As details about the disappearance of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi are revealed, its worth looking back at the deeper roots of the U.S. – Saudi relationship.
First printed in The Cipher Brief back in March, Abdulateef Al-Mulhim, a retired Commodore of the Royal Saudi Navy who now writes as a political analyst for the Saudi Daily Alyaum Newspaper, laid out the agenda of a young Prince, eager to improve relations with the U.S.
ALKHOBAR, Saudi Arabia — It has been 80 years since oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia – a discovery that changed the face of Saudi Arabia and the area forever. What’s more, this oil discovery came at a very critical time when the Kingdom was in need of continuous and solid cash flow, which most certainly saved the 8-year-old desert Kingdom from breaking apart, because the oil discovery happened the same year World War II broke out, and no industrial country would risk spending money against heavy odds.
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