Quote Originally Posted by Woodsman View Post
Saudi Arabia finally lost its war on Yemen. It has no defenses against these weapons and it's undeniable that they threaten the Saudis' economic lifelines. This was the decisive attack.

The target's distance from rebel-held territory in Yemen demonstrates the range of the Houthis’ drones and it puts other Saudi oil fields, an under-construction Emirati nuclear power plant, and even Dubai’s international airport within range. These Houthi drones have proved difficult to track and even harder to shoot down. And not only are the Saudi's PAC 3 Patriot batteries useless against them, they're actually under threat themselves.

The Houthi have clown prince MBS by the balls and can squeeze any time it suits them. The economic threat of Houthi drone attacks comes on top of an IMF predicted 7% budget deficit, meaning further Saudi bombing against the Houthi will now have very significant additional cost that might even endanger the viability of the Saudi state, not to mention the royal neckline. They also show that the Houthi are no longer an unrecognized, isolated movement and this is punctuated by a recent meeting at the Iranian Foreign Ministry where delegates from Iran, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, as well as Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, exchanged views about a political resolution of the war.

The war on Yemen the Saudis started in March 2015 was unwinnable then and now is definitely lost. Neither the U.S. nor the Europeans will come to the Saudis help, despite Pompeo and Trump's recent bluster and the "let's you and them fight" efforts by the Saudis (and Israelis) to have us make war against Iran on their behalf. Trump knows the ice beneath him is thinning and his firing of Bolton proves he has no intent of giving up a second term for the neocons and their Israeli/Saudi paymasters. Considering there are no technological means to protect against more such attacks, it's clear that poor Yemen defeated rich Saudi Arabia.

MbS will have to agree to peace negotiations and the Yemeni demand for reparations will be massive. But what alternatives will the Saudis have but to cough up whatever the Houthi demand? As for the bigger picture, it is undeniable that all the neocon wars the U.S. and its allies waged in the Middle East - Afghanistan (2001), Iraq (2003), Lebanon (2006), Syria (2011), Iraq (2014) and Yemen (2015) - were unmitigated disasters, costing us upwards of $3 trillion dollars, turning our republic into a de-facto police state, and making Iran and its allies stronger. Their incompetence is criminal.

If ka-POOM ever realizes and the US at last gives up its exorbitant privilege, my greatest hope is that we'll see the entire neocon cabal breaking rocks at Leavenworth.
The thing I wonder about related to this attack is the original oil for dollar deal the United States made with SA after the United States left the gold standard. Wasn't the Kissinger arrangement that SA sells its oil in dollars and, in return, the United States provides SA with weapons and military protection? Does this attack mean that the United States failed in its attempt to protect SA, or, alternatively, does this mean that the United States has already walked away from being SA's protector? In either case, doesn't that mean the de-facto end of the petro-dollar era?

Put more simply, after this attack, what reason does SA have to continue selling its oil in dollars? Relatedly, how soon will China become its new protector?