Saudi Arabia/United States: Strange Bedfellows in the Middle East

“What is the difference between Saudi and U.S. policy in the Arabic-speaking Middle East? It’s complex but fascinating and if you can understand the weird twists and turns in this situation you can understand the Middle East. While the two countries may appear aligned in fact–and often when they have the same goals–their policies differ extensively.

And the Saudis are not always wrong. Arguably, they are pursuing their own interests more effectively than is the United States.”

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