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Do We Take Kuwait for Granted?

Jonathan Schanzer

Former State Department official David Pollock just released a Washington Institute study entitled Kuwait: Keystone of U.S. Gulf Policy in which he ponders whether Kuwait is a “country whose status as a key U.S. ally in the region is often taken for granted.”

Kuwait is certainly a critical interest, since it sits on about 10% of the world’s crude oil reserves and pumps around 2.4 million barrels per day. This is one big reason why the U.S. came its rescue in 1991, after when Saddam Hussein invaded the country.

But how is Kuwait on other U.S. interests? Kuwait is struggling with radical Islam. And it is certainly no friend to Israel. KUNA, the Kuwait News Agency, ran a piece today about an Arab conference, held there Thursday, supporting an Arab boycott against Israel. The conference was attended by participants from 14 countries.