Table: Signs of Weakness in the Gulf
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are led by aging, ailing emirs and princes who have been unwilling to pass on power to a younger generation.
BLOATED WELFARE STATES
Thanks to oil wealth, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have been slow to invest in the private sector while employing hundreds of thousands in government jobs.
A decade after the Gulf War, Iraq remains a flash point as U.S. war ships stream toward the gulf and 9,500 U.S. troops remain in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.