Eric Draitser is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City and the founder of StopImperialism.com.
Saudi Arabia, one the most undemocratic states in the world where people have absolutely no say, is incapable of saving democracy in Yemen, said Eric Draitser, geopolitical analyst. That is an insult to the intelligence of people globally, he added.
RT: Saudi Arabia has always been shy about taking part in military action and yet it is leading a whole coalition in Yemen. What has changed in Riyadh under the new King do you think?
ED: There are two questions here. First of all the question is whether or not anything is really changed… Is really Saudi Arabia leading a coalition? I would argue that in some ways they are in name and from the public relation standpoint, but in practice not really because the Saudi military is an extension of the US military. The Saudi military employs foreign mercenaries that they pay essentially to do a lot of their dirty work. There is very real question as to the extent to which Saudi Arabia is really coordinating all of these. One the one hand is Saudi Arabia leading a coalition in practice or Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition in name – that is certainly up for debate. Secondly, there is clearly an attempt to assert a sort of hegemonic military presence from the perspective of Saudi Arabia. You’ve had political factions which have been put in place in the government in Saudi Arabia in recent months that are seeking to carve out a sort of a reputation for themselves as major military players in the region. They have always been that. But what they are trying to do now is to take on this international issue and to show themselves to be assertive and capable militarily. This is an illusion because … Saudi Arabia is deeply indebted to the US for all of its military supplies. They are indebted to US military advisers and other military advisers to be fair to show how to use the weapons, how to employ the weapons, how to do the targeting, all of that.