In the US, they proposed to deprive Saudi Arabia of protection and cede it to Russia


The United States should radically rethink relations with Saudi Arabia, military expert Gil Barndollar writes in a post on Real Clear Defense. In his opinion, Riyadh has serious chances to lose Washington’s defense.

And the point is not only that American producers of shale oil suffered from the price war of the kingdom with Russia, although this fact enraged many senators.

Relations between the US and Saudi Arabia, the core of the Middle East strategy, are in dire need of reevaluation

- notes the author.

The problem of the largest Middle Eastern monarchy with the States, apart from the unpopularity of this state among ordinary Americans, has two sides. Riyadh oil is now far less important than before, while the military weakness of the kingdom makes it a source of trouble for a powerful ally.

The use of hydraulic fracturing has revolutionized the US industry, turning America into the world's largest producer of black gold. The states are now much less dependent on Saudi oil, more than 70 percent of which is now supplied for the needs of Asia's growing economies. Both American allies, such as Japan, and potential adversaries, such as China, depend on Arabian raw materials.

The Japanese and Chinese warships can, and must, themselves protect the sea routes through which oil flows to these countries, the expert believes. America's strategic interest is to maintain the ability to block these paths - and this is a task that is best solved outside the narrow and dangerous borders of the Persian Gulf.

Also, the war in Yemen showed the military impotence of Saudi Arabia, making it obvious to everyone. Those who study security issues in the Persian Gulf have long considered the military of the Arabian state a paper tiger.

Yes, Saudi Arabia has the third largest military budget in the world and is the largest buyer of American weapons. Overseas military advisers for seventy years trained Arabs to use all this expensive equipment. It was supposed to mean something on the battlefield, the author continues - but no! After nearly five years of fighting, the Hussite militias triumphed in Yemen, capturing key territories and regularly launching ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia itself.

It’s time for the states to remove Saudi Arabia from their strategy as a key component, Mr. Barndollar believes, adding that if Russia or China want to mess with the Saudis, this is welcome.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 6 May 2020 21: 42
    +1
    I do not believe! The Saudis know too much about the United States to be handed over to potential partners.
    1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
      Observer2014 6 May 2020 22: 02
      +1
      Quote: Bulanov
      I do not believe! The Saudis know too much about the United States to be handed over to potential partners.

      bully Just know? repeat

      Japanese and Chinese warships can, and must, themselves protect the sea routes through which oil flows to these countries

      bully
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 6 May 2020 23: 15
    +1
    Riyadh has a serious chance of losing Washington’s defense.

    This would be a remarkable result of their joint victory in the oil war. laughing
    Joint parade, Prince Salman in a ceremonial arafat with inscriptions in bilingual yanki gou khoum and يانكي العودة إلى المنزل. A joint dance with sabers and to the "farewell of a Slav" performed by the Aleksandrov Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army, a solemn and, naturally, triumphant departure of the exceptional to their native shores. A tear is already welling up. crying
    By the way, after leaving the “roof” is inevitable, because not only Yemenis, but anyone who wants to be offended by proud, but moderately belligerent Dzhigits can now offend. This means that the volume of US arms sales is automatically falling, and growing at "alternative suppliers." winked
    If such a process begins, we will immediately understand this from a sudden insight into the role of the Saudis in the events of September 11. yes
    1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 7 May 2020 14: 03
      -3
      Well, as Gil Barndollar says, so it certainly will be. To argue is useless. This is "In the US offered" !!!!
    2. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
      A.Lex (Secret information) 7 May 2020 22: 49
      +1
      123,
      laughing laughing laughing ..... and now the main question - WHAT LYAD do we have this smut ???
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  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 7 May 2020 00: 09
    0
    Yes, that's right, an empty opinion ... and the expert is some kind of left ... Barn-dollar

    The Saudis have already fought with oil shale before, so what? Slowed it down, but friendship didn’t affect .....
  5. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 7 May 2020 07: 19
    0
    All this is nothing more than the opinion of "pique vests."
    1. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
      A.Lex (Secret information) 7 May 2020 22: 52
      +2
      An Israeli, this is just your opinion, which America does not interest ... from the word ABSOLUTELY.
      1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
        Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 8 May 2020 06: 16
        -2
        Russian, in general, the opinion is interesting, no more.
  6. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 7 May 2020 10: 38
    +4
    ... if Russia or China wants to mess with the Saudis, this is welcome.

    Why bother with them? Russia and Iran will be quite satisfied with several years of chaos in the KSA, bringing it to the state of Kurdistan. The oil fields there are quite compact and located dangerously close to Yemen, to which they belonged until 1936. The massive use of drones, the Hussites can nullify the extraction of Saudi oil, KSA will decline, the United States will squeeze out their financial assets. The absence of Saudi oil on the market for 5 to 10 years will benefit this market. As the global economy recovers, the oil fields will be returned to Yemen, to help restore production (not free and in exchange for a good share and control).
    What about the Saudis? Well, they did not fit into the market. Weak link.
    "The violinist is not needed, dear ..." (C).
    1. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
      A.Lex (Secret information) 7 May 2020 22: 53
      +1
      That's for sure, Boris ...
  7. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 7 May 2020 13: 07
    +1
    Complete nonsense, ashamed to read ....
    1. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
      A.Lex (Secret information) 7 May 2020 22: 55
      +1
      Do not read! Nobody forces you by force. And we just laugh at such "experts" -

      Each gopher in the field is an agronomist.