Capital Journal: Allies Fear a U.S.
Pullback in Mideast
Some Say Negotiations with Iran Represent Latest Evidence War-Weary U.S. Seeks to Close Books on Region’s Long-Term Problems
By GERALD F. SEIB, WSJ, Nov. 24, 2013
America’s allies in Israel and Saudi Arabia view the new nuclear agreement with Iran with a mixture of unease and alarm. But for some in the skeptics’ camp, the broader concern extends well beyond the preliminary nuclear deal.
Their underlying worry is that the negotiations with Iran represent just the latest evidence that a war-weary U.S. is slowly seeking to close the books on a series of nettlesome long-term problems, allowing Washington to pull back from its longtime commitment to the Middle East.