When Joe Biden was running for office he called Saudi Arabia a “pariah” and vowed to make it “pay the price” for the grisly murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But as part of his first trip to the Middle East, President Biden will visit Saudi Arabia and meet with crown prince Mohamed bin Salman. What explains this turn of events? how does the skyrocketing price of oil factor in? and how should we view Saudi Arabia? Elan Journo and Nikos Sotirakopolous analyze America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and the philosophic ideas underlying U.S. policy in the region. Recorded July 13, 2022.