10.05.2016 (34 days left)
Time for Real Answers on War
Trump and Clinton both keep the American people in the dark.
By ANDREW J. BACEVICH • October 4, 2016
America’s Outdated Special Relationship With Saudi Arabia
The next U.S. president will have an unprecedented opportunity to put some distance between Washington and Riyadh
by Ryan Suto
October 05, 2016
The first justification for the Washington-Riyadh relationship, the politics of oil, will undoubtedly remain an important factor for years to come. However, US per-capita consumption of foreign oil has been steadily decreasing for decades, with 2014 levels below 1994 levels. The declining importance of foreign oil for the US economy will allow future US presidents more room for policy divergence with foreign producers, such as Saudi Arabia.
The second justification, maintaining regional stability, is now an illusion. A nation or a region is politically “stable” when it is unlikely to change. In the context of the Cold War, where Western-approved dictators ruled largely docile publics, maintaining the status quo meant policy predictability.
Pedestrian and naive. Can’t see the forest through the trees. Washington is 100% dependent on all of Saudi’s exports. Those exports run China, Japan, South Korea, and Europe. Without them-no American empire. Collapsing global economy means collapsing American Empire. The Saudis know this. So do we.
Another BLM Narrative Collapse. Americans Will Opt for Law and Order
JOHN DERBYSHIRE • OCTOBER 1, 2016