Is Saudi Arabia a U.S. Ally?

Political pondents have been juggling this notion that Saudi Arabia is not a US ally. These comments are surfacing during an immanent retaliation from the Saudi to a direct attack from Iran. To answer this question we need to first see what has Iran provide the United States for the U.S. to not stand by Iran’s enemies. Iran linked to deaths of 500 U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan. On November 4, 1979, Iranian students seized the embassy and detained more than 50 Americans, ranging from the Chargé d’Affaires to the most junior members of the staff, as hostages. The Iranians held the American diplomats hostage for 444 days. The worst act of aggression was on September 11 which after years of investigation finally concluded direct planning and facilitating by Iran using Saudi missguided youth to frame Saudi Arabia to weaken its relations to the United States to facilitate Iranian Expansion Spreads Beyond the Middle East. Iran’s influence and activity in Latin America is also increasing. Iranian previous Iranian President Ahmedinejad said, “When the Western countries were trying to isolate Iran, we went to the U.S. back yard.”.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the death of their citizen in Istanbul which was raveled with disinformation from many news outlets. Saudi Arabia on the other hand, struck an 8 billion dollar arms deal 2 years ago which now the USA economy is reaping its benefit. Additionally, The United States saw record numbers of Saudi Arabian students enrolled in academic institutions around the U.S. The vast majority of these students are able to come to the United States as recipients of scholarships from the King Abdullah Scholarship Program (KASP). The program, into which the Saudi government has made significant financial investments, has grown exponentially each year since 2005; the number of Saudi students enrolled in U.S. universities (including enrollment in intensive English programs) grew from 11,116 in 2006 to 71,026 in 2011, according to a report from USA Today citing figures from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the United States, which administers the program. Saudi has created The Ideological Warfare Center which is affiliated with the Saudi Ministry of Defense. It confronts the roots of extremism & promotes the true understanding of Islam that is moderate and accommodating to other faiths. The Saudi have also made a $100 million to the UN Counter-Terrorism Center.

Not acknowledging these friendly gestures from saudi Arabia is going to have its effects on other U.S allies. U.S. Allies will start flirting with other Superpowers. a superpower that does not require much to satisfy and is reliable in backing you in times of hardship.

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