Thursday, September 6, 2007

Bush’s Baffling Policy Towards Saudi Arabia

by Youssef Ibrahim from The New York Sun

Sulaiman Al-Rajhi has a personal fortune of $12 billion, his own Islamic bank with 500 branches in Saudi Arabia, and according to the CIA, his organizations have supported Islamic terror groups — from Al Qaeda to Hamas — for about 20 years. Their nefarious activities were detailed in a landmark investigation by the Wall Street Journal. The next day, the New York Times quoted senior American officials expressing "frustration with the Saudi government" and accusing it of both "significant efforts to undermine the Iraqi government" and "obstructing a number of other American foreign policy initiatives." Then, lo and behold, the Bush administration decided to sell billions of dollars of "advanced satellite-guided bombs, upgrades to its fighters, and new naval vessels" to that very same Saudi Arabia. Incoherent Middle East policy is an established hallmark of this administration, but continuing to coddle the very same guys who are arming jihadist Islam against the West and around the globe is over the top.

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