he “has” to take that stance. Not necessarily because of his own business dealings but because of the strategery of their stance in the west.
Our policies or lack of policies in the ME have no "strategy" that I can discern and I'm pretty knowledgeable and I've been looking pretty hard. Or strategy in the ME isn't a ME strategy, it is a getting re-elected strategy, and that means kissing up to AIPAC at all times. This means that our national "strategy" is not to act in the best interests of the United States, or in the best interests of mankind, or the best interests of justice; our strategy in the ME is to affect whatever policies the right wing faction in Israel chooses for us. And while doing that, to maintain the falsehood that Israel is our ally and our best friend in the ME. We are Israel's ally, but if the winds of change ever make it in their interests, you can count on them walking away from any perceived obligation from us.
Enough about that.
Until the west becomes self reliant on energy, we will continue to suck the Middle East tit and there’s no way around it. KSA is in fact one of the largest oil exporters in the world and has us all by the balls.
This concept you have of anybody "sucking the Middle East tit" may sound clever (as so many right wing sayings do) but it is a false metaphor and seeing the world oil situation through that metaphor will lead you astray, to say the least. Oil is oil, it matters not where it comes from, other than the world market is adjusted so that heavy crude goes to refineries that best handle heavy crude and so on, but Saudi crude isn't the most sought after in the long run, there's nothing special about Saudi crude. Even saying "ME oil" muddys the picture; the other countries in the region are not under Saudi direction, the only oil the Saudi's control is their own.
Understand that nobody is suggesting that we boycott Saudi oil; that isn't an issue. The only way Saudi oil would be taken off the market is if the Saudi's do it themselves: don't hold your breath. Saudi Arabia may "control" about 9% of the oil that flows into the US, but western interests control 100% of the money that flow into Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is more dependent on western money flow than we are to Saudi oil flow. The 15,000 member Saud family will tolerate many things as long as the money keeps flowing in but if the money flow even hints at choking up. MbS will be tarred and feathered and sent back to a tent in the desert. We have all the power in any confrontation of any kind with Saudi Arabia - don't forget it.
But there is a backdrop even to the story thus far. We are currently in the process of blockading two of the biggest potential oil producers on the planet: Russia and Iran. And a third major source of oil is being held on ice because the US is trying to steal it (for want of a better word) this is taking place in Syria.
Any threat of cutting off oil by MbS is laughable.
Why the outrage all of a sudden? He wasn’t an American citizen, wasn’t at an American consulate or even a foreign consulate in America. What’s our business in it? He was an outspoken critic of a country that leads the world in human rights violations and stupidly entered their territory (sort of) in another country also known for human rights violations. Seems pretty ignorant to me.
How do you come to throw the fact that "wasn’t at an American consulate or even a foreign consulate in America" into your evaluation? Why not also rant that your favorite movie star wasn't even present?
The story is what it is, the Saudis callously butchered an international journalist, a resident of the US, who was working for a major US news outlet in a diplomatic compound without any legal justification. The Saudi's are "ours" we are the ones shielding them; we have culpability. And there's a backstory behind that too. Our current loose cannon president is engaged in an unprecedented (for the US) war with the news media, he just yesterday congratulated a swine who had bodyslammed a working journalist; he congratulated the pig for the physical attack on the journalist. In case you don't know it journalists are our only window into the workings of government, without journalists and journalism we are powerless against any abuse of power taken by our "leaders". You really need to give that some thought.
One last thing. Your callous shallow remark about Khosaggie 'stupidly entering their territory' is on a parallel with the inhuman beast that celebrates the deaths of 17 of what appears to really nice people in the limo accident; the creep contends they deserved to die because they weren't wearing seat belts (last current post in the NY accident thread). Khosaggie went into the Saudi consulate to get a wedding license.
What's wrong with you "conservatives", when did you lose your humanity?