The United States is losing its influence across the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief said Tuesday, asserting that regional states were questioning Washington’s commitment to the region as its 20-year military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan has only led to diplomatic and economic crises. Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud said the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq caused “strategic confusion” and put the U.S. agent of influence in the Middle East at risk.
“This failed experience in Afghanistan, and I would say semi-failed experience in Iraq, are responsible for the perceived failure or defeat, if you like, of a great power, the United States, and the greatest military alliance, NATO, in sustaining a regime and project of their creation,” he said. Although the U.S. has been the dominant power for the past seven decades, doubts about its role and commitment to safeguarding regional security are piling up, leading to ongoing strategic regional turmoil that triggers new conflicts and crises.
“No region in the world fears the danger of this strategic confusion more than the Middle East region,” he said, according to London-based news site Middle East Eye (MEE).
Source : DAILY SABAH