Iran & Saudi Arabia, Thelma & Louise

Why American foreign policy in the Middle East is in such a sorry state

With each passing day, US policy towards Iran and Saudi Arabia more closely resembles the 1991 film classic Thelma & Louise.

For those too young to remember, the movie starred Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, two gal pals, whose fishing trip turns dark after Sarandon's character shoots a would-be rapist, triggering one of the all-time great movie lines: "You shoot off a guy's head with his pants down, believe me, Texas ain't the place you want to get caught." This eventually prompts the women to escape the police by dramatically driving their 1966 Thunderbird off a cliff into the Grand Canyon to their deaths.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2018, with the headline 'Iran & Saudi Arabia, Thelma & Louise'. Print Edition | Subscribe