Emir of Bharain Expels U.S. Diplomat

 

Photo credit: web-bahrain-us-getty

Photo credit: web-bahrain-us-getty

Just when things in the Middle-East could not get any worse for the Obama Administration’s floundering foreign policy; the U.S. State Department was stunned to learn that suddenly Bahrain has ordered a top US diplomat visiting the island to leave the country after he met leaders of the main Shia opposition party.

The Bahrain government said; ” that the US assistant secretary for human rights, Tom Malinowski, was “unwelcome” and he should end his official three-day visit to Bahrain “due to his interference in its internal affairs”.

President Obama had no immediate response.  State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, responded saying; ” the Bahrain government was “well aware that US government officials routinely meet all officially recognized political societies.”

However, in the wake of the recent clash between Shia and Sunni on the Island Emirate, that was suppressed by the injection of Saudi troops, and the rise of ISIS gains in Iraq and Syria; this expulsion of a top U.S. diplomat grades poorly the Administrations timing.  Meeting with this political opposition behind the backs of the Bahraini Government netted a stinging diplomatic rebuke saying; “get out of my country.”

US assistant secretary for human rights, Tom Malinowski, expulsion came with the Bahraini official reason stating; “due to his interference in its internal affairs”.

Fanning the flames to what was already a smoldering ash, stemming from the recent clash between Bahrain’s Emir and Sheikh Ali Salman and Khalil al-Marzouq, leaders of the al-Wifaq opposition party;  both were summoned to report in person to the public prosecutor,  and submit to interrogation about what they discussed with Mr Malinowski.

Compounding to the gargantuan strategic blunders in the region, ranging from Iraqi President Maliki, and the U.S. British attempts to over-throw Assad in Syria, by supporting the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Brigade.  The U.S., British and Saudis, armed and funded them, who then splintered into the now virulent ISIS Army that cut a swath into northern Iraq.

ISIS captured key cities in Iraq, routed two Iraqi divisions with only 800 men.  ISIS then perpetrated the largest recorded bank robbery in history, seizing nearly half a billion dollars in gold bullion and cash.   Adding to that, ISIS seized chemical and nuclear weapons grade materials in Iraq as well.

The Saudis, complicit in the rise of ISIS are reeling from the monster they and their US/British cohorts created, because now ISIS proclaimed themselves a Caliphate and are calling for the  destruction of the House of Saud.

It is into this tinderbox that this ill-timed visit by a top US diplomat brought a lit match. The Administration, for no particular rationale or clear objective, visited the perceived Shia opposition in Sunni – Wahabbi Bahrain and ended up with the mortified embarrassment of being expelled.

The Obama Administration’s U.S. State Department spokesperson, seemingly oblivious to their own lack of diplomatic sensitivities in Bahrain characterized their move  under these swirling circumstances as, “routine.”

 

 

 

 

About Anthony Mele

Tony Melé, MA, Diplomacy, International Conflict Management, BS, International Relations and Counterterrorism, is a Federal Firearms Licensee, New York Gun Dealer, and is a Defense Trade Broker licensed by the US Department of State, Office for Political-Military Affairs for International Traffic and Arms Regulations. He is U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. Melé is a Knight Templar, The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem - Priory of St. Patrick. **DISCLAIMER: The Opinions published on the ROCKLAND VOICE are that of each author and in no way represent the the views or perspectives of the SMOTJ / OSMTH**

About the Author
Tony Melé, MA, Diplomacy, International Conflict Management, BS, International Relations and Counterterrorism, is a Federal Firearms Licensee, New York Gun Dealer, and is a Defense Trade Broker licensed by the US Department of State, Office for Political-Military Affairs for International Traffic and Arms Regulations. He is U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. Melé is a Knight Templar, The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem - Priory of St. Patrick. **DISCLAIMER: The Opinions published on the ROCKLAND VOICE are that of each author and in no way represent the the views or perspectives of the SMOTJ / OSMTH**