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PostYemen Conflict (Randy Black, USA, 06/16/15 4:16 pm)
Massoud Malek (15 June) dodges important facts regarding the ongoing dust-up in Yemen.
Massoud continues to attack the US for providing satellite intelligence support to the Middle East's coalition fighting the Houthi (Shia) invasion of Yemen while ignoring the other nine nations that are also involved in the effort to defeat the invaders of Yemen.
The Sunni coalition: Egypt, UAR, Bahrain, Jordan, Sudan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco and others including Pakistan that support Saudi sovereignty. It's my thought that Iran is the de facto bad guy in this matter.
While Houthi (Shia) are the actual fighters who've invaded Yemen, they receive open support from Iran.
Adding to the tragic war, Yemen is also the stronghold of Al-Qaeda. Finally, there is the matter of ISIS that openly declared its intention to take over the world.
Yet, Massoud would have the world believe that the US, Britain, Pakistan and others are the bad guys in all of this.
Sidebar: For what it's worth, most of the Saudi senior government is educated in the US or the UK. I've omitted the degrees from Saudi universities of the resumes of those senior Saudi officials who have not studied abroad.
Deputy Prime Minister and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, BA Political Science, 1981. (no college revealed)
Minister of the National Guard
Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom, 1974; M.A. Military Science, Command and Staff College, Riyadh.
Minister of Education:
Dr. Azzam bin Mohammed Al-Dakhil
PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Dundee, 2002; MA in Architecture, California State University, 1984
Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir
BA summa cum laude in political science and economics, University of North Texas, 1982; MA in international relations, Georgetown University, 1984
Minister of Water and Electricity:
Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Husein
MS in computer science, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1976; BS in electrical engineering and BS in mathematics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 1973.
Minister of Finance:
Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf
PhD in Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; MA in Economics, Denver University, Colorado; BA in Economics and Political Science
Minister of Health:
Khaled bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih
BS in mechanical engineering, Texas A&M University (Go Aggies), 1982
Minister of Commerce and Industry:
Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah
PhD in Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh; MS in Computer Science and MS in Information Science
Minister of Culture and Information:
Dr. Adel bin Zaid Al-Turaifi
PhD in international relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2012; MA in international conflict, University of Kingston, London, 2008.
Minister of Social Affairs:
Dr. Majed bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi
PhD in engineering management, University of Missouri, 1985; MA in engineering management, University of Missouri, 1983; MA in civil engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1982; BA in civil engineering, University of Portland, Oregon, 1981.
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources:
Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi
MSc Geology, Stanford University, USA; BSc, Geology, LeHigh University.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology:
Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel
PhD in Computer Science (Algorithms), University of Southern California, 1979; MSc. in Computer Science (Algorithms), University of Southern California, 1975;
JE comments: This list of US degrees seems to bolster Massoud's argument that the Saudis and the Americans are of one voice (and one fist) in the Yemen war.