The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia is a tenuous one. For better or worse, it usually involves the American government siding with the Saudi royal family – arguably at the expense of the people over which the latter rule. But this time, the roles have changed, with U.S. lawmakers taking up a cause championed by social activists on the street (quite literally) against the nation's historically conservative government and social mores.

The issue, as you may have been following recently, comes down to the right of Saudi women to drive in the Arabian kingdom. The fairer sex is banned from driving under the Wahhabi Islamic laws instituted in Saudi Arabia, prompting some women to call for change, risking imprisonment (or worse) for defying the edicts of the ruling family.

According to Bloomberg, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been gently pushing the Saudi government to lift the ban, and has now been joined by a group of fourteen female American senators in supporting Saudi Women for Driving and their cause. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) is leading the charge from her position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, calling for women's rights to be honored in a U.S. ally that has proven nothing if not resistant to change.


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      JamesG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Behind that thick burkas, they probably wear no undies...
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Durka durka jihad
        C4RBON
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        I think you meant "burkha burkha jihad"
      Boost Retard
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's 14 Female senators who need to get back to work solving all the problems we have in this country. Especially Barbara Boxer.
        Darren McLellan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Boost Retard
        So, your okay with being the Saudi's Defense department and largest buyer of oil. Your okay with being the police for the region? But you have a problem with a bit of leverage with them? Not even pushing for some of the same rights we have here? Talk about narrow mindedness...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      jagd5090
      • 3 Years Ago
      When will we finally understand that we have no right to involve ourselves in what we may perceive to be an issue in another country? We have more than enough issues here in the U.S. that our politicians should concentrate on. This is like your neighbor coming into your home and demanding that you discipline your children the way they see fit. I am a female and I deeply resent the fact that our senators have so little time to work on our own problems but they think they can fix those in another country. Unless they have lived in that country, know their customs and the religious practices they can not and should not judge what should be done.
      delsolo1
      • 3 Years Ago
      It appears the woman on the left his holding a stick of dynamite, that would be enough to keep her out my car.
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      The United States is falling apart and our senators are worried about what's going in Saudi Arabia. No wonder were in so much trouble.
        Darren McLellan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Ahh. We are the defense department for them. They would have been over run by now if not for us. What do think the first gulf war was for anyways? This is what WE STAND FOR right? Equal rights EVERYWHERE. The whole debt thing is a charade put on by both parties. Neither want to cut or fix anything. They just want to be seen as being for something. Even if it is totally BS. Until they look at the 1000# gorilla called the DOD nothing they do will matter.
        Dvanos
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        I agree Jason, why in the hell are senators focused on what happens over there?? Focus on our country and fuked up economy.
        dan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        If USA defults with the debt usa going oveer run mexican drug cartels
      mikoprivat
      • 3 Years Ago
      the US should worry about their own problems...besides before lifting the ban on driving these eery looking creatures should lift their burkhas first so that they can have access to some peripheral vision when they lift the driving ban
      • 3 Years Ago
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      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure these saudi guys know what they are missing. I sure as hell wouldn't want to drive my bitch around all day. And you guys whining about our government getting involved in foreign affairs, get over it, it's what we do and will continue to do regardless of whether or not you guys complain, so do the autoblog readers a favor and just stfu and leave it alone, find another soap box.
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      There were Saudi guys who dressed as women just to mess with the police. They're the good guys in this struggle. It bothers me that so many commentators here see this as a chance to pre-judge Saudis.
      stevenh
      • 3 Years Ago
      what will they be wearing if they are going to a Halloween Party? If they all look like that, they can keep their 76 virgins
        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stevenh
        and you can keep your comment to yourself too.
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