November 26, 2017

KNOWING YOUR ENEMIES:

The bizarre alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia is finally fraying :As the conflict in Yemen rages, there are plenty of signs that times are changing. (MEHDI HASAN, 11/26/17, New Statesman)

How would you explain the long-standing and bizarre alliance between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the proverbial Martian who had landed on Earth for the first time? The close friendship between the secular republic and the Salafist theocracy? The unbreakable bond between the liberal democracy and the absolute monarchy? You would probably have to begin by going back to February 1945. That's when Franklin D Roosevelt met Saudi Arabia's founding king, Abdulaziz, on-board the USS Quincy in the Suez Canal, to strike a Faustian bargain: Washington would provide the security while Riyadh would provide the oil.

No US president since FDR has deviated even slightly from these terms - not even Barack Obama who, while loathed by the Saudis for his Iran nuclear deal, agreed to sell an unprecedented $115bn worth of weapons to them during his eight years in office. 



Posted by at November 26, 2017 6:45 PM

  

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