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originally posted by: roadgravel
Without SA, where will we get highjackers for aircraft? Speaking of aircraft, does SA buy enough from Boeing versus Airbus to make it an issue.
originally posted by: Fallingdown
When making this decision everyone needs to consider the elephant in the room .
Saudi-Turkey ties take a turn for the worse
Saudi-Turkish relations hit a new low point this week after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman referred to Turkey as part of a “triangle of evil” alongside Iran and Islamic extremists.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia don’t like each other, and this has been true for decades....
Turkey’s expanding military influence is raising fears in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. Ankara now has three military bases in the region—in Qatar, Somalia, and a possible naval base in Sudan, directly opposite Saudi Arabia across the Red Sea and a potential threat to Egypt. Many Arabs resent Turkey’s attempt to establish a neo-Ottoman influence in the region.
Turkey’s Islamist government is close to the Muslim Brotherhood and thus has very poor relations with Egypt and the UAE, two close Saudi allies. Turkey is using its ties with Qatar to weaken Saudi influence in the Gulf, boost its credentials with the Muslim Brotherhood, and encourage Iranian support for Turkey’s ambitions in Syria.President Erdogan sees himself as an alternative to traditional Saudi and Egyptian leadership in the region.
Against its own long-term interests, Turkey is allying with Iran to weaken the Kurds in Syria, keep them out of the peace process, and in effect strengthen the Syrian government. The Saudis have opposed the Syrian government for years, trying to diminish the growing influence of Iran and Syria in Lebanon, which was traditionally an old ally of Riyadh.
The Saudis see their struggle with Iran in existential terms, but see the Turks as accepting Iran’s greater influence in Baghdad and Damascus in exchange for Tehran’s help in crushing the Kurds.
He's definitely not a citizen and I'm unable to find any proof he even lives here in the US.
Khashoggi, who would have turned 60 this weekend, is a prominent Washington Post columnist. He was in self-imposed exile from Saudi Arabia and was a permanent resident of the United States, with a condo in Virginia since 2008. He was seeking to become a US citizen, according to an op-ed by his fiancée in the Post. He was a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, differing with Saudi policies on the country’s war in Yemen, its approach to Iran, its crackdown on critics, and its deep opposition to political Islamists.
Iran is on the rise in the middle east and the Saudis are the country keeping them in check.
originally posted by: Plotus
The Saudi's do not need our support, and just yesterday it was announced the US was the worlds biggest producer of oil..!
We need not dance around their atrocities with a blind eye.