Saudis Make US Deal and Talk to Iran
By Micah Halpern
Friday October 22, 2010
I've Been Thinking:
The United States just signed a $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
The bulk of deal is the upgrading of existing F-16s and the delivery of seven new 747's filled with modern tech devises for command and control tools.
A deal of this kind should have been expected. Saudi Arabia is an ally of the US and has the money to pay for the weapons.
What is unexpected and inexplicable is that the day after signing the deal, the King of Saudi Arabia spoke by phone with Iranian President Ahmadinejad.
The Saudis and the Iranians are not allies. These two nations symbolize a huge rift in Islam between Sunnis and Shiites. This division is one of the reasons the United States has been cultivating the Saudis.
Obviously, the situation is far from being mono-dimensional.