I kind of like the idea of Obama stepping away from this and letting Saudi Arabia step up with the money. Let them that live there handle their own problems. The Saudis know what is good for them and the security of their petroleum assets as do others in the region. The US is not powerless in this issue, but you can't expect to "democratize" these people at all much less overnight. Israel has whipped everybody in the region and though time has passed and things have changed, the 'rabs will still think twice before taking any serious military action against Israel. The US will never let the anyone jeopardize the petroleum assets without direct military involvement. We have seen this all ready.