Has America returned to us?

We don’t know if this momentum will continue at this speed and for how long it will last

Mashari Althaydi
Mashari Althaydi
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Will Yemen be the first battleground of confrontation between Iran’s Khomeini republic and the new United States led by Donald Trump? According to Foreign Policy, the White House has through its discussions on national security concluded that eliminating Iranian ambitions in the Middle East is the title of the new American policy.

According to the magazine, Yemen will be the first battleground in Trump’s confrontation with Iran. The manifestations of this frank American involvement in Yemen alongside “the allies” led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to fight Iranian-backed Houthi militias and their miserable ally ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh are: intensifying drone attacks, deploying more military consultants, carrying out more commandos operations, speeding up the approval of military attacks against the militias and expanding efforts to stop Iranian arms shipment to the Houthis.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and all Arab, Muslim and international allies must invest in this new American political “momentum” to confront the Iranian destructive project in Yemen and other countries. We don’t know if this momentum will continue at this speed and for how long it will last. Most probably, we will have at least half a year. During this time, it’s possible to achieve many political and field gains in Yemen thanks to this powerful American momentum.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and all Arab, Muslim and international allies must invest in this new American political “momentum” to confront the Iranian destructive project in Yemen and other countries.

The Obama administration obstructed and confused the path of political and military solution in Yemen because it did not comprehend that the Khomeini republic’s interventions were a source of chaos and extremism in the region

Mshari al-Thaydi

‘State sponsor of terrorism’

However, the situation is completely different with Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. After assuming his post, Flynn criticized Iran and described it as “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” adding that with the Trump administration “the days of turning a blind eye to Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over.”

The commanders of the Khomeini regime, particularly Revolutionary Guards’ commanders, are aware of how dangerous the situation is. They are in a state of alert and they are testing determinations. Perhaps, Revolutionary Guards’ media and cultural consultant Hamid Reza Muqaddam Far’s statement describing Trump as a madman reflects their panic.

We’ve lived through difficult times with Obama, the Khomeini republic's friend and the orchestrator of secret deals. The repercussions of this approach were Iranian domination in Arab countries, security chaos and sectarian divisions.

Decisiveness stipulates seizing the emerging opportunities especially that there’s a new American administration now. The enthusiasts of this Obama letdown policy are many and active, therefore, “if the wind blows ride it.”

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat.
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Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.

Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.
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