Jul 8, 2022 • 43M

Why America Can't Quit Saudi Arabia

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Turns out you can’t spell oil without S-A-U-D-I. Joe Biden is finding that out the hard way. Brave talk about taking on the repressive regime is melting away as gas prices rise. 

Embargoes against Russian oil — and Iranian oil for that matter — have strangled markets and political and moral panic are setting in.

Today Steven Cook joins us to talk about this and the overall connections between the Middle East and the war in Ukraine. Cook is the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

He recently wrote an incisive piece looking at just how big a player Saudi Arabia remains: Biden Was Always Going to Need Saudi Arabia.

image: U.S. Navy Photo

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