MANAMA: Egypt's General Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and His Majesty King Hamad were instrumental in turning the tables on US intelligence agencies, former chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh Shelton has claimed.
In an interview with Fox News channel on the new US plan for the Middle East, he said His Majesty contributed in mixing up US intelligence cards, describing the joint GCC military forces' move in Bahrain as a timely and wise military decision.
"America thought Bahrain was an easy prey that will serve as key to the collapse of the GCC regime and lead to giant oil companies controlling oil in the Gulf," he said.
Saudi Arabia lost faith in the US after its involvement in Bahrain's unrest was proved.
Gen Shelton said he had met King Hamad during his assignment as head of US intelligence at the Fifth Fleet.
"The man must not be belittled," he said.
Gen Al Sisi was the head of Egypt's military intelligence and it was not wise of America to deceive a military commander who was head of intelligence, Gen Shelton said.
The decision to empower Muslim Brotherhood in a multi-faceted Egyptian society was not the right thing to do, he added.
"I expect calm to be restored in Egypt; Gen Al Sisi has put an end to the new Middle East project," he said.
"Had Gen Al Sisi not deposed Mursi, Egypt would have today become another Syria and its military would have been destroyed," he said, adding that the situation would have become irreversible.
Gen Shelton admitted that US tried to weaken the Middle East, but that only led to the emergence of new blocs, such as the GCC and the Egypt-Saudi Arabia-UAE triangle.