posted on Nov, 30 2002 @ 10:23 PM
A perplexing issue, Thomas -let us leave aside the 10's of millions of dollars the CIA has passed on to terrorists in its time, or the fact that the
last undisputed sighting of UbL remains his time as a convalescent guest of the CIA in Dubai.
Officially, the US has been very, very accommodating to the Saudis- one recalls the visit to GBW not long ago, and countless assertion of
solidarity; while "unofficially" the anti-Saudi "leaks" have multiplied.
They have the oil and are the centre of Islam -not bad reasons for at least a temporary "alliance"; but I can't see the mileage in the anti-Saudi
line. It's hardly a revelation that Saudis -in a private capacity at least -have funded the "other side" - or that the Saudi regime is at least as
scared of the Islamic fundamentalists as anyone else ( hence the fact that they will officially always end up not too far from the US).
On balance, I see the "leaks"as a bit of propaganda to convince the masses that the Government hasn't "sold out" to the Saudis, despite the
political and diplomatic evidence to the contrary.