U.S. Plays Relationship Therapist in Gulf

Why don’t the Arab states that provide so many weapons to the Syrian opposition and that demand greater U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war just intervene themselves?
"I can play a bit of a role as a facilitator." Chuck Hagel speaks during the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council on May 14. Photographer: Mandel Ngan - Pool/Getty Images

Here's a question that's been nagging me for a while: Why don't the Arab states that provide so many weapons, and so much funding, to the Syrian opposition, and that also demand greater U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war, just intervene themselves? The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in particular, both vociferously support opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and are very well armed. Saudi Arabia alone flies about 300 combat aircraft; the United Arab Emirates has at least 140.

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