"Let's put that theory to the test."
Words, words, words.
Iran would be a stable and perhaps even pro-western player in the ME if the US had just left it alone, but because of the blow-back from the Shah era, Iran has been in survival mode for the past 40 years.
Anyway, these missiles aren't just to protect Saudi, they are to protect Israel--
Israel couldn't possibly deal with the two-front barrages it would face from both Iran and Hezbollah it a conflict with Iran were to occur. They wouldn't have enough time. This is the reason for their new "relationship" with SA-- they could then focus on the western front and leave the eastern front to the US via Saudi soil.
There are people always screaming to "protect our allies" but when it comes to Israel, they really aren't an ally-- they have been an albatross around the US neck for over 50 years-- they are the primary reason our foreign policy is so ------ up in that region of the world.
The Kurds are their proverbial "canary in a coal mine" The Kurds are like Israel Jr.
Look at who supports the Kurds and 9 times out of 10 they will also be hyper-pro--Israel to the point where you begin to question their primary loyalty to the US.