Bahrain: Emphasis on Stability
A tiny country of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf with barely more than a million people, Bahrain boasts outsized stature because of its role as a financial hub and its strategic importance to the U.S. as home to the Navy's Fifth Fleet. So, as people have poured into the streets, Washington, as well as neighboring Saudi Arabia, opted for stability. The Saudis sent in tanks. Washington kept mum. Reportedly, Bahrain's crown prince will visit the White House this week.