GLENN: War drums are beating again in the Middle East. The fighting words now coming from the Saudis the past 24 hours have been difficult to keep up, especially if you're here in America. Because nobody is paying attention to this.
And the world is changing. It began this last week. On Monday, Saudi Arabia called a missile attack by an Iranian proxy an act of war by Iran. Literally, just a few hours later, the Saudis accused Lebanon of declaring war on the kingdom for supporting Hezbollah, which is an instrument of Iran.
The Saudi Gulf Affairs minister said Lebanon would be, quote, dealt with as a government declaring war on Saudi Arabia, end quote.
This morning, the Saudi crown prince, who basically is a de facto king, accused Iran of direct military aggression. The Saudis have used the word war twice in 24 hours, and now the most powerful man in the country publicly points the finger at Iran.
The Arab and the Persian Cold War has been going on for a very long time, but it is very rare that it is this public. And they never are this direct about it.
So what's going on?
Well, I'm going to try to break this down at 5 o'clock. Because there's a lot of pieces to this. But it boils down to this, a fundamental transformation of the Middle East is underway. Saudi Arabia and Iran and even Turkey are scrambling to see who will fill the power vacuum left behind as ISIS retreats.
All three of them want a caliphate. Iran has clearly been winning this. They have armed militias dominating the countries of Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. They're on the verge of near complete control. This is the caliphate that they have been working towards.
The Saudis are finding themselves a little late to the party, and they've apparently had enough. The direct confrontation between the Saudis and Iran will affect you. It will have global consequences.
I mean, I hate to even mention this, but there are so many people in America that will only pay attention to this when their gasoline is $5 a gallon. And that could happen. And it could happen quickly.
But that is the least of our worries. Militaries from all over the world will get involved, which will increase the chance a mistake may happen between these two rivals.
President Trump is in Asia this week. I am praying that he is directing all of his attention to the Middle East. The State Department should be in overdrive, working to cool this down because there are no winners in wars in the Middle East. I don't know if anybody has caught that. But there are no winners in the wars in the Middle East.
No one will win, if this war goes forward. But the war drums are beating loudly.