Recent tension between the United States and Saudi Arabia goes beyond mere policy disagreements and reflects a difference in threat perception. To maintain close relations, the Saudis and the Americans must overcome their differences and build a common terrain from which they can assess regional threats.
Israel cannot afford to become a garrison state locked in perpetual conflict with enemies both inside and outside of its borders. The United States is the only country capable of pressuring Israel to make the difficult, but necessary, concessions for peace.
An alternative analysis of Lowry’s arguments leads to a much more optimistic view of the current dialogue between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent U.N Security Council members and Germany).
A little distance between the United States and Saudi Arabia is good, if it allows Saudi Arabia to take the lead on Syria.