US President Joe Biden is trying to figure out how to placate Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and get his country to produce more oil.
Biden, under domestic criticism for high inflation, needs to somehow lower the price of oil. Saudi Arabia has more on hand than anyone.
But getting Saudi help will be hard. Biden once called the kingdom a “pariah.” A US intelligence report effectively labeled Prince Mohammed a murderer for overseeing the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
I am a former correspondent who, for more than 30 years, did time in China, Southeast Asia, Central America, Mexico, the Middle East, Europe and Africa and covered wars that went from episodic to non-stop. My book, "Forsaken," about Christian persecution in the Middle East came out January, 2016.
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The name of the site comes from a 1935 article by Ernest Hemingway in Esquire Magazine called “Notes on the Next War,” in which he predicted the coming conflagration in Europe, told why it would happen and warned Americans to stay out.
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