So, there’s an established pattern of messing around in the political affairs of other countries when it’s in our interests, or those of our allies, but in other quarters we support protesters seeking regime change as “freedom and democracy seekers”.
This backfired on us in Iran and Iraq - both US supported dictatorships back in the day. It almost did in Egypt, since we’ve been supporting Mubarak forever as well.
I’m sure the CIA will be supporting Saudi Arabia if they step in so we don’t have to play the heavy.
Inspired by popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, the unrest in Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, will alarm Saudi Arabia and the United States, which both see the island’s al-Khalifa dynasty as a bulwark against Shi’ite Iran.
“I’m not saying that Bahrain is on the brink (but) should it become clear that the regime is in danger, the Saudis will step in,” said Gala Riani, senior Middle East analyst at IHS Global Insight in London.