August 7, 2002


Saudi Arabia Won't Allow U.S. Troops (Donna Abu-Nasr, August 7, 2002, Associated Press)
Saudi Arabia has made clear to Washington – publicly and privately – that the U.S. military will not be allowed to use the kingdom's soil in any way for an attack on Iraq, Foreign Minister Prince Saud said Wednesday.

Saud said in an interview with The Associated Press that his country opposes any U.S. operation against Iraq "because we believe it is not needed, especially now that Iraq is moving to implement United Nations resolutions."

"We have told them we don't (want) them to use Saudi grounds" for any attack on Iraq, he said. [...]

Saudi Arabia invited U.S. troops for the 1991 Gulf War to help defend the oil-rich nation against Iraqi forces.

Here's another reason to lift the no-fly zones over Iraq. Tension between Saddam and the Kurds in the North and between Saddam and the Sauds, the Kuwaitis, and the Shiites in the South all works to our benefit. Add in a few Special Forces teams, a periodic cruise missile barrage, and organizing a replacement government here in the West and the regime may well begin to totter. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2002 11:56 AM
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