US MIDDLE EAST
The U.S.-led order for the region established in the 1990s was bound to collapse. It was based on the exclusion of two of the Mideast's most powerful states -- Iran and Iraq -- and could only be sustained as long as the U.S. was willing to pay for it through its own blood and treasure. The influence and privilege Saudi Arabia enjoyed under American order will no longer be the same -- because that order is no more.
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