July 30, 2007

STANDING WITH WEINER & NADS:

Saudis 'destabilising Iraq' (Press Association, Jul 30, 2007)

The US ambassador to the United Nations has accused ally Saudi Arabia of undermining efforts to stabilise Iraq.

Zalmay Khalilzad's comments follow word from a senior defence official that a planned US weapons sale to Saudi Arabia and other moderate Gulf states was expected to be a topic this week when US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and defence secretary Robert Gates visit the Middle East. [...]

On their trip, Ms Rice and Mr Gates are expected to ask Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for greater co-operation in Iraq. The United States says it will push for writing off millions in Iraqi debt dating to the Saddam Hussein era and security help for the government of Iraq's prime minister Nouri Maliki.

Two House Democrats, Representatives Anthony Weiner and Jerrold Nadler of New York, said they would introduce legislation to block the Saudi arms deal. "We need to send a crystal clear message to the Saudi Arabian government that their tacit approval of terrorism can't go unpunished," Weiner said in New York.

Weiner and Nadler noted that that 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11 2001, were Saudi citizens.


You have to try pretty hard to hand those two the moral high ground, but they have it here.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2007 6:58 AM
Comments

I never understood why Kerry didn't run with hard rhetoric against Saudi Arabia in 2004. Hillary will beat up the Sauds next year the way Bill beat up China in 1994, and be just as sincere about it...

Posted by: b at July 30, 2007 12:33 PM

Did I say 1994? I meant 1992, of course. By 1994 Bill had long since jettisoned any pretense to caring about moral principles in foreign policy...

Posted by: b at July 30, 2007 12:43 PM
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