MORE GEOPOLITICAL EARTHQUAKES: SAUDI ARABIA TO INVEST $10,000,000,000 ...
Mr. H.S. sent this one along, and while we're on the subject of geopolitical earthquakes involving Russia, this one is rife with high octane speculation possibilities. So, first off, here is the article itself:
Saudi Arabia to invest record $10bn in Russia
Before we get started with today's high octane speculation, however, I want to draw your attention to another article that appears at the bottom of the first one:
‘Nothing could prevent S. Arabia from buying Russian defensive weapons’ – Saudi FM
You'll note that the date on the second article is June 23, 2015, while the date on the first is July 7, 2015, so the article about potential Saudi purchases of Russian weapons systems predates the one about Saudi investments. Taken together, these two articles could possibly indicate the sweeping and all-inclusive nature of Saudi-Russian talks. Of course, being friends with Saudi Arabia can, at times, be a dodgy undertaking, as airliners have a bad habit of crashing into buildings piloted by radicals and fundamentalists who like to visit Vegas strip bars, and who subsequently turn up alive. But then again, one can only assume that airliners headed for St. Basil's Cathedral or the Kremlin would be much more effectively dealt with by the Russian military (even if it was running forty-plus drills at the same time, coincidentally, of course) than it was by the FAA and NORAD, and the Russians probably wouldn't have to have a Duma Commission to fabricate yet another official version of the events while Mr. Putin was reading "My Pet Samovar" to Russian elementary school children when Andrei Cardienko informed him "Mr. President, Russia is under attack". The Russian Defense Minister would simply say that "terrorists were planning to crash airliners into the Kremlin; we shot them down; and our intelligence services will be contacting the culprits shortly with a very clear and unmistakable message. And no, we won't be giving their relatives dialysis treatments at the Russian Hospiral in Yemen either." Notably, there are not political action committees - at least as far as I'm aware - inside Russia putting out documents titled "The Project for a New Russian Century" in which they call for "a new Operation Barbarossa event" to galvanize Russian public opinion in favor of military intervention in...well... just about everywhere.
But I digress.
Viewed from one point of view, indications of the Saudi investments could herald a geopolitical earthquake in the making, since Saudi Arabia can only be viewing Washington's increasing lunacy with a bit of concern. Russia does not need the Saudi's oil, but it could certainly use their access to cash. Conversely, Saudi Arabia, while always in the pocket of the West, can only view recent moves by Washington with a bit of alarm, especially given that regime's hostility to Iran and Washington's reluctance to do anything about it. If the spigot of American arms should ever be turned off, the kingdom would be in a world of hurt (though it could easily turn to France or Germany if necessary). For Moscow, the deal opens the door to possible growing influence in the region, and within one of the west's oldest and staunchest "allies" in the region, and this, coupled with the Saudi foreign minister's announcement about possible arms purchases from Russia, might have the claxons sounding in Washington.
But there's a high octane speculative possibility lurking in the wings here, and it may be rather different. Recall those stories from earlier blogs, including from this week, about the concerns Russia's directed energy weapons are causing in American defense planning circles. Without knowing the exact capabilities of those systems, they remain a wild card for military bean-counters, and hence, getting their hands on one of those systems has to be a high intelligence priority for American and western military planners. There are two ways to do so, and one is simply to steal one, a difficult proposition at best, since they are bound to be under very tight security. The other possibility is simply to have a surrogate buy them, and pass along a "spare unit." Whether or not Russia would actually sell them remains to be seen, of course. But that raises its own problematic, for if it did sell those systems, this could only mean one thing, namely, that it has something much better that it is keeping quiet, and to itself.
See you on the flip side...
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Love the commentary on 9/11!
I second that.
Outstanding it was/is!
Another theory is that Saudis are aware that the oil age is start closing and in maximum 100 years they will remain with their oil buried under sand and without buyers. The price is keep low and is possible to go even lower (after previous scares of oil peak and lack of it), it seems that someone start pushing things away from that.
And for now only Russia might be OK with selling them nuclear technology for nuclear plants (Russians have some good ones, more modern that the old Cernobyl one type). These might replace for them the oil based energy when it will become outdated
And they may dream to be able to get some material from them just in case Iran (their biggest rival) will manage to make their own nuclear arsenal.
Saudis already have medium range ballistic missiles buyed from China quite some years ago.
And then there is this from Putin saying he has some innovative surprises in store…
Joseph my very well be right, but then again, I don’t know that I fully buy into the Russia/USA antagonism theme as I think the Ukrainian situation is more a diversionary tactic, and I keep seeing evidence of cooperation behind the scenes (think space matters) so this just makes me wonder more about what the deal is with Saudi Arabia that they find the need for so much military build up.
Could it be that Saudi Arabia so dislikes the idea of an American deal with Iran, their avowed enemy the Shiites, that they would take this diplomatic effort as a betrayal and therefore turn to Russia for help? And why else would they be bombing Yemen, another Shiite country, which they consider a proxy of Iran? If this deal actually goes through, Iran would rejoin the world economic community and therefore her wealth could threaten them, in their opinion, in the long term. So I guess what I am worried about here is that Saudi Arabia must now be feeling a need to beef up militarily in order to go to war against Iran, and IMO that could blow up the entire middle east.
Saudi Arabia isn’t really a country but a family mafia controlling a lot of desert under which sits huge but shrinking oil reserves. Leaving aside its role of supplying credible patsies for you-know-who in the 9/11 psyop extraordinaire and the bin Laden+Bush lovefest via Prince Bandar Bush and that exclusive merchants-of-death club known as Carlyle Group (one of whose managing directors, FWIW, is Sarkozy’s brother-in-law [who ever would have thought?]), that these operators are now investing in Russia simply shows what operators they are.
I think Marcos is right: that they would rather buy Russian arms than the DOA bloatware currently offered by the USA MIC. However, what they will do with it and who they are arming themselves againse is another question.
Or maybe the Arabians are sick and tired of buying over priced weapons from the swindlers in the USA. That don’t work like the F-35 the defense industries latest white elephant and what maybe Russia long range plan to neutralize Wahabhism at it’s source.
A twist on Lenin’s famous quote,
“The Capitalist will sell us the rope with which we will hang them”.
This comes after the latest enrolment of anti-Russian pro-Nazi “Islamic” mercenaries in the Ukraine. So it could be in
Moscow’s interest to strike some sort of deal in the homeland of Wahabhism, one of the roots of that problem. Which they probably already have, enabling Riyadh to offload some of its greenbacks…