Thursday, April 22, 2004

and thank God for that 

Well no shit sherlock:
No issue currently rankles the Saudi royal family more than the Bush administration's talk of promoting political reform. President Bush's latest plan, the Greater Middle East Initiative, is scheduled to be formally unveiled in June at the summit of the Group of Eight leading industrial powers in Sea Island, Ga.

"For 30 years, the U.S. worked to buttress the status quo in Saudi Arabia," Saleh Mani, a political scientist at King Saud University in Riyadh, said at a conference at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University in late January. "Now it wants regime change. It's not the status quo policy it used to be."
That quote comes from a real interesting Washington Post piece detailing the, shall we say, icy, relationship between Washington and Saudi Arabia since 9-11. Go read the whole thing.
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