My thanks to the anonymous commenter who offered a link to this article by Barry Rubin: http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-moderate-arabs-are-horrified-at.html
Here's a sample of Rubin's analysis: "In this article in al-Sharq al-Awsat (translated by MEMRI), a Saudi-controlled but also relatively liberal newspaper, Tariq al-Homayed, the chief editor, expresses the combination of shock and horror at the Obama Administration. The conflict was hot over Egypt and even hotter over Bahrain, where the Saudis want the current regime to survive and U.S. officials have criticized Saudi intervention.
"Indeed, he complains, the statements coming from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sound 'more like what we'd expect to hear from the Iranian foreign minister.' The 'contradictory statements coming out of Washington have become more than merely perplexing; they are also suspicious.'
"Why suspicious? Because it isn't clear whether the U.S. government is more concerned about stopping revolutionary Islamism or undermining those who oppose it, more interested in containing Iran or letting Tehran's influence spread, supporting moderate Arab countries or overthrowing their regimes."