Saudi Arabia wants a very different Middle East than we do. The Saudis oppose democracy. They oppose freedom of the press. They oppose freedom of conscience and practice of faiths other than Islam. They oppose women’s equality before the law. They oppose the idea that individuals have rights and loan them in limited ways and for limited purposes to governments. They deny rights to their own Shiite citizens in Saudi Arabia, while advocating and enforcing the same in Bahrain. They denigrate domestic opposition as solely agents of Iran.
Not only do the Saudis oppose these fundamental values of American society, but they have funded and armed some of the most virulent jihadists. Rachel Bronson’s superb history of U.S.-Saudi relations, Thicker Than Oil, makes clear that the United States was complicit in Saudi Arabia’s fostering of the mujahideen in Afghanistan; the Saudis now want U.S. complicity in supporting jihadists in Syria and the return to power of the deep state in Egypt (a model they would perpetuate throughout the region).
I know we’re all supposed to line up and beat on Obama for apparently pissing off the Saudis, but you know what?
Fuck Saudi Wahabbia. I’d do a lot more than piss them off. In fact, overthrowing the oilbags doesn’t sound like that bad an idea to me and trashing their merry band of Wahabbi terror financiers a goal that should have been achieved long ago.
If nothing else, it would remove one of the wellsprings of corrupting foreign money in Washington. Which is probably why it will never happen.