Obama’s foreign policy: Cluster f*** or g-d freefall?
When a coalition of Arab armies intervened in Yemen this week to suppress an imminent take over of that predominantly (about 65%) Sunni nation by a Iran-backed Shiite militia, the same militia that disarmed US Marines as it tossed them out of the country, the United States was caught by surprise. As the invading coalition was led by Saudi Arabia, a multi-generational (mostly) ally and | Read More »
Now Saudi Arabia wants Nukes
Now that the Obama administration has caved to the Iranians and given the Mullahs exactly the kind of deal they’d want, it’s safe to say that the Middle East has just become a lot less stable. Given the number of countries in the region that don’t like Iran, even aside from Israel, this is hardly a surprise, and other than Egypt, Saudi Arabia is the | Read More »
Jed Babbin on Israel, Iran and Our Relationship with Saudi Arabia
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Jed Babbin to discuss Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, Obama’s negotiations with Iran, and our relationship with Saudi Arabia.
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The Passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
The King is dead. Long live the King. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away 23 January 2015. Abdullah is being praised as a shrewd reformer by the New York Times. He was a “moderate.” A person we could work with. We were far and away his largest petroleum customer. We would only hope that he’d work with us! (Unless, of course, you press the | Read More »
Saudi Arabia cracks down on Christians. Will the United States speak up?
The situation for Christians in the Middle East continues to get worse, but this time, it isn’t at the hands of a terrorist group or band of rebels. It’s from one of our supposed allies in the region: Saudi Arabia. As Fox News reports, this past Friday (September 12th), agents from the country’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice rounded up 28 Christians at | Read More »
White House takes geography lessons from Vox.com
In a briefing for reporters prior to Obama’s speech Wednesday night one “Senior Administration Official” made this statement: SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I guess I would just add one thing on the coalition question — and I think this is important to really focus on, which is to say, in discussions with governments in the region, notably the Saudis and the Jordanians, what is clear | Read More »
Time To Release 28 Classified Pages Of The 9/11 Commission Report
Former Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) co-led the official Congressional inquiry into the events surrounding the 9/11 attacks, known as the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001. ” The Congressional investigation supplemented the “National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States,” also known simply as the 9/11 Commission. For years Graham has been pushing to | Read More »
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Quelle Surprise! Five years of Barack Obama undermining American influence in the world…
The American military is the most powerful in the world. Indeed, we spend more on defense than the rest of the world combined. As one might expect, that amount of military spending translates into a lot of influence around the world, far beyond the bases in Germany or the battlefields of Afghanistan. From leading NATO to acting as the last – and in reality the | Read More »
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The Saudis Grow Tired Of Barack Obama Clowning Around
Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to act effectively against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said.
– UK Daily Mail
It would take a lot to make Saudi Arabia really take a walk on being allied to the United States. Or maybe it wouldn’t. Maybe they would just get sick and tired of President Barack Obama’s vacillations and perceived tergiversate behavior towards an old and loyal ally. Even worse than that, they may just think the man is too unserious to be reliable.
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Shale Oil Boom Rattles OPEC [Updated]
The shale boom began in the U.S. as a ripple in North Dakota and Texas. Some thought its impact would be limited and regional, not global. Now that uptick on our domestic production curve has triggered a tsunami with geopolitical implications.
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Cyberattacks Target Oil in the Middle East
According to an article in The New York Times, on August 15 of this year a successful cyberattack struck Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company and the world’s largest oil producer. The virus-based attack wiped the hard drives of 30,000 personal computers, three-fourths of the company’s internal network, replacing data files with the image of a burning American flag. Damage was limited to the corporate | Read More »
Tech at Night: Cybersecurity and the imperial presidency
We’re still in wait and see mode on what the Obama administration will try with respect to cybersecurity, but of course they’ll use every news event as justification. Here’s the problem though: Attacks like the Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia prove that businesses must use best practices, but government regulation will only hinder industry from keeping up with the latest. Regulation is too slow. Government is too restrictive, and not accountable enough.
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Saudi royals getting sued for funding 9/11
Quote: AllGov Lloyd’s Sues Members of Saudi Royal Family for Funding Al-Qaeda in 9/11 Attacks Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Prince Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Leaders of Saudi Arabia are being sued by Lloyd’s insurance for playing a key role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Lloyd’s has paid more than $215 million in claims filed by families of those killed in the attacks, and wants | Read More »
In Saudi Arabia, Government-Sponsored Misogyny No Longer Controls Who Can Sell You that Black Lacy Thong
Since forever, I’ve existed within the realm of the Boy’s Club. To be honest, it’s really not that big of a deal. The view is very nice from where I sit–lots of powerful men in suits. I went into undergrad thinking that I was going to be an engineer; that dream was squashed by the realization that I have a personality. Maybe it was my | Read More »
Ethical oil’s excellent enemies: Saudi Arabia & Think Progress.
One of the nicest things about being a mainstream supporter of the Global War on Terror is that you are blessed, for a given value of ‘blessed,’ with a collection of the vilest, most despicable, most appalling domestic enemies in recent political history. Nazis, Communists, Stalinists, Maoists, blackshirt anarchists, Jew-haters of various flavors, anti-human deep ecologists, anti-Israel conspiracy theorists… honestly, by the time that the | Read More »