Washington’s solicitous, even enabling, posture toward Saudi Arabia cannot disguise the fact that the kingdom has never been a reliable U.S. ally. Unfortunately, U.S. leaders are far too willing to make moral compromises when security threats are modest. Abandoning essential moral standards and values for the defense of lesser interests is never justified. Yet that is precisely what the United States has done with Saudi Arabia for decades.
The Ties That Blind documents the many instances in which United States and Saudi interests have diverged and explains why the toxic U.S.–Saudi alliance indefensible on both strategic and moral grounds becomes clearer and more urgent than ever before.