Threading the Needle

12-30-2014-kerry-saudi_pm2015 is starting with news going in every direction. One headline asks Did The Saudis And The US Collude In Dropping Oil Prices? It points out that current struggles between Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Russia and the United States all play a part in the gamesmanship over the struggle for control of the Middle East and oil and natural gas are part of the equation. A Sept. 11 meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Abdullah shortly before the price drops in oil seem to indicate this scenario. What is not clear is how Putin of Russia will respond. Continue reading