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Reckless in Riyadh

Reckless in Riyadh

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  • Excellent article. The US alliance with Saudi Arabia is simply a bad deal. It damages our credibility, does not support our regional goals, and poisons the conscience of our country. In a just world, the US would treat Saudi Arabia in much the same manner as Iran. Thankfully, the reckless and callous

    Excellent article. The US alliance with Saudi Arabia is simply a bad deal. It damages our credibility, does not support our regional goals, and poisons the conscience of our country. In a just world, the US would treat Saudi Arabia in much the same manner as Iran. Thankfully, the reckless and callous actions of Crown Prince MbS might finally be forcing the hand of US leaders.

    “The relationship has also lasted in no small measure because of American leaders’ disinclination to criticize the Saudis’ domestic policies, especially their disregard for human rights. Bruce Riedel, an adviser on the Middle East to four presidents, has noted that the sole instance of an American leader pressing the Saudis for internal change occurred in 1962, when, at the urging of John F. Kennedy, then crown prince Faisal reformed the judiciary, introduced free health care and education, and abolished slavery....

    Today this long-running accommodation may be crumbling as a result of the rise to power of the impetuous Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. US congressional leaders of both parties have expressed outrage at the thirty-three-year-old heir for his part in the murder in Istanbul of the journalist and American resident Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018, as well as for other misdeeds—particularly Saudi intervention in the brutal war in Yemen that has turned that country into the world’s foremost humanitarian disaster.”