What is remarkable is that it [Saudi leaders twisting Cheney's arm awhile back] is being stated by the Saudi leadership and published in the press. The Saudis are usually circumspect. If they are leaking this sort of thing, their hair must be on fire with anxiety.So let's add it up. The American people overwhelming want, at a minimum, a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The Saudi's have their "hair on fire" about the possiblity that the U.S. may be leaving. Which policy will the President decide to honor?
Today the Washington Post buries this sensation on page A23: Saudi Ambassador Abruptly Resigns, Leaves Washington. The ambassador, Prince Turki al-Faisal, is the former head of the Saudi intelligence services, a serious player in the Saudi power game.
The usual "to spend time with his family" is given as official reason for the sudden resignation but that is of course bullshit. As is WaPo's speculation about illness of Prince Turki's brother. Steve Clemons' explanation of backstabbing in Riyadh does not sound credible to me either. So why is the ambassador being recalled?
The relations beween Washington and Riyadh are now tanking fast.
As was just published, in the first half of this year (newer numbers are not yet available) Saudi Arabia has moved further away from the Dollar and put a bigger share of its reserves into Euros.
Today the Saudi Arabia's National Air Services annouced to spend $2 billion on new planes, mostly European Airbuses, no Boeings.
While the Saudi "offer" for cheaper oil was on the table earlier, the Saudi Arabian oil minister now calls for serious production cuts by OPEC.
Also today 30 prominent Saudi clerics have called for Sunnis worldwide to mobilize against Iraqi Shiites.
The last issue can be seen as an open declaration of war against U.S. troops in Iraq and their allies in the mostly Shia Iraqi army. Such a call to the weapons could never have happend without the explicite agreement of the highest authorities in Rihyad.
I'm a very lucky person with every allergy known to man but still happy to be enjoying a wonderful life living in the best place in the world!