America’s Gulf allies want al-Assad out, and they want it now. Combined with Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s natural ideological predispositions, this intense desire to win Syria’s civil war seems to be overpowering any possible instincts for caution from the Gulf. Riyadh and Doha are feeding an unruly jihadist problem in Syria that will no doubt create all kinds of headaches for America and the region down the line.
A year ago it was public knowledge that Saudi Arabia was funding and otherwise supporting ISIL and other like-minded Sunni Muslim jihadis.
And yes, that has “created all kinds of headaches for America and the region down the line.”