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Saudi military filled with cronies, not competent: Analyst
[PRESSTV] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s failure to defend itself against recent retaliatory attacks by Yemen area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
i forces is proof that the Saudi military is in no way competent and just a "fraud," says an American political analyst.

The remarks by Brian Downing, a US journalist and political hack commentator, on Press TV came in the wake of audacious attacks on the kingdom’s southern border region of Najran
a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen. It is the capital of the province of the same name, a favored target of Houthi rocket forces because they can see it, so there's no math involved....
and Aramco oil refining facilities.

"The Saudi military is pretty much a fraud, the house of cards spends a lot of money but it’s not a competent military at all," he told "The Debate" program Saturday night.

"The Saudi military is filled with cronies. You don’t get to be a colonel or a general by passing professional tests and showing your mettle. You get it by being related to someone in the royal family or a friend thereof," Downing said.

"Furthermore, there are a lot of tribal factions within the Saudi military. They don’t work side by side together very well, they don’t trust one another and that’s going to hurt the unit combat ferocity," he added.

Yemeni armed forces announced on Saturday that three Saudi military brigades were completely destroyed after they mounted a large-scale military offensive in Najran.

Speaking at a presser in the capital Sana’a, Brigadier General Yahya Sare'e described the God's Victory operation as the biggest ever since Saudi Arabia and some of its allies embarked an atrocious military campaign on Yemen more than four years ago.

Najran: 2019-09-06 Ansarallah forces launch offensive along Saudi-Yemeni border
Najran: 2019-09-04 Saudi Air Defense forces intercept three ballistic missiles over Saudi Arabia's city of Najran
Najran: 2019-08-30 Yemen roundup
Yahya Sare''e : 2018-12-17 Heavy clashes as Saudi push in Hudaydah repelled
God''s Victory: 2013-09-21 Hundreds of Syria rebels pledge loyalty to Qaeda groups
Posted by:Fred

#6  Not news to anyone that has worked with or seen an Arab army in action.
Posted by: DarthVader   2019-09-30 11:53  

#5  Headline also describes the top of the CIA?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles   2019-09-30 10:06  

#4  I recall a neighbor telling me stories about his Vinelle contracting tour with the SANG some 30 odd years ago. It seems the contractor firm routinely "failed to train to standard." Quite difficult to train the little foks when they show up at 0900 and take off for the day at 1300, that's provided they show up for training at all.

Hardly a new problem.
Posted by: Besoeker   2019-09-30 07:26  

#3  what the Saudis considered normal military behavior

A consequence of what the Saudis consider normal
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2019-09-30 04:57  

#2  There is an interesting memoir of how an American officer was captured in Kuwait at the start of Gulf War I while in mufti: Road to Baghdad: Behind Enemy Lines: The Adventures of an American Soldier in the Gulf War by Martin Stanton, Alan Sklar, et al.
It seems that he was an military adviser assigned to one of the Saudi National Guard units. Some of the comments on what the Saudis considered normal military behavior are ... interesting.
Posted by: magpie   2019-09-30 04:21  

#1  As the yinzers say in Pittsburgh, "Git aht!"
Posted by: M. Murcek   2019-09-30 01:28