The Saud family depends on the American military umbrella for its survival.
Those who believe that the relationship between Riyadh and Washington is a relationship of oil in exchange for security or protection do not understand the long history of Saudi Arabia.
People my age grew up believing the world, led by the West, was becoming ever more progressive. It wasn't, and it isn't. All it took was one ambitious real estate huckster to dispel the illusion.