Pressuring Saudi Arabia has no political cost for Congress because the kingdom has no political constituency inside the United States. While some of this pressure is driven by anger toward the president regarding Republican losses in the midterm election, many senators and representatives—both Republicans and Democrats—have been angry with the kingdom since September 11. US attacks against the crown prince have prompted a nationalist response inside Saudi Arabia, strengthening Mohammed bin Salman domestically. A palace coup is unlikely; the crown prince’s participation in the G-20 summit is the surest sign that he feels secure in his position. Saudi Arabia does not need to worry about the US withdrawing its support for the Yemen war as the kingdom and its allies are capable of prosecuting the conflict on their own. The Saudi government does need to worry about Congress limiting arms sales to the kingdom because that would affect the Saudi military’s ability to fight in Yemen

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