nely give a good god-damn about anything; Rice is standing there looking self-conscious, and I don't blame her.

Posted by: Gregor at February 8, 2003 09:34 AM

Get a load of a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/09/international/middleeast/09SAUD.html?pagewanted=all&position=top">this!

Posted by: Gary Farber at February 8, 2003 08:31 PM

Or that, as you wish.

Posted by: Gary Farber at February 8, 2003 08:33 PM

Consider, if the oil fields of Iraq are privatized (a critical component of breaking the cycle of dictatorships) this puts a big dent in the Saudis bargaining strength. Any free oil nation in that region tips the balance out of their favor.

Terrence, you are truly a ninny. If Israel was the model for Middle Eastern government the region would be free today. It is the only nation in the region where the bulk of the population isn't completely disenfranchised.

Posted by: Eric Pobirs at February 9, 2003 04:05 AM

I agree with Thacker up above.

And I ask you: Do you really believe that a relatively free and US-friendly Iraq selling as much oil as it can to whoever will buy it will not destabilize the Saudi entity?

Bush critics are right when they say that this administration's pro-Saudi rhetoric is an unmitigated disaster which will have long-term consequences, much the way pro-Soviet propaganda during the 30's and 40's did. But how can introducing serious competition for oil profits not hurt them? How can liberating Iraq not result in increased oil production and cheaper oil? And how can that not reduce Saudi Arabia's leverage against the rest of the world?

Posted by: Cedar Bristol at February 11, 2003 10:06 AM
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