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Jordan's Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein, right, and Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the way to meeting Jordan's King Abdullah at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (Muhammad Hamed / Pool Photo via AP)

Jordan’s Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein, right, and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the way to meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (Muhammad Hamed / Pool Photo via AP)

One of the richest potentates in the world will come to the White House begging:

King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud’s three-day visit, strategically scheduled just days before Congress votes on the agreement, offers the Saudi leader a powerful platform to insist that the United States help combat Iranian “mischief.” The king is seeking assurances in the fight against Iran’s proxies across the region, as well as with elements of the nuclear deal itself.

The visit “underscores the importance of the strategic partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Aug. 27.

“The president and the king will discuss a range of issues and focus on ways to further strengthen the bilateral relationship, including our joint security and counterterrorism efforts,” Earnest said. “They will also discuss regional topics, including the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, and steps to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.”

Assuming the deal goes through, Iran will suddenly become $150,000,000,000 richer, with more to come.

That kind of money can buy an awful lot of “mischief,” which to me is the main reason to oppose the deal. The question isn’t if Iran goes nuclear, but when. The key concern then is containment, which becomes nearly impossible after the sanctions regime is removed.