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Saudi Arabia

March 5, 2015

Next to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia was the nation most responsible for the 9/11 attacks. And I understand those who would cut the first three words from that sentence. Saudi Arabia has fed not just Al Qaeda, but also ISIS. Its view of women is from the dark ages. It treats unbelief as a crime worthy of beheading.

Yet we treat it as a friend because of its oil. Where’s the presidential candidate who wants to send the marines to permanently shut down Ghawar? Sure, the price of oil will shoot over $200/bbl, solar panels will blossom from every roof, Elon Musk will sell batteries to take homes off the grid, the North Dakota boom will continue, the Saudis will starve. I’m sure there’s a downside somewhere.

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