First the Saudi’s reject a temporary seat at the UNSC and now Bandar Bush claims that Saudi Arabia will be shifting away from the US because it no longer wants to be “dependent” on the US. This is nothing more than a publicity stunt. The Saudi dictatorship is totally dependent on the US in a very beneficial way. No other country in the world guarantees the longevity of the Saudi dictatorship more than the US. This is nothing more than a ploy to put pressure on the US to do its bidding in Syria, toe the line over Egypt, and end the reconciliation with Iran, which benefits American interests. With too many Arabs mobilized across the region and with too many Saudis clamoring for reform at home, the moment the Saudis “shift” away from the US is the moment the regime has signed its own death certificate. I wish they would indeed “shift” away from the US.
Excerpts: Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief has said the kingdom will make a “major shift” in relations with the United States in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syrian war and its overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said. Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that Washington had failed to act effectively on the Syrian crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said on Tuesday. “The shift away from the US is a major one,” the source close to Saudi policy said. “Saudi doesn’t want to find itself any longer in a situation where it is dependent.”