The US-Saudi Split and the Yemen War

Will Saudis’ battles with Joe Biden help end Washington’s support for their brutal war in Yemen?

President Barack Obama speaks with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani of Qatar and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia following the Gulf Cooperation Council–US summit, May 14, 2015. Obama maintained an awkward alliance with Saudi Arabia during his administration, though it was punctu- ated by decisions that rankled that country’s government, most notably the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. (Kevin Dietsch-Pool / Getty Images)

If you’re going to undermine your own rhetoric and professed values by cozying up to a brutal autocrat, you might as well get something out of it. While maybe an obvious point to the rest of us, it’s apparently something US officials are just now belatedly realizing about their relationship to Saudi Arabia. That “unbreakable” […]

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