On April 4, the House of Representatives of the US Congress passed a resolution calling on the US President to stop American participation in the war that the KSA is leading in Yemen and which, according to UN Secretary General Anthony Guterres, has led to “the worst humanitarian catastrophe in recent history.” The initiator of this act was the American Congressman Bernie Sanders, a Democrat with leftist views, who was one of Donald Trump’s rivals in the 2016 presidential election. The resolution was adopted by 247 votes to 175. The corresponding resolution was adopted by the US Senate three weeks earlier. At the same time, a considerable number of their Republican colleagues joined the opposition Democratic senators. Congress resolution calls on President Trump to abandon assistance to the armed forces of Saudi Arabia in “helping the KSA air force to bombardment, in part regarding the exchange of intelligence information and refueling Saudi aircraft in the air.” American participation in the KSA military operation in Yemen was justified by the fight against Al-Qaida terrorists. At the same time, the war in Yemen since 2015 has already killed 62 thousand people. During the Saudi air strikes killed 4,800 civilians, including many children. Half of the population of this country is on the verge of starvation. Of course, it would be an illusion to consider, as some journalists do, that the resolution of the US Congress “is a watershed” of the American attitude towards the Yemeni war. KSA is too important a strategic partner for Washington. However, there is Saudi resentment and misunderstanding of why an American ally, to meet the wishes of which Riyadh is doing a lot, if not everything, allows such unfriendly demarches.
Despite the response statements it is unlikely that Riyadh can really abandon the dollar in international payments. In addition to the close military-political strategic partnership with the United States, this is also hindered by the deep involvement of the KSA in the American economy. Saudi investments in the US economy amount to about a trillion dollars, plus $ 160 billion invested by the Saudis in US treasury bonds. However, the Saudi leadership seems tired of the arrogant-patronizing tone of the American administration and the constant humiliation experienced by the Trump administration. It makes sense to recall one of the statements of Donald Trump concerning the Middle East ally of the United States. Speaking in October 2018 to his supporters in Southhaven, Mississippi at a rally at the midterm congressional elections, Donald Trump said that without military assistance from the United States, King Salman Bin Abdel Aziz would not last two weeks on the throne. “We are defending Saudi Arabia. You say they are rich. I love King Salman very much. But I said to him: King, without our help, you will not last even two weeks. If you want us to protect you, pay for our military, ”the American leader said. In the past few years, the Americans, in order to keep KSA in their orbit, use, in addition to the fears of Riyadh, against the Iranian threat, the constant blackmailing of the threat of the US Congress to adopt the JASTA act against terrorism sponsors. If adopted, Riyadh would have to pay billions in compensation to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Against the background of such American blackmail and the desire of the Trump administration to improve the economic situation of the United States with an influx of money from Saudi Arabia, the Saudis also decided to blackmail the United States. At the same time, the Saudi-American alliance will continue, but Riyadh’s desire to act as an equal partner of the United States, and not an American puppet, is also visible. It remains to be seen how this may affect the Saudi attitude to the American “deal of the century.”