Because oil. Where have you been?
[It's the economy stupid....]
I'm well aware of that, but since we are the largest producer of oil, so what ??
Who cares about the Saudis if we produce the most oil ??
I suppose now is a good time to ask - where does all the oil we produce go ??
*I seem to think that our last President slipped and stated that Oil was our # 1 export...............
Like I've said in the past, the US tells Israel what they can and cannot do, while the Saudis tell the US what they can and cannot do especially when it comes to military intervention.
Trust me on that, 32 + years working in the defense industry.... the Saudis rule the world, and the US leaders political and corporate will bow and scrape to the Saudis because "...they control the spice market" [Dune...]
That's the thing i admire about the Russians, they seem to operate in their own world and could care less what anybody else thinks.
Not saying that the Russians are perfect, but I wish that the US would become more self reliant and more pro-American instead of becoming more pro-Saudi as time goes on.
I wonder how many folks in the VA hospitals love the Saudis..........
I just learned that during that little conflict in Somalia right after Operation Restore Hope - a nice man from Saudi Arabia named Bin Laden decided he had enough of US Interventions, and felt he needed to do something about it, which a few years later - with the blessings of the Saudi government -brought us 9/11
Somalia has been on my mind a lot lately and I know this is off topic but we worked on those MH-60Ls and K's that went to Somalia, the Army brought a dozen aircraft to the plant for armor plated floors and erosion strips for the main and tail rotor blades.
I worked in Prod Flt Ops at the time, and I was maybe 28 years old at the time.
Most of the soldiers were younger than me, and most of them looked worried - at least very concerned.
They knew where they were going and what awaited them once they got there............
Once all the aircraft departed, a few days later... I was with another mech, and I said "look at that, someone left their hat behind"
It was an Army Cap with either a corp or sgt emblem [a pin] on the front, and no name - and it was left on a panel board which we used for our paperwork.
He told me, wow - keep it, it might have good stories to tell.
Well, not that long afterwards I was in the local Jeep dealership getting my 93 Jeep serviced - and to my horror and surprise I saw the images on CNN of Mike Durant [I probably spelled that wrong..] all bust up after his MH-60 was shot down in Somalia, and that is something I still think of because I worked on some of those aircraft sent over.
I suddenly - like within the last few weeks - realized I had no idea where that Army cap was, and that i needed to find it.
I've been searching for that cap ever since, because I have no idea what happened to the soldier who it belonged to, and I want to put that cap in a place of importance in my house, because that mission was a game changer regarding how our military operates, even to this day.
Sorry for going off topic here, but the Saudis make me sick, and what makes me even sicker is how our country worships them.
Nothing to with the economy. Its all politics.