with such wonderful "friends," who needs enemies?

As a response to the civil war in Libya, President Obama is reportedly asking the Saudis to help the rebels.

America has asked Saudi Arabia to supply weapons to Libyan rebels in Benghazi fighting the Gaddafi regime.

The move is seen as a bid to avoid direct U.S. military involvement in the country's troubles.

So far, the Saudi royal family has not responded to the request, according to The Independent. Its head, King Abdullah, was the target of an assassination attempt last year by Gaddafi.

It's easy to point the finger at Barack Obama here, but the fact is that the U.S. is hopelessly in bed with the Saudis, and we have been ever since the country's creation in the 1930s.

Then and now, it's all about Wahhabi petrodollars.

Saudi Arabia has boosted its oil production to cushion against the weakened flows from Libya, where a de facto civil war has cut output by at least three-quarters from 1.58m barrels a day. But Riyadh has yet to provide details of how much it is pumping right now - a critical question as oil prices race towards $120 a barrel.

The Narrative is that the Saudis are our friends. Yet Wahhabism is the dominant force behind the radical Jihadism which has sworn to destroy the West, and the Saudis have directed their countless billions into promoting it around the world. Were it not for oil, their fanatic version of Islam would be something we might read about in the National Geographic. Instead, it's Wahhabi hegemony -- paid for with almost every drive.

It is an impossible predicament which literally defies analysis. We are hopelessly stuck being friends with an implacable enemy.

Don't ask me for answers. All I have been able to do is stare at the map of the Ottoman Empire in 1914 and engage in hopeless alternative history fantasizing.


The Ottomans had the place for centuries, and I think they did a better job -- especially with Wahhabism.

MORE: Via Glenn Reynolds, here's more evidence of the federal love affair with Wahhabism. "White House to liberal-minded Muslims: drop dead":

White House officials are boosting the visibility and clout of Islamic revivalist groups in the United States, and are sidelining the growing network of liberal-minded, modern American Muslims.

The White House is doing the bidding of their Saudi masters. 

posted by Eric on 03.07.11 at 12:10 PM


The US is to some extent materially isolated from the Saudis. We get the bulk of our non-locally produced oil from Mexico and Canada. It is the Europeans who are in trouble.

But since oil is fungible we are all in trouble. More US production is a very good idea.

Maybe President Palin can get things moving.

M. Simon   ·  March 7, 2011 5:45 PM

We have some isolation, yes, but keep in mind the number of government officials who, upon retirement, seem to end up working for the Saudis.

I do think we have a serious problem that is going to be a serious problem until we manage to 1)find an alternative to oil (not likely) or 2) exploit our own resources and start exporting instead of importing (thereby reducing the Saudi income at least somewhat). The 3rd alternative, I'd rather not contemplate (take over the Saudi oil fields).

Kathy Kinsley   ·  March 7, 2011 6:03 PM


Your alternate history fantasizing is starting about 500 years too late. The right place is back in 1476, when Sultan Murad II (the Conquerer) had Vlad the Impaler assassinated - because he was terrified of what might happen if Vlad managed to keep the throne.

(Shameless plug - yes, I wrote that story. It's being published this month. More info at my website)

Kate   ·  March 8, 2011 10:58 AM

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