‘America and its best friend in the Gulf may be in for a difficult break-up. Saudi Arabia’s ruling family is upset with changes to US foreign policy. The worst case-scenario for Washington could be a disruption to oil supplies, however, White House officials insist the row is no big deal. But as RT’s Gayane Chichakyan explains, they’ve been wrong before (23 Oct 2013)’.
The special relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia dates back to the days of FDR: “The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has always been a marriage of convenience, not affection. As the result of a bargain struck between President Roosevelt and Saudi Arabia’s founding king in 1945, Americans bought Saudi Arabian oil, and the Saudis bought American planes, American weapons, American construction projects, and American know-how. In exchange, the Saudis got modernization, education, and security. The marriage of convenience suited both sides [until now, it seems]”.
 “Today in History – King Abdulaziz and President Roosevelt Meeting “SUSRIS (14 February 2011). http://susris.com/2011/02/14/today-in-history-king-abdulaziz-and-president-roosevelt-meeting/.,