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emonkies

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#1 11 years ago

US House votes to deny all aid to Saudi Arabia - Yahoo! News

Like one of the richest countries in the world is gonna care if we cut off about 2-3 million dollars in aid.

The bill is sponsored in part by a supporter of Isreal and claims its a sybolic gesture at Saudi Arabia that the US is not happy about Saudi's refusal to act against some 3,000 Saudi citizens thought to be fighting the US in Iraq. One claim is that some 60% of suicide bombers in Iraq are Saudi's.

Also the bill sponsor says the Saudi's are one of the major financial suppliers to Hamas.




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#2 11 years ago

Interesting. The elite of Saudi Arabia has been buddy-buddy with our government since the end of WW2. Aren't they supposed to be one of our mail allies in the Middle East? It is I suppose a purely symbolic gesture, not like cutting off the aid to, say, Israel, would be.

I can't say I appreciate entirely the bill sponsors' reasoning, entirely. Again, that's just a part of the whole hypocrisy of our foreign policy, I guess.




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#3 11 years ago
Anlushac11;3753056US House votes to deny all aid to Saudi Arabia - Yahoo! News Like one of the richest countries in the world is gonna care if we cut off about 2-3 million dollars in aid.

I don't quite understand, if they're one of the richest nations in the world, why the need financial aid in the first place.




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#4 11 years ago

Saudi Arabia got it to pay for officer training with the US, and improving border security and counter-terrorism forces.




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#5 11 years ago

I'd laugh if they decided to deny oil to America in return.




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#6 11 years ago

Dont worry, America will just invade :)




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#7 11 years ago

That - would not be wise. 1_meditate.gif




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#8 11 years ago
Nemmerle;3754598I'd laugh if they decided to deny oil to America in return.

And then subsequently watch both of our economies collapse?




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#9 11 years ago

Well it would be pretty ironic, the US tries to flex its economic muscle and finally pisses off someone who’s resources are much more valuable. The Saudi economy wouldn't collapse, there are plenty of people besides the US who buy oil.

On the plus side oil production follows a bell curve, a loss of oil while the US economy is still strong enough to implement low-energy alternatives is probably going to be a lot less harmful in the long run than hitting the other side of that bell and not doing anything about it on the off chance that someone's going to find some more oil fields, or that supply and demand will magically fix the problem.




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#10 11 years ago
Nemmerle;3755548Well it would be pretty ironic, the US tries to flex its economic muscle and finally pisses off someone who’s resources are much more valuable. The Saudi economy wouldn't collapse, there are plenty of people besides the US who buy oil.

The U.S. is still a massive buyer though. I suppose saying either economy would collapse is a bit much but certainly both would take a punch to the gut from it.

On the plus side oil production follows a bell curve, a loss of oil while the US economy is still strong enough to implement low-energy alternatives is probably going to be a lot less harmful in the long run than hitting the other side of that bell and not doing anything about it on the off chance that someone's going to find some more oil fields, or that supply and demand will magically fix the problem.

Didn't think of that, but it's a good point. If we did lose our supply from Saudi Arabia it would probaly kick a lot of people into action into finding alternative fuel sources.




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