January 17, 2006


Saudi FM opposes Iranian attempts to build nukes (Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST, Jan. 16, 2006)

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said he opposed any attempt by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, but alleged the West was partly to blame for Tehran's nuclear program. [...]

The prince, in London for a conference on terrorism, said he hoped Iran would not seek to develop nuclear arms.

"Where are they going to use these weapons? If they hit Israel, they are going to kill Palestinians. If they miss Israel, they are going to hit Saudi Arabia or Jordan," he said. "Where is the gain in that?"

He said Saudi Arabia would "absolutely not" seek to develop a nuclear weapon if Iran had one.

"We do not believe in this at all," the prince said.

US senators say military strike on Iran must be option (Carol Giacomo, 1/15/06, Reuters)
Republican and Democratic senators said on Sunday the United States may ultimately have to undertake a military strike to deter Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but that should be the last resort.

"That is the last option. Everything else has to be exhausted. But to say under no circumstances would we exercise a military option, that would be crazy," Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2006 7:31 AM

Better. But we may suggest greater clarity of thought and expression.

We do not deter with a military strike. We incapacitate with military strikes. We deter with communicated will to strike.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 17, 2006 9:44 AM

Of course the Saudis would not "seek to develop" nukes. They'd just buy one.

Posted by: b at January 17, 2006 11:16 AM

Excellent Lou. But shouldn't we send in richard Clark and Valerie Plame-Wilson undercover to get us the real scoop on their progress and dispatch a Democrat Caucus to conduct the nuanced negotiations? If we can't depend on them to solve this who can possibly do so?

Posted by: Genecis at January 17, 2006 11:52 AM