Between Americans and Saudis, business is business

When the P5+1 group that included the United States signed the Nuclear Deal with Iran back in July 2015, many analysts thought this was further evidence that the United States’ alliance with Saudi Arabia would come under unprecedented strain.

Such statement was partly true considering the growing rejection by the US public opinion of their country’s close ties with the Saudi kingdom and the perceptible uneasiness of US policymakers about allegations that Saudis would be funding and backing islamist groups around the globe.

Despite such big bumps in the road of the US-Saudi alliance, Cyceon had stressed on the fact that given the business and strategic interest of the United States here, it’d be unlikely that the alliance could really be questioned anytime soon. Indeed, an effort led by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy to stop a USD 1.15 billion sale of tanks and other military equipment to Saudi Arabia has been finally killed by a Senate vote 71 to 27 on September 21, 2016.

The vote took place as the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz was meeting the US Secretary for Homeland Security Jeh Johnson at his New York residence. Whatever the human rights and national security concerns can be, business is business.