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December 02, 2002

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Ripping-Good Mark Steyn Column on Bush's Indefensible Relationship With the Saudis: Excerpt:

Effectively, there's no US ambassador to Saudi Arabia but a whole platoon of Saudi ambassadors to the US -- Prince Bandar and full supporting chorus.

And what was he doing with Bush at the ranch in September? Most heads of government don't get invited to Crawford. As I've said before, Australia's John Howard, unlike Crown Prince Abdullah, is a real ally in the war on terror, but he's still waiting for ranch privileges; Alberta, not Saudi Arabia, is America's principal foreign source of energy, but premier Ralph Klein can't get past the assistant deputy under-secretary. Meanwhile, Bandar, a humble ambassador from an economically moribund theocratic dictatorship, gets received like a head of state. Nothing quite explains the administration's willingness to assist the Saudis in making a mockery of America's war on terror. Even murkier rumours that the royal house has the goods on Bush and Cheney for some dark oil-biz shenanigans can't account for the scale of the administration's denial. We have a huge Saudi-financed pile of American corpses, the Saudis are openly unco-operative, and meanwhile back at the ranch it's ribs with Princess Haifa.

Speaking of Steyn, have you seen his handsome new website? Where you can buy his new book of post-Sept. 11 essays? Soon as I get this modem installed, I'm-a order me a couple.

Posted by at December 2, 2002 01:24 PM

Fantastic piece. Well worth reading. Only attribution in the whole piece is to Mr. Welch, by the way.

Posted by: Joel at December 4, 2002 01:12 PM

were those pork or beef ribs w/princess haifa?

Posted by: Kevin at December 5, 2002 09:42 PM
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