Wayward Ally: US 'Trying to Scare Saudis Into Submission' and It's Working

© AFP 2023 / YURI GRIPAS US President Barack Obama speaks with King Salman (L) of Saudi Arabia during their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC on September 4, 2015
US President Barack Obama speaks with King Salman (L) of Saudi Arabia during their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC on September 4, 2015 - Sputnik International
Unhappy with Saudi Arabia's growing assertiveness, the United States has tried to force Riyadh to be more responsive to Washington's interest and concerns, political analyst Bogdan Bezpalko told Radio Sputnik.

"Relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States are deteriorating and Sputnik's latest poll shows this," the analyst said.

The survey, released on Tuesday, revealed that 68 percent of Americans wanted the Obama administration to stop, completely or partially, backing Riyadh until the oil kingdom provides evidence that it is not sponsoring terrorist organizations.

This does not seem to bother US policymakers, because they don't want to sever ties with one of Washington's closest allies in the Middle East. Their agenda seems to be focused on bringing Riyadh back to the fold.

"US leadership is to an extent trying to scare Saudi rulers to make them more compliant and accommodating with regard to those major political projects that the US is carrying out around the world," Bezpalko noted.

Saudi Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman (2nd L), who is the desert kingdom's deputy crown prince and second-in-line to the throne, arrives at the closing session of the 4th Summit of Arab States and South American countries held in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on November 11, 2015 - Sputnik International
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In addition, Riyadh, according to the analyst, "must understand that a cold spell with the US, opposite stance on low oil prices that affect the Saudi economy, as well as the kingdom's wish to cooperate with Russia on arms deliveries – all of this is unacceptable for US elites."

Saudi Arabia's shady dealings with terrorism do not seem to be on this list. After all, US intelligence services have been aware of Riyadh sponsoring terrorists for a long time, he added.

Alex Beinstein, a Republican Candidate for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, called the oil kingdom "the true devil with respect to Islamic terror."

The Saudi "government itself was supporting Bin Laden until he was killed in 2011," he told Radio Sputnik, citing Seymour M. Hersh's reporting on the issue. "There are numerous intelligence reports that something like $700 million flowed out of the country in the year 2014 to groups like al-Qaeda, [al-Nusra Front and Daesh], etc."

Beinstein maintained that the US should add Saudi Arabia to the list of countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism. He also suggested that all assets and property that Saudi officials with links to terrorism have in the US should be frozen.

Finally, "we should reduce commercial ties between the two countries. It does not make sense for money to flow out of this county" so that the Saudis could use these funds to aid terrorists.

This surely looks like a correct course of action, but Washington will follow a different path. Bezpalko believes that the current cold spell will pass and the US relations with the US will revert back to normal.

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