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Saudi Arabia Is More A Friend Than Enemy To The United States

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Started: 7/5/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Before I start, let me thank BenJWasson for suggesting we have this debate, it was his idea, I'm just hosting it.

Opening Argument

Saudi Arabia has proven more than once to be a controversial 'ally' to the United States. The United States had only uses Saudi Arabia as a potential American ally for two reasons, both of which have become null. The United States primarily became a strong ally of Saudi Arabia in order to acquire cheap and confirmed oil [1] after the Iranian Revolution which toppled the American proxy of the Shah [2] and created the energy embargo onto Tehran. The United States then took hold of the open-armed Saudi Monarchy who used American necessity and hunger for oil in return for a blind eye in support for anti-Shi'ite insurgencies support and Wahhabist financing [3]. The second reason for American involvement as an ally to Saudi Arabia became even stronger as the Russian Federation started advancing it's ideals in the Middle East in order to secure a hold in the geopolitics of the region, which has been shown as successful and well-known, today [4]. Russia proved an extremely strong ally to Iran pushing the rival of Iran, Saudi Arabia, into a stronger tie of diplomacy with the United States, making both nations highly enamored with each other under the foundation of anti-Tehran ideals and exchange of energy for socio-political Saudi expansion.

Post 9/11, the unofficial alliance of energy for American silence cracked open very wide. Saudi Arabia has been a proven culprit for putting a blind eye to wealthy individuals with heavy ties to the Saudi monarchy and government financing to Sunni terrorist groups, such as Al-Qaeda, which gave evidence of Saudi Arabia being a secondary culprit of the attacks in 9/11. The Saudi Financial Branch has not directly siphoned finances into terrorist groups but instead to known Wahhabist sympathizers which have directly given money to terrorist organizations attempting to violently advance the fundamentalist Islamic agenda [5]. Public and international outcry has been prevalent and useful in breaking through the immoral and proven Saudi fundamentalist financing of groups [6] known to hold physical ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and others in exchange for American protection from international sanction in groups such as the United Nations Security Council which needs unanimous voting in order to take international action [7]. The use of fracking in the US has also paved the way for greater energy independence and less use of shady diplomatic deals with nations like Saudi Arabia in order to meet basic energy necessities [8]. This allows the US to break free from the previous use of Saudi blind eye agreements to uphold more of the 'American liberties and ideals of foreign policy' which Washington so adheres to.

Iran is turning into an ally of the United States after the Nuclear deal has been struck which ended economic sanctions on Iran by Washington, exponentially rising diplomatic relations between the two nations [9]. Iran has become less and less aggressive with the government reforms and liberties being granted to the people, opening further opportunities with the West. Russia has also taken a less aggressive stance to the United States in Iran by supporting the nuclear deal and giving more freedoms and power the the long-term and key ally. Saudi Arabia was against the deal, obviously, because it would limit their powers and use of the US veto power as a puppet. Conclusively, Iran is no longer a common enemy of the United States and the threat of Iranian aggression in igniting a war against Saudi Arabia (Which was unlikely in the first place) has become an even lesser probability.

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