Tensions are growing over missing American green card holder but fracking and shale gas help calm Saudi oil embargo threats.
While America was transfixed with the sordid spectacle of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the news that really can have international impact was playing out in Istanbul, Turkey. On Thursday its ramifications began being felt in this country. Thanks to our shale industry, however, President Trump will have many more options going forward than otherwise.
Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian journalist who has been highly critical of the ruling House of Saud. A columnist for the Washington Post, Khashoggi was a permanent resident of the United States. He also has been a thorn in the side of the de facto Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Readers of this blog will know that I’ve written about “MbS” before. He is part reformer (opening up new avenues for Saudi women), part irresponsibly aggressive international leader (kidnapping the Lebanese President; getting involved in a reckless war in Yemen), and part thin-skinned autocrat (ordering many of his own royal family held at a Saudi hotel on corruption charges).