I am by no means categorically opposed to making deals with horrible regimes that provide material national benefits. But I am categorically opposed to giving things to horrible regimes in exchange for less than nothing:
A coalition of oil-producing nations led by Russia and Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday it will slash oil production by 2 million barrels per day, in a rebuke to President Biden that could push up gas prices worldwide, worsen the risk of a global recession and bolster Russia in its war in Ukraine.
The move by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its partners prompted a blistering reaction from White House officials and reverberated almost immediately through domestic and global financial markets, threatening higher energy costs for the United States and European countries already grappling with inflation and economic instability.
It’s time to cut the cord. They can get their allowance from a sugar daddy in Russia and/or China instead.