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October 13, 2003
The Winner!

No matter what else I read this week, I don't think it's possible for me to read anything that makes my mind boggle to the extent that this did.

The question? "Why is the State Department so cozy with the Saudis?"

The answer? Apparently the State Department, by refusing to completely breach diplomatic immunity and trigger an ugly international incident between a potential, future Saudi ruler and Bush II, revealed itself as dangerously unAmerican or something.

Aside from that, even though they can't help mentioning the names of various former Bush (I) Administration officials who are now well-placed to make a lot of money off the Saudis, they manage to avoid discussing the Bush family's long-time ties with the ruling family...and the amount of money those ties have genereated for the clan over the years.

I'll bet you almost any amount of money you care to name that the Bush clan's cozy, even intimate, relationship with the Saudis doesn't get much of a mention in the book as a whole. Yes, the unfair and unbalanced OpinionJournal is actually offering a book called, "Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens American Security".

The next time I think I need a laugh, I may buy a copy. (Not.)

The only thing I can unashamedly approve of in this column is the clear link between Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 hijackers. For once.

Posted by AnneZook at 04:20 PM


Great find, Anne. I don't know that it's terribly germaine to mention the Bush/Saud relationship in this particular book, first of all because Michael Moore is all over that, and secondly because in this context it would obscure the fact that the US and Saudi Arabia have been cozy through 40 years of administrations. The point isn't that this State Department is cozy with the Sauds, the point is that most every recent admin has been.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at October 14, 2003 07:12 AM