Separating From The Saudis

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 14 2011 @ 7:32am

Richard Haass summarizes a new report [pdf] by F. Gregory Gause on the US-Saudi relationship:

He recommends that the United States reimagine the relationship as simply transactional, based on cooperation when interests—rather than habit—dictate. Prioritizing those interests will therefore be critical. Rather than pressuring Riyadh for domestic political reform, or asking it to reduce global oil prices, Gause recommends that the United States spend its political capital where it really matters: on maintaining regional security, dismantling terrorist networks, and preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons.