The U.A.E. and Qatar have been supportive in the Arab world.
As such, the U.A.E. is not a bad place to instigate change in the region.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the U.A.E. have the money to help and have given generously in the past.
In this way the U.A.E. might be looked upon, surprisingly, as a leader.
They say Obama officials were aware that air strikes by the U.A.E. were to be launched, even though they did not endorse them.