Book Review of Thicker Than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia written by Rachel Bronson
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A widely held view in the United States of the US-Saudi Arabian relationship goes something like this: For six decades, one of the few constants in American foreign policy has been the special relationship with Saudi Arabia forged by President Roosevelt shortly after the cessation of conflict in Europe. Since that time, the United States has offered military protection to the Saudi royal family in return for the free flow of relatively cheap oil. Every president since Franklin Rooseevelt has stuck by this deal, and the Saudis have kept their part of the bargain by building excess oil capacity and being a swing producer to moderate any oil price spikes. For its part, the United States has also championed Saudi causes in international organizations such as the World Trade Organizattion. While in the OPEC oil cartel, the Saudis have been the voice of moderation...
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