Don’t people know that Saudi Arabia only supplies the US with about 15% of its overall consumption?  Maybe, instead of “jawboning” them, we should give up this stupid notion that cheap gas is our national birthright, and start living some economic reality.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080516/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_mideast

The kernel of evil

10 August 2007

As soon as I heard about the new arms deals announced for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel, I knew it was a disaster waiting to happen. How many times in our history have we armed a “friend” only to have them become our enemy a few decades later? This will not keep Iran in check, it will inaugurate a new arms race in the Middle East…

“Pouring weapons on this scale into a kingdom with an aging leadership, and which is still the fountainhead of Sunni extremism, does not seem prudent,” argues Dore Gold, author of “Hatred’s Kingdom.”

http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/bstephens/?id=110010436&mod=RSS_Opinion_Journal&ojrss=frontpage&ojpartner=wsj_hpp