Its first stumble was a strategic decision last fall to undermine competitors by upping oil production and, thus, lowering the price.
A quiet meeting this past March in Saudi Arabia, and a recent anonymous leak from the Israeli military, set the stage for what may be a new and wider war in the Middle East.
The civil war in Yemen is a long-running conflict over access to political power and resources, not religion, or any attempt by Iran to spread its influence.
Media reports left two aspects unmentioned. The tank manufacturers profiting most from the deal, Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann and Rheinmetall, have always been generous in political donations. The other aspect is historical.