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To be mugged once in Washington might be seen as unlucky; twice is careless. When it happens repeatedly on Capitol Hill, you might wonder whether they are out to get you.

So must think the Saudi monarchy, which is being insulted by a long-standing ally. Senators have been criticizing the sale of 130 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia – the sort of deal that used to be nodded through the Pentagon – accusing the Kingdom of spreading religious extremism around the world and of human rights abuses in the civil war in Yemen. Another bill, enabling U.S. citizens to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, could get through, forcing U.S. President Barack Obama to use his veto. Meanwhile, Canada is tying itself up in knots over a relatively trivial arms sale and a U.K. parliamentary committee has urged an end to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Then there is Donald Trump.

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