Everyone is flabbergasted because the Saudis just murdered an American citizen. How many times do you have to take a blow to the head before you realize that the person hitting you is not your friend?
Saudi business men financially supported Osama bin Laden – himself a Saudi. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers that attacked us on 9-11 were Saudis. Saudi Arabia is a fundamentalist religious nation that allows public beheadings and stoning of unfaithful wives.
The idea that Saudis uphold our ideals in the Middle East and therefore are our allies is a Faustian bargain.
I know the Bushes love them because of the oil connection; but it makes you wonder what other influences they have cultivated that have allowed the U.S. to look the other way?