No Security Guarantee for the Saudis

Source: The American Conservative
by Doug Bandow

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wants a security guarantee. The Saudi royals are used to hiring out their country’s ‘dirty work,’ like defense. Who better to protect the licentious elite than the U.S.? While Gurkhas are good fighters, Americans wield aircraft carriers and nuclear weapons. In addition, Riyadh wants its own largely unrestricted nuclear power program as an insurance policy in case Iran moves ahead to make nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, in dealing with the Kingdom, Washington policymakers have proved to be suckers easily influenced and bought for little more than a promise and a song.” (05/25/23)