The Special U.S.-Saudi Relationship Has Outlived Its Usefulness

With any new presidency and shift in administration, particularly when there is a transition in ideology, we tend to expect some change in foreign policy priorities. And the U.S.-Saudi relationship has been a priority for nearly 70 years now, with cooperation on everything from military intelligence to oil. But as many critics will be quick to point out, this might be one relationship that we should treat with a little less benevolence, recognizing the strains caused by the 9/11 attacks, multiple human rights concerns, and a lessening dependence on foreign oil.


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