As Michael Rubin says, it’s hard to love the Saudis. But still…they’re valuable allies, they’ve been there for seventy-odd years, and although they treat women abominably, and export radical Islamist ideology via their global network of religious schools and compliant mosques and imams, it’s hard to justify President Obama’s gratuitous insults in recent weeks. He’s complained that they want to be “free riders.” He’s visibly annoyed that the Saudis want him to join their campaign against the Islamic Republic of Iran, and pay for it with American blood and treasure. Indeed, he’s called on the royal family to find a way to “share” the region with the Iranians.
I dunno, I am not sure the Saudi’s or any other Islamic state could ever be considered an ally.
There are no friends, no hearts and minds, to be won among Muslim nations.
Islam makes it so.