The Washington Post quotes Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on US efforts to reassure Saudi Arabia of continued US support in the wake of a nuclear deal with Saudi arch-rival Iran:
Richard LeBaron, a former US Ambassador to Kuwait who is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, said the military campaign against the Houthis offers Saudi leaders an opportunity to evaluate the post-deal realities in the region.
“It’s a test case of their ability to project power against what they see as an Iranian proxy with direct Iranian involvement . . . especially as, in their view, Iran emerges from the shadows because of the nuclear deal,” he said. “It’s also a test case of US support for Saudi Arabia.”