January 12, 2016

Kingdom of Fear: Falling Into Oblivion, Saudis Seek To Bring The Rest of The Region Down With Them

"If you can't make yourself understood by your friends, you'll be in trouble when your enemies come for you." - Hunter S. Thompson.

"The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot-soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader." - Robert Baer.

"“We've seen a long deterioration in the U.S.-Saudi relationship, and it started well before the Obama Administration,” a former U.S. ambassador to Riyadh, Charles W. Freeman Jr., told me last week.

“The U.S.-Saudi relationship is based entirely on interests, not values,” he said. “It's been an impossible relationship in value terms from the beginning.”

And in recent years, the two countries have increasingly seen their interests diverge." - Doyle McManus, "The Saudi-U.S. relationship: Shakier than ever" LA Times, January 10, 2016.

Title:  Amb. Murphy: Saudis unsure if U.S. has their back. Source: Fox Business. Date Published: January 11, 2016. Description:
Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Richard Murphy on Saudi oil production, relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and tensions in the Middle East.