Saudi Arabia is reportedly rethinking its U.S.-centric foreign policy because it’s not keen on President Obama talking to Iran and not prodding Israel to hold talks with the Palestinians nor doing enough to get rid of the Syrian regime (the Saudis back the rebels).
But this is hardly the first crisis in the U.S.-Saudi alliance, Simon Henderson writes in Foreign Policy.
In 1939, a Saudi delegation tried to negotiate a deal with Nazis. German arms were never sent to Palestinian Arabs fighting Jewish immigrants in Palestine, but “King Abdullah still treasures a dagger given as a gift from the Führer himself and occasionally shows it off to guests,” Henderson notes. “Visiting U.S. officials are briefed in advance so they can display appropriate diplomatic sang-froid if Abdullah points out the memento.”