But whatever comes, unless we can supplant the Trump regime Russia, its oligarchs and its power-elite fan club over here will define the terms, and that isn’t good for working people and their families in Russia, in Iran, Israel, Syria, Saudi Arabia or anywhere else.
There seems little hope, however, of including Saudi Arabia in any such compromise. They are far too exposed in their political projects against Iran, the legitimacy of the Saudi state rests on a sectarian religious authority definitionally hostile to the Iranian regime, and the monocultural, hidebound, isolated, tiny and incestuous Saudi ruling class sees control of the Persian Gulf in particular as a zero sum game. Iranian advance is the Saudi elite’s defeat.
Another, more sinister possibility is that Trump is somehow exposed to the Russians. We have no idea about the details of his complex and likely corrupt business dealings — he might be in a vulnerable financial position to Russian business interests, something alleged during the campaign.