Even before Wikileaks, it was abundantly clear that Saudi Arabia is the largest financer of terrorism in the world. The US knows this, and Saudi knows we know. The continue to do to a half-assed job, doing enough to keep us happy but not enough to seriously attack the problem. My question, given that Saudi Arabia is not actually a major oil supplier to the United States (see Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Nigeria etc), what is keeping us from really putting the screws to them? Is it because maintaining an uneasy friendship and geting some cooperation is the lesser evil than making them an enemy? That is my reading of the situation. Would serious pressure even make them an enemy or could we still maintain decent relations? The more I think about it, the less I understand the special relationship we have today. Readers, your thoughts?
Unrelated News: I’m done with grad school now and will officially have my degree in a few weeks. Baby Chirol is now almost 7 months old and doing well. Thus, I have a bit more time and am hoping to ease back into blogging. However, over two years in the US has influenced my outlook on foreign policy and you can expect a changed outlook, as shown by my recent post promoting American neutrality.