Saudi Arabia Issues Direct Threat to Biden, West
A Saudi prince related to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman issued a chilling message to the United States after President Joe Biden’s request for the Saudis to ramp up oil production was spurned by the Saudi-led oil cartel OPEC+ earlier this month.
In July, Biden traveled to Saudi Arabia — despite his tough talk about making the oil-rich kingdom a “pariah” following the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 — to request increased oil exports. Instead, a small increase was quickly followed by OPEC+’s announcement that it would slash output by 2 million barrels of oil per day starting in November.
Democrats in Washington responded by accusing the Saudis of conspiring with Russian President Vladimir Putin to drive fuel prices up amid the U.S. midterm elections.
“There’s going to be some consequences for what [Saudi Arabia has] done with Russia,” Biden threatened during a CNN interview last week. “I’m not going to get into what I’d consider and what I have in mind. But there will be — there will be consequences.”
Shortly after Biden’s retaliatory remarks, a video of Saudi Prince Saud al-Shaalan began circulating on Twitter.
“To the West, anybody that challenges the existence of this country and this kingdom. All of us, we are products of jihad and martyrdom,” the prince said in the video. “That’s my message to anybody that thinks that it can threaten us.”
“Okay. That’s good. By the way, that’s just a prince. What does he know?” quipped Glenn Beck on the radio program. “Just a prince of Saudi Arabia throwing around jihad and martyrdom. … What could possibly go wrong?”