue - whether there were better, realistic alternatives, which were not explored.
  2. I don't think that the USA has any clear intentions of establishing a permanent base in Northern Syria. That view is something posted by @retarius - based (apparently) on less than solid sources. At the same time, I don't know that the USA will simply fully withdraw it's forces (including currently operated bases) from Northern Syria, without some sort of agreed upon arrangement or assurances with regard to the Kurds. This issue could, perhaps, be somehow used as a pretext for claiming that the civil war is not actually over. Obviously dodgy. As long as USA forces are stationed there, not much likelihood of Russia directly assisting Assad's forces to retake the area. Without Russia's aerial support, Assad's forces will have trouble forcing the issue. So, I think, if no one gets jumpy, some sort of uneasy face saving deal will be made, though probably no permanent solution will be reached.
  3. Other than trying to start another one of your off-topic, petty and pointless argument - what are you on about?
  4. I think I have addressed the nonsensical element in your views both in another post in this topic, and on plenty of previous related topics. You seem to have a some serious personal issues vs. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, for one reason or another, which prevents you from discussing things from any other point of view. That you pronounce things as failures or mistakes, does not necessarily make them so. Not even with hindsight, and not being in the person's shoes, on your side. The Crown Prince may be a whole lot of things, an complete idiot he ain't. Doubt he could have amassed the power he currently wields if he was one. Also, I doubt that his considerations and priorities resonate with the criticisms you air. Saudi Arabia is facing a Middle East reality in which Iran's influence and power keep growing. And it is happening at Saudi Arabia's expense. To a degree, these developments are related to Saudi Arabia's own actions, inaction, idleness, and miscalculations. That is, I think, what the Crown Prince actions are about - an attempt to restore (or shore up) Saudi Arabia's position in the Middle East, and by extension the Muslim World, and the World as a whole. So whether or not his efforts work out, or even immediately contribute to achieving such goals, may not be the point. Some of it is about sending a message, drawing a line, reasserting a position. It would take more time than judge how this whole thing fares. I have no idea what was the "point" you imagined you were making by linking the Politico article. Was it news to you that even in the Middle East, politics makes for some strange connections?
  5. Would that be more comfortable for you to spin, then?
  6. In the context of the OP, predominantly Kurdish populated areas of Syria. This may be of some help - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rojava
  7. None of these could be counted as a success. And yet, perhaps things are seen differently from where he stands. Would Saudi Arabia be better off doing nothing whatsoever to counter Iran's advances? Are any his regional moves massively unpopular with the Saudis? The war in Yemen is a flop, which was destined to be so from the start. Just another endless insurgency quagmire. The Qatar blockade? As said on previous topics, didn't come out as planned, but not a total right off yet. Lebanon? Again too early to pronounce it a failure, although that shouldn't stop you, of course.
  8. And yet, as Saudi Crown Princes go, he managed to concentrate quite impressive powers, ditch the competition, and for all your nonsense, apparently still popular with the masses.
  9. I'm not doubting the Crown Prince's popularity, ruthlessness or savvy of court politics. The comment made was with regard to his education and subtlety.
  10. Whether or not Russian forces are withdrawn remains to be seen. As the OP mentions, not the first time this was declared, with little by way of changes on the ground. What is, perhaps, more interesting, is that the Russian statement may be taken as some confirmation that it does not wish to see an escalation between Assad's forces and the Kurds, or at least, that Russia operative support for Assad is not automatically assured. As for @retarius's comment about a permanent USA base etc. - there are several USA bases established within the Kurdish territory. Nothing out of the ordinary about that, and there was (to the best of my knowledge) no official mention of them planned on becoming permanent fixtures. That sources with vested interests opine otherwise, is far from being a serious confirmation. I don't know that that the USA will withdraw it's forces from the Kurdish area without some sort of an agreement there.
  11. Saudi Arabia: Israelis banned, but Jews now allowed to work here https://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-arabia-jews-now-allowed-to-work-here/ From Qom to Medina: Israeli Jew visits holy sites across Muslim world https://www.timesofisrael.com/from-qom-to-medina-israeli-jew-visits-holy-sites-across-muslim-world/ With regard to the first link, it more about plausible deniability, and even that is tossed away when needed. Edit - and obviously doesn't apply to government officials or say, USA servicemen.
  12. Not the most educated of Saudi princes, and not the most subtle. To put it mildly.
  13. However did they manage this?

    The pole came at the car out of nowhere.