U.S. House Members and Senators are increasingly approached by panicky leaders of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Oman and Kuwait, who have always considered the U.S. global leadership and unilateral national security action to be their life insurance policy. These leaders are concerned about the adverse ripple effects of the lowered U.S. global profile on their own survival. Moreover, they consider the U.S. engagement with Iran their worst nightmare. They are puzzled by the U.S. lack of awareness that a retreat from the trenches of Islamic terrorism bolsters the presence of terrorists' sleeper cells on the U.S. mainland.
Riyadh is aware that Saudi Arabia and other pro-U.S. Arab oil-producing Gulf states - and not Israel - would be the prime target for a nuclear Iran, ravaging the supply and price of oil, which would devastate the economy of the U.S. and the Free World. The Saudis know that - unlike North Korea - Iran is driven by an imperialistic vision, encompassing the Persian Gulf as the first stage and then the Sunni Muslim countries.
Riyadh is convinced that a nuclear Iran could trigger a collapse of the pro-U.S. Gulf regimes, by blackmailing and further fueling subversion in the Gulf States, including the Shiite-populated Saudi oil-rich province of Hasa.
Riyadh is mindful of the impact of a nuclear Iran on the intensification of Islamic terrorism, which haunts every pro-U.S. Arab regime in the Middle East.
Eyad Abu Shakra, the managing editor of the Saudi royal family-controlled, prestigious London-based daily, Asharq al Awsat, wrote on October 17, 2013 about "the rapid decline of the U.S. on the stage of world politics: Washington's rhetoric was initially loud, talking of 'red-lines.' However, neither Bashar Al-Assad nor Vladimir Putin and his counterpart in Beijing cared much about this.... America remains strong, despite the narrow-mindedness of its politicians.... Obama is haggling in the regional bazaar as if he were a petty retail trader, not the head of a massive international conglomerate...."
Amir Taheri, a globally-respected Asharq al Awsat columnist, warned on October 4, 2013: "Today, Americans are advised that they may not be safe in more than 40 countries. The Obama retreat could sharply increase that number. The U.S. needs and deserves something better than a 'Fortress America' strategy.... Bully powers may seize the opportunity provided by the U.S. retreat.... The Khomeini regime's heightened activism in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is yet one more example...."
Riyadh is concerned that the U.S. may ignore President Rouhani's - and other Iranian leaders' - track record of masterful dissimulations, deception, concealment and non-compliance.
Amir Taheri, who is intimately networked with Saudi leadership, wrote on October 11, 2013: "For more than three decades, the Mullahs and their associates have used [an] arsenal of deception against foreign powers and internal adversaries.... One [example] is taqiyya which means hiding one's true faith in order to deceive others in a hostile environment. Another term is kitman which means keeping an adversary guessing by playing one's hand close to the chest. A third is do-pahlu which means an utterance that could have two opposite meanings at the same time. The closest equivalent in English is double-talk.... In New York, Rouhani tried to seduce the Americans with smiles and sweet words...."