Prince: Saudis Feel ‘Let Down’ by US Amid Strained Ties

Expected US to do more in Houthi War

Fueling recent reports on tensions between US and Saudi officials, high-ranking Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief, spoke to Saudi media, telling them that the kingdom feels “let down” by the US over lack of American actions on the Saudis’ security struggles.

The security issues center around the Yemen War, which the Saudis have been leading for the last seven years. The recent escalations have seen cross-border attacks between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, as well as Yemen and the UAE.

While the US made some effort to support the Saudis and UAE, the more specific counsel is to speed up a deal to end the war. The Saudis appeared to expect the US to somehow shield them from this blowback, something the US didn’t, and likely couldn’t, do.

Just as the Saudis are becoming aware of the lack of US omnipotence, the US are raising other issues, like the 2018 assassination of Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi kill team, and more recently, trying to get the Saudis to increase oil production as Russia’s war in Ukraine raises prices.

It’s well documented how mad the Saudis get to hear about Khashoggi, and they seem to want to show their displeasure by not delivering oil increases to the US. This is only adding to the tensions, and to questions from both sides about how viable the historical partnership is anymore.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of