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Trump's Trip and Taking Sides in the Middle East

Paul R. Pillar Saudi Arabia Israel Iran Religion, Middle East President Trump flies to Saudi Arabia with a policy trajectory that involves weighing in heavily in local Middle Eastern rivalries, so much so that there is talk not only of twelve-figure arms sales to the Saudis but even an “Arab NATO”.  To understand how misguided is such strong taking of sides in those rivalries, recall by way of contrast the circumstances under which the real NATO was created.
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