After the details of the Khashoggi affair were revealed, President Trump came under bipartisan criticism for his decision to uphold relations with Saudi Arabia. Outspoken pro-Islamist journalist Jamal Khashoggi was recently kidnapped and brutally murdered by the Saudis with a likely involvement by the crown prince himself, Mohammed bin Salman.
We asked you, our readers, to take a poll regarding how the U.S. should deal with the Saudis. Here are the results of the poll (your comments follow):
Question: How Should the U.S. Deal With Saudi Arabia?
- 35 percent agreed with this statement: “At the end of the day, I only care about American interests. Let’s do what’s best for us.”
- 33 percent agreed with this statement: “The Saudis need us more than we need them. We can impose a degree of sanctions but continue our trade relationship with them.”
- 32 percent agreed with this statement: “Saudi Arabia has an abysmal human rights record, we should halt normal relations until there’s real change.”
Saudi Arabia is another evil Islamic country. We should impose extreme sanctions to show we do not approve of their evil agenda.
We buy their oil; they buy our weapons. Don’t mess with that; it’s worked for a long time.
Send these genociders back crawling to the desert from where they came. We are willing to pay much more for gas if the result is the destruction of OPEC.
Saudi’s actions are the manifestation of their religion. If we tolerate Islam & sharia here, what’s the issue.
Khashoggi was not an American citizen and worked with the Muslim Brotherhood. Therefore he deserved to die and the Saudi’s did us a favor by killing him!
We have enough problems of our own to solve. Keep the hell out of other countries.
The geo-political and economic pressures are huge, but at the end of the strategy of looking the other way, there is a tremendous loss of leadership leverage cost to the USA if we do not keep heavy pressure for change on the royal family. One aspect overlooked in the discussion so far is the codependent relationship between the Saudi family and the conservative Wahhabi activists who are a strong influence for the spread of Islamism.
Let’s drill our own oil and forget about the Middle East entirely… means more U.S. jobs and a stronger dollar.
MBS [Mohammed bin Salman} does need to be given some credit for potential modernization [of Saudi Arabia] and the USA still needs to maintain some form of relationship with Saudi, unlike the countries from the EU who seem to be keen on cutting off their noses to spite of their faces!
Iran should be a clear example. Jimmy [Carter] placed sanctions on the shah, then we got crazy ayatollahs. Case closed!
While it is unfortunate that KSA [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] is involved in such a tragedy, it is not totally unusual and lots worse has happened in other Muslim countries. After all, he was a Saudi citizen, not an American.
It’s within our interest to encourage incremental change by embracing MBS’s 2030 vision of moderating KSA and seeing to it that he moderates Wahhabism. We now have leverage to hold his feet to the fire to see to it these changes are made.
The Saudis are an important ally in the confrontation with Iran and its proxies.
We should close down all their mosques in the U.S.
I would have burn down the Saudis in 1973 when I had to wait in line on even number days to get gas, then again in 9/11/2001 after they paid to attack us. Now with Iran ready to build a nuclear bomb, unfortunately we need this radical Islamic country for now. As soon as we can we need to put the screws to them.
I am a Canadian, but I still have a view. Our PM and the U.S. president seem to be… coddling the leaders of Saudi Arabia.
Principles over profits.
The West should refuse to deal with Islamic countries who do not believe in human rights.
The U.S. cannot impose Western morality on this heartland of Islam. Nevertheless, the U.S. can continue trade relations as before to avoid increased Russian influence in the region. The U.S. has also killed foreign nationals abroad for revenge, so we are not saints either. The U.S. killed Saudi citizen Bin Laden in Pakistan. Saudi Arabia killed its citizen Khashoggi in Turkey. See any similarity?
Saudi Arabia’s days are numbered. Nothing will stop their destruction. It’s all over the scriptures. We will continue to believe we control the outcome until it happens and then we will be stunned. I don’t expect you to publish this opinion, but the scripture will not be breached regardless of what we do. We are playing into the plan with all of our actions thus far – Libya is a great example. Don’t believe me? Read Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 11. Libya is on a clear course now that will not change. So is Persia, Sudan and Turkey (Magog).
This country needs the U.S. more than the U.S. They are so scared with Iran and Israel!
The Saudi monarchy is concerned about self-preservation first, and domination second. Anyone in the way of that is dead.