Yup a warning and suddenly MBS had become a puppy no more swagger that we had seen from him before, truly a humbling and embarrassing experience.i heard that theory too. However, in this case, i dont think US tried to topple MBS. It was rather domestic issue.
Yup the petrodollar, I admire what MBS is trying to do, he know that the oil will eventually run out and need to diversify, but the problem is he's incompetent and surround himself with yes man and foreign adviser.The moment KSA goes, USD is history.
They're competitors and Putin can't be bought, without Russia OPEC is useless. The only country who had the resource and capacity is China, but they prefer Iran instead which is a good choice cause Iran has the capability to become a regional power.As much as dumb saudis are, i don't think they would put their eggs in one basket. Russia wont particularly mind giving "protection" if things come down to that, despite all the "differences they had during the last "oil war" if russia gets the chance to bury US forever.