[FoRK] interesting times

Corinna < corinna.schultz at gmail.com > on > Wed Dec 13 09:03:17 PST 2006




Notice this part from the NYT. Sounds like the Saudis are attempting to 
bribe the US to stay in Iraq:
The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Turki al-Faisal, who 
told his staff on Monday that he was resigning his post, recently fired 
Nawaf Obaid, a consultant who wrote an opinion piece in The Washington 
Post two weeks ago contending that “one of the first consequences” of an 
American pullout of Iraq would “be massive Saudi intervention to stop 
Iranian-backed Shiite militias from butchering Iraqi Sunnis.”

Mr. Obaid also suggested that Saudi Arabia could cut world oil prices in 
half by raising its production, a move that he said “would be 
devastating to Iran, which is facing economic difficulties even with 
today’s high oil prices.” The Saudi government disavowed Mr. Obaid’s 
column, and Prince Turki canceled his contract.

But Arab diplomats said Tuesday that Mr. Obaid’s column reflected the 
view of the Saudi government, which has made clear its opposition to an 
American pullout from Iraq.

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