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Saudi Arabia: No Friend of the U.S.

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Saudi Arabia: No Friend of the U.S.

On rare occasions, truth surfaces in Washington. That happened last month at a briefing given to a Pentagon advisory board. The board described Saudi Arabia as an enemy of the United States and recommended that U.S. officials give it an ultimatum to stop backing terrorism or face seizure of all its oil fields and its financial assets invested in the United States.

The briefing said, "The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planning to financiers, from cadre to foot-soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader."

The briefing, prepared by a Rand Corporation analyst, said, "Saudi Arabia supports our enemies and attacks our allies." What could be more truthful than that?

The key to liberation from these Middle East dictators is oil independence. What our politicians should be doing is launching a Manhattan project of energy liberation. We have the smarts and the technology. We should have the will. All it takes is leadership. I wonder if we have that anymore? I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.