US - GCC Security Relations, I: Differing Threat Perceptions
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Support for Washingtons tough containment policy toward Iraq and Iran remains strong at top leadership levels in the Gulf. However, among educated elites and the man in the street, it is softer. The distance in views between the government and the populace on security concerns may be widening. In Saudi Arabia, there is a widespread view that Saudi Arabia as distinct from Kuwait was not threatened by Iraq in October 1994. In this view, Saddams mobilization on the border was designed to call attention to Iraqs sanctions plight, and the United States over-reacted.
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