The Saudis’ decision to produce less oil rocks the relationship with the United States

There is water in oil. The old alliance, sealed in 1945 between the founder of the kingdom Ibn Saud and President Roosevelt and which can be summarized by your oil against your security, has certainly seen others. During the four Arab-Israeli wars of the 20th century or even in 2001, no one in New York has forgotten that 15 of the 19 suicide bombers of September 11 were Saudis.

It prevents. Saudi Arabia’s decision to cut oil production is a slap in the face for the Biden administration. Decided on October 5, in concert with Russia, the other heavyweight of the cartel of the 13 OPEC + exporting countries, the measure will drive up prices. This is exactly what the Americans did not want. This will further fill the coffers of Moscow to wage its war in Ukraine. And that will favor inflation in the United States one month before the midterm elections…

US lawmakers call for sanctions

In July 2022, Joe Biden swallowed his hat when meeting Prince Mohamed bin Salman, says MBS. Biden had promised to make MBS an outcast for ordering the assassination of Saudi dissident and US resident Jamal Khashoggi. In exchange for this check with a public fist, Washington thought it had secured an oil commitment.

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Three months later, Americans consider themselves betrayed. Representatives in the House and the Senate are calling for sanctions, even to reconsider the military presence in Arabia. Unlikely. The two countries still have too many interests in common.

But like the Saudis, who realized in 2019 that the American umbrella had holes when Washington failed to react to Iranian attacks on their oil installations, the Americans are finding that their ally is not 100% reliable.

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