Saudi Arabia has crowned a new king, and a high-powered delegation from the United States went over to pay its respects. Vice President Cheney, former President Bush, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave obesance to the new king of oil.

Samuel Bodman, Secretary of Energy, perhaps said it best:

“As the world’s largest producer and as the world’s largest consumer, our two countries have a special relationship. We are, at least in certain respects, partners.”

That’s right. America, self-righteous and self-proclaimed defender of freedom and liberty, is a partner with one of the most oppressive regimes on the planet. In my mind, only China and North Korea are worse. The treatment of women in the Saudi Kingdom is deplorable.

But hey, they’ve got gas! Buddies! Pals!