By Nick Catsakis

Geopolitical gurus generally regard as America’s potentially greatest rivals some emerging world powers like China and India. Notwithstanding, it is a grave omission not to also focus on the Muslim Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and neighboring petro-sheikdoms. By selling us oil, they wield astronomical wealth, power and influence. They have increasingly been able to use and manipulate other powers, including the United States, for their own aims, national security, economic and global objectives. They generously fund the spread of the Muslim faith globally.

Their petrodollar billions have enabled them to own by now a huge proportion of U.S. Treasury-issued debt, U.S. private commercial, industrial and real estate holdings, as well as exerting increasing influence on legislative and executive political leaders, eager for campaign funding from


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