Thomas Lippman, who currently serves as an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute says in his book, “Inside the Mirage: America’s Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia”:

“United States is involved in every aspect of life in Saudi Arabia – in education and health care, in the political succession, in the role of the king, etc. As Bob Woodward(American investigative journalist) says in his book, it is a fact that the United States and Saudi Arabia have had a very close relationship for 70 years now. I think what we learn from Bob Woodward’s book that there is, indeed a degree of cooperation and consultation between this government in the United States and the government of Saudi Arabia that goes beyond what you would normally expect in a bilateral relationship”