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2013

You should hear the Saudis!

You think only the Israelis (and more than half of Americans) have anxiety attacks over Obama's zig-zagging and incoherent Middle East policies? You should hear the Saudis. Overall, there is little love lost between most Westerners and the backward and oppressive Saudi regime, the one place on earth which still has the dubious distinction of not allowing women to drive (among other elementary rights). But… we need their oil, … and they need our military protection to protect the oil that we need from them. So both sides pretend to appreciate each other. That said, they have some valid points to make in the current dispute. They, together with the Gulf States… and Israel… are directly threatened by Iran, and they find little humor in the fact that Obama has turned in their eyes dangerously weak and naive, not to say worse. The result? For the first time since the Saudi family removed the Hashemite dynasty and became the rule of Saudi Arabia, the otherwise mutually beneficial relationship between that country and the US is starting to unravel. With as of yet unknown consequences.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/09/us-saudi-usa-iran-insight-idUSBRE9980IT20131009

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