: Nov 13, 2017

The Reverse Midas Touch of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Is Turning the Middle East to Dust

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“From Lebanon to Qatar to Yemen, the much-lauded MBS has in fact proved to be the reverse Midas — everything he touches turns to dust… The inconvenient truth about the crown prince is that he isn’t only impulsive, he’s incompetent; he isn’t only ambitious, he’s reckless. He is also a nationalist and a hawk who is bent on turning the long-standing Saudi/Iran cold war into a very hot war — and is even willing to ally with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel in order to do so”

– from my latest op-ed for The Intercept on the Middle East crisis. Enjoy!

The Reverse Midas Touch of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Is Turning the Middle East to Dust

Mohammed bin Salman has essentially seized two foreign leaders, started a horrendous war in Yemen, and is heating up a conflict with Iran.

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