Saturday, June 10, 2017

David Lazare — Saudi Royals Bring Trump into Line

But what does it all mean? One thing is that while everyone in Washington seems to think that Trump has been captured by the Russians, the real story, it suggests, is that he’s been captured by the Saudis.
There are any number of reasons why, but the bottom line is that if Adel al-Jubeir, the kingdom’s unctuous foreign minister, says that Iran is the number one supporter of terrorism or that Qatar is a prime sponsor, then the orange-haired POTUS will scowl on cue and nod approvingly.
Henceforth, the U.S. will take its marching orders from Riyadh just as it does from Tel Aviv elsewhere in the region.…
Consortium News
Saudi Royals Bring Trump into Line
David Lazare

See also
Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.
Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced "another 7/7" and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.
Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE....
The Guardian — Friday 15 February 2008
David Leigh and Rob Evans


Dan Lynch said...

There's no mystery -- since the 1976 Doha agreement the dollar has effectively been pegged to Saudi oil. The Sauds use that as leverage to get what it wants from the U.S.. "Do as we say or else you're looking at $200 oil and hyperinflation."

Whether the Sauds can still back up that threat is debatable. U.S. shale oil could supply our domestic needs at $100/barrel. If we let them, Iran could take S.A.'s place as swing producer. Now that Putin has almost whipped ISIS, Iraq may be able to ramp up production.

When you look at it that way, S.A.'s price setting power is in serious jeopardy, which is all the more reason the Sauds are getting desperate.

MRW said...

The Sauds use that as leverage to get what it wants from the U.S.. "Do as we say or else you're looking at $200 oil and hyperinflation."

It’s the the other way around. We are dictating it.

Dan Lynch said...

@MRW, you may be right. I have often wondered who is in the driver's seat.

In recent years the Sauds have become increasingly radical and reckless. Even the stooges in Washington must see that the Sauds are not acting in our best interests.

There had been rumors that the Obama administration was fed up with the Sauds and perhaps even willing to greenlight a palace coup. Obama has described the Saudis as "so-called allies" and has complained their policies fuel anti-U.S. terror and regional chaos.

It would be interesting to know what goes on when our people meet with the Sauds behind closed doors.