August 27, 2002

Reid Stott, on Washington-R...

Reid Stott, on Washington-Riyadh Relations: A 3,500-word essay worth a peek, if you're interested in such things.

If one takes in the vast sea of circumstance and evidence from the past year that points to Saudi government actions, even if only a quarter of it is true, it makes the administration's continued coziness with the Saudi Royals a moral farce. Even if we narrow the focus to the one fact that no thinking person can dispute, the oppression that 50% of the Saudi population suffers in the form of the third class citizenship of women in that country, the Bush administration should be horribly ashamed of their unqualified support of the Saudi regime.

I certainly am.

Posted by at August 27, 2002 03:29 PM
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I'm not much of a Maureen Dowd fan but today's piece hits the Saudi nail right on the head: "I'm With Dick! Let's Make War!"


It was embarrassing yesterday, given President Bush's swagger on Iraq, to watch him fawn over the Saudis. At lunch at his ranch he entertained Prince Bandar, the man who got private planes to spirit Osama bin Laden's relatives out of the U.S. after the attacks. Mr. Bush also called Crown Prince Abdullah yesterday to assure him of the "eternal friendship" between their countries and to soothe hurt Saudi feelings over a lawsuit filed by 9/11 victims charging Saudi support of terrorism.

Posted by: Mike at August 28, 2002 12:37 AM
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August 27, 2002

Reid Stott, on Washington-R...

Reid Stott, on Washington-Riyadh Relations: A 3,500-word essay worth a peek, if you're interested in such things.

If one takes in the vast sea of circumstance and evidence from the past year that points to Saudi government actions, even if only a quarter of it is true, it makes the administration's continued coziness with the Saudi Royals a moral farce. Even if we narrow the focus to the one fact that no thinking person can dispute, the oppression that 50% of the Saudi population suffers in the form of the third class citizenship of women in that country, the Bush administration should be horribly ashamed of their unqualified support of the Saudi regime.

I certainly am.

Posted by at August 27, 2002 03:29 PM
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I'm not much of a Maureen Dowd fan but today's piece hits the Saudi nail right on the head: "I'm With Dick! Let's Make War!"


It was embarrassing yesterday, given President Bush's swagger on Iraq, to watch him fawn over the Saudis. At lunch at his ranch he entertained Prince Bandar, the man who got private planes to spirit Osama bin Laden's relatives out of the U.S. after the attacks. Mr. Bush also called Crown Prince Abdullah yesterday to assure him of the "eternal friendship" between their countries and to soothe hurt Saudi feelings over a lawsuit filed by 9/11 victims charging Saudi support of terrorism.

Posted by: Mike at August 28, 2002 12:37 AM
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