The National quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on the US-Gulf partnership in light of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, visiting President Obama today:

“My feeling is that the administration is not ready for this historic opportunity to put the US-Gulf partnership back on track — I really hope am wrong,” said Bilal Saab, a Gulf security expert at the Atlantic Council think tank who has met with both sides during the discussions.

“This will end in failure if [president] Obama offers increased tactical security cooperation at a time when the Gulf leaders are looking for much stronger US security commitments.”

Read the full article here.