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How Biden’s Fistbump With Mohammed bin Salman Distracts Us From Saudi Arabia’s Alignment With Russia

It looks like we’re playing both sides of the war just to keep the power of monopoly happy.

3 min readJul 18, 2022


The bias of the mainstream press is showing. For the last few days, I’ve seen tons of coverage and bloviation about President Joe Biden’s fist bump with a leader of a brutal dictatorship, Mohammed bin Salman (affectionately referred to as “MBS”, by the press).

My two cents? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen a president do. It’s also a huge distraction from another problem with Saudi Arabia. They’re not exactly friends with America.

They’re friends with Russia.

There is another problem with the picture of Biden fist bumping with MBS. MBS has been tied to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Istanbul consulate.

Why is the president visiting MBS? He went there to negotiate for lower oil prices even though Saudi oil imports are only 5% of US oil demand. We can’t get that 5% from someone else? We can’t produce that oil ourselves? This is odd considering that America was a net oil exporter last year.

Maybe Joe Biden visited MBS out of concern for the arms deals between Russia and Saudi Arabia. If he is, he isn’t letting on. The Heritage Foundation (of all places) noted in September of last year that:

Increasingly, Russia and China are courting nations that have long relied on the United States as a security partner. Saudi Arabia and Russia recently $110 billion defense capabilities package. Last December, the State Department made a determination approving the possible sale of 3,000 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs and related items. (the bad grammar in the second sentence is from the original)

So Russia and America are both selling weapons to Saudi Arabia? Russia doesn’t need Saudi oil. America really doesn't need it if it doesn’t want it. I think we must be making token petroleum purchases just to keep the Saudis friendly to all of our other interests. But that military deal with Russia?

That kind of money says that the Saudis believe they can rely upon Russia to produce arms. That contrasts…