サウジはイエメンの石油とガスが狙い MBSの失脚は時間の問題とする専門家が増加: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年11月04日

サウジはイエメンの石油とガスが狙い MBSの失脚は時間の問題とする専門家が増加

RT2018/11/3
‘Wheels in motion to replace MBS with someone compatible with West,’ ex-Pentagon analyst tells RT
Following outrage over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Prince Mohammad bin Salman might face troubles at home. As analysts told RT, some in Saudi Arabia are keen to see the Crown Prince go.

Much of the mounting international outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is attributed to Mohammad bin Salman, the 33-year-old Crown Prince who once famously vowed to reform his autocratic kingdom into a vibrant modern state. He recently assumed authority over the Saudi intelligence community – in addition to sweeping powers in defense and the economy – but it doesn’t mean his position in the monarchy is rock solid, experts believe.

Michael Maloof, former senior security policy adviser in the Pentagon, told RT America that the young prince has made more enemies than friends among the Saudi royals, and “has upset the leadership so much.” According to the analyst, there is a growing rebellion against MBS in the House of Saud.

The wheels are already in motion to try and replace MBS with someone more compatible with the West.

Asked if this scenario – a palace coup or the likes – is conceivable, Maloof confirmed that it is, given that the Crown Prince has alienated too many members of the court and now it’s “just a question of time.”

Those who are conspiring against MBS hope that the US and the West will “support someone who would carry that out,” the former Pentagon official pointed out, adding: “However, it’s a little premature to say this is going to happen.”

The conversation took place following news reports that Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, a younger brother of the reigning King Salman, has returned to Saudi Arabia from exile. It was reported that he traveled to the kingdom with some guarantees from US and UK security agencies.

“Why would the brother of the king come back, get out of the exile and come back to the kingdom if he had no feeling that he had some kind of support?” Maloof asked.

Calls to oust Prince Mohammad from power were heard on the other side of the Atlantic. Senator Lindsey Graham, one of Saudi Arabia’s most vocal backers in Congress, said in mid-October that he has “got to go.”

“This guy is a wrecking ball. He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey, and to expect me to ignore it – I feel used and abused,” Graham, an influential member of the Senate Armed Services committee and a close ally of President Donald Trump, said, adding that Mohammad was “toxic” and “can never be a world leader on the world stage.”

Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal suggested that this could spell the beginning of the end of MBS’ rule. “Basically, you have the situation of what the mafia’s done – to send [their] wise guy out, to make a hit… and throwing him in front of the police station. This is mafia stuff,” he told RT.

“I think we’ll see Mohammad bin Salman pivot east, to China and Russia and other alliances before the US and the UK can take him out,” Blumenthal suggested.

RT2018/11/2
Saudis want Yemen’s oil & gas – Max Blumenthal
Saudi Arabia is in a financial crisis and wants to access and exploit untapped gas and oil resources in Yemen, investigative journalist and author Max Blumenthal told RT.

RT America’s Rick Sanchez spoke with Blumenthal about the possibility that the US call for peace and a ceasefire in Yemen could have negative repercussions and cause an intensification of violence in the short term.

“But if we're trying to stop the war, why would it get worse? Think of it this way: if both sides in a sports game know that the clock is running out, are they going to become more aggressive, more violent, and… want to go for the big score before nobody lets them? It boils down to both sides in a conflict wanting some leverage, as they go into these possible negotiations,” Rick Sanchez explained.

Houthi rebels are concerned that the Saudi coalition might soon launch a new attack on the country with reports that 10,000 troops are moving toward the port of Hodeida, which they’re trying to secure.

“It follows a long tradition among military leaders that approaching peace talks is an opportunity to gain territory or advantages to trade off later. And then there is the question of desperation on the part of the Saudis who may be going through a power struggle of their own right now,” Sanchez added.

Earlier, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof commented on this possible power struggle in Saudi Arabia, which could lead to the end of the Crown Prince’s rule. “This is going to get dirty. And I think what they’re hoping for is that the US and Britain and the other Western powers support somebody who will carry that out. We may be a little premature in saying that it is going to happen… Internally, I think it is conceivable because MBS has upset so many members of the royal family, he has made tremendous enemies from within. And it’s just a question of time.”
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Max Blumenthal agreed with Maloof, saying that “he’s right that the US would like to remove him or at least elements within the national security architecture.”

He recalled the former national security adviser to Obama, Susan Rice, calling to “sideline the Crown Prince” from his “unlimited power.”

“And Lindsey Graham from the Committee on Armed Services said the same thing,” Blumenthal added.

“Basically, you have a situation where the Mafia Don has sent his wise guy out to make a hit and the wise guy winds up taking a bone saw to the victim and throwing him in front of the police station. And the Mafia Don saying ‘You’re embarrassing me.’” Max Blumenthal said.

Asked whether the Crown Prince could he be taken out, Blumenthal said that “he has deepened his control over the intelligence services, over the Saudis’ PR game, he is more in control than ever before.”

He suggested we could see Mohammad bin Salman pivot east to China and Russia and other alliances before the US and the UK can take him out.

According to Blumenthal, in the Yemen war, Saudi Arabia does not want the Houthis to control the strategic shipping-lane area between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb, “where from three to five thousand barrels of oil flow through.”

“But more importantly, Saudi Arabia is in a financial crisis and they would like to access the untapped resources of gas and oil that are massive in Yemen and exploit Yemen. That is one of the reasons why they’re in this fight,” he concluded.

アルジャジーラ2018/11/2
Gates Foundation suspends work with Saudi crown prince's charity
注:Gates Foundation:ビル・ゲイツと妻メリンダによって2000年創設された世界最大の慈善基金団体

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is suspending future projects with the Misk Foundation, a non-profit chaired by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Jamal Khashoggi's abduction and murder are extremely troubling," a spokeswoman for the foundation told the Wall Street Journal.

"The current situation was a factor in our decision to hold off on future rounds."

The Gates Foundation agreed to fund half of a $10 million project with its Saudi partner, dubbed the "Misk Grand Challenges". The project aims to give grants to young people around the world for health and development initiatives.

The Gates Foundation, which has completed the first round of $1.5m in funding, said it will honour its obligations to projects already underway.
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