Fearing Iran’s domination of the Arab World: Iran’s emerging empire means trouble for Israel and other U.S. regional allies

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A Shiite Huthi militiaman sits near a tank confiscated from the army in the area around the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa, on January 22, 2015. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

By Charles Krauthammer

While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.

This week, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized control of the Yemeni government, heretofore pro-American. In September, they overran Sanaa, the capital. On Tuesday, they seized the presidential palace. On Thursday, they forced the president to resign.

The Houthis have local religious grievances, being Shiites in a majority Sunni land. But they are also agents of Shiite Iran, which arms, trains and advises them

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