s Michel Kaplan, an associate with the Sana'a Institute for Arabic Studies, noted, "Riyadh's recent initiatives against Iran have included undermining foreign officials and media opposed to the kingdom's narrative. Such propaganda remains to this day unmatched in its scope and reach. So much so that Saudi Arabia's reality has become people's truth." But Iran's nuclear deal and its anticipated return within the fold of the international community upset Riyadh's design rather dramatically. And where nations sighted in relief before such a colossal diplomatic achievement, comforted in the idea that the drums of war had receded in the distance, if anything for a moment at least, the kingdom only flexed its muscles further, determined to break the Iranian momentum in its infancy. Saudi Arabia's next move would betray exactly its intentions. Just two weeks after Western nations and Tehran struck a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, Saudi Arabia went on a military shopping spree, signing deals with the US for the delivery of yet more Patriot Missiles. But that is not all. Following the visit in France, Deputy Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman returned home with several billion dollars worth of aircraft and energy contracts, thus signaling a shift in Riyadh's foreign policy and attitude towards the US. Riyadh and Washington's love affair is souring. With or without the US, Saudi Arabia will remain at war with Iran. And while many were left under the impression that Riyadh's hatred towards Iran was very much US-oriented, it could be instead that it was Riyadh embedded animosity vis a vis the Islamic Republic which fed America's mistrust. In any case, dynamics are changing and it is likely the Middle East will witness a dramatic political shift as a result. And while Saudi officials have drummed into diplomats’ ears that they worry Iran will use the nuclear agreement to deepen its involvement in Arab affairs as sanctions are lifted and its economy and revenue expand, Riyadh’s propaganda machine is slowly grinding to a halt. The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT. Catherine Shakdam is a political analyst, writer and commentator for the Middle East with a special focus on radical movements and Yemen. Her writings have been published in world-renowned publications such as Foreign Policy Journal, Mintpress News, the Guardian, Your Middle East, Middle East Monitor, Middle East Eye, Open Democracy, Eurasia Review and many more. A regular pundit on RT, she has also contributed her analyses to Etejah TV, IRIB radio, Press TV and NewsMax TV. A leading analyst for the Beirut Center for Middle East Studies and consultant for Anderson Consulting, her research and work on Yemen were used by the UN Security Council in relation to Yemen looted funds in 2015.