This is a good read from leading think tank, Brookings Institute. The article argues that the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States has been deteriorating since 2000 due to serious and fundamental differences on Israel, democracy, Iran, and other issues. President Barack Obama’s visit next week can help contain these differences and emphasize common interests but it won’t restore the relationship to its glory days.
I suggest we watch carefully for the outputs from the meeting. Expect giveaways from Obama and limited concessions from Riyadh. Obama has always been weak on foreign policy and in his lame-duck period he’s still meddling to try to improve his disastrous image, probably to help the royalties of his next book.