Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Kuwait 2020: Re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic?
Are former US Ambassador to Kuwait, Deborah Jones’, remarks about the future of Kuwait beyond 2020 coming to fruition?
Wikileaks leaked a report that Ambassador Jones sent to the Department of State in 2010. My favorite quote was that Kuwait is, “rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.” It is a fascinating perspective and one that I’m sure she didn’t want to become public.
Deborah Jones was Ambassador to Kuwait from 2008 through 2011. I admire the her. She is a tell-it-like-it-is kind of person with a sharp wit and dry sense of humor. She speaks fluent Arabic, regularly frequented diwaniyas and political gatherings, and had an in-depth understanding of Kuwaiti culture.
Ambassador Jones’ report was brought to my attention by a friend and former Kuwaiti MP who believes Kuwait is headed in the direction predicted by Amb Jones. (As he stated, "I'm worried about securing the future of my children and grandchildren. I've bought a home in Europe.") You can read the full report and perspective pieces regarding the report at: