Ryan Crocker who was the US Ambassador to Iraq in 2007 has this surprising report. He's just back from a Middle East visit and the locals are debating two theories about the US: One theory is that the US has been sidelined while Russia, Iran and Syria dominate. The other theory is that the US is an active fourth member of the Russia-Iran axis. Noteworthy for them is the US decision to fund Iran's hegemonic outreach by releasing billions.
Article at Power Line, "An Axis of Three or Four?"