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SAUDIS REVIEW OPTIONS FOR NUKES
IMRA ^ | Thursday, November 20, 2003 | MENL

Posted on 11/20/2003 6:16:04 PM PST by yonif

LONDON [MENL] -- Saudi Arabia has drafted a strategic plan that envisions the end of a U.S. military umbrella over the kingdom and the procurement of nuclear weapons. Western intelligence sources said that the Saudi leadership has begun seriously considering the option of acquiring or developing nuclear weapons. The sources said the Saudis have discussed the issue with Pakistan and China as well as at least one other Muslim country.

"The Saudi effort has been led by [Defense Minister] Prince Sultan," a senior intelligence source said. "Sultan believes that nuclear weapons are required to save the Saudi regime from Iran."

The Saudi discussions were prompted by Iran's nuclear program, which the United States has asserted serves as a cover for the development of nuclear weapons. The sources said the prospect of an Iranian nuclear program by 2006 has dismayed the Saudi kingdom. During the 1980s, Saudi Arabia was said to have funded Iraq's nuclear weapons program to balance the Iranian threat.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: goldenchain; nukes; saudiarabia; terrorstate; wmd

1 posted on 11/20/2003 6:16:04 PM PST by yonif
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To: SJackson; Yehuda; Nachum; Paved Paradise; Mr. Mojo; Thinkin' Gal; Bobby777; adam_az; Alouette; ...
Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are seeking to reach a statusquo like that of North Korea - a state of affairs which lowers the possibility they will be touched by an outside force like the US.
2 posted on 11/20/2003 6:16:53 PM PST by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: yonif
Delusional, those Saudis. Niether we nor Israel will ever allow that Wahabbi-infested sandpit to have nukes.
3 posted on 11/20/2003 6:18:48 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: yonif
Islam with Nukes....The end of the world.
4 posted on 11/20/2003 6:19:54 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
Pakistan already has them. ......and allowing it could very well turn out to be a fatal misktake.
5 posted on 11/20/2003 6:20:52 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
Pakistan already has them. ......and allowing it could very well turn out to be a fatal misktake.

You got that right.

Any chance of confiscating them?

6 posted on 11/20/2003 6:22:32 PM PST by LibKill ( PULL MY FINGER!)
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To: Dallas59
Islam with nukes: the end of Islam.
7 posted on 11/20/2003 6:26:08 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: LibKill
"Any chance of confiscating them?"

The Indians are claming first go.

8 posted on 11/20/2003 6:26:53 PM PST by blam
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To: Dallas59
maybe for them. hopfully not for us. just keep your powder dry and build a missile shield.
9 posted on 11/20/2003 6:27:28 PM PST by camas
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To: yonif
Time to stop kissing their royal butts and start kicking butt.
10 posted on 11/20/2003 6:27:28 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: yonif
"Sultan believes that nuclear weapons are required to save the Saudi regime from Iran."

Wait....I thought Muslims didn't hurt their fellow Muslims..hmmmm. < sarcasm off >

SIC
11 posted on 11/20/2003 6:30:06 PM PST by SICSEMPERTYRANNUS
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To: blam
The Indians are claming first go.

Uh, nice, but my experience of Indians is that they are very nice smart folks with little sense of urgency.

Any chance of, say, Delta Force, getting in there? If necessary we could always give the stolen warheads to India and let them take the political heat.

12 posted on 11/20/2003 6:30:30 PM PST by LibKill ( PULL MY FINGER!)
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To: yonif
Oh there will be a US military umbrella over Saudi Arabia. It just won't won't be friendly....
13 posted on 11/20/2003 6:30:34 PM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Kozak
I think you're on to something.
14 posted on 11/20/2003 6:35:25 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Allah is not the God of Abraham)
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To: Kozak
Mushroom clouds to resemble umbrellas don't they?
15 posted on 11/20/2003 6:54:03 PM PST by TSgt (I am proudly featured on U.S. Rep Rob Portman's homepage: http://www.house.gov/portman/)
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To: MikeWUSAF
to = do
16 posted on 11/20/2003 6:54:20 PM PST by TSgt (I am proudly featured on U.S. Rep Rob Portman's homepage: http://www.house.gov/portman/)
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To: yonif
North Korea went nuclear for this same mistake being made today with Saudi Arabia & Iran. If the west drags its feet any longer we will reach the point of no return and have two more nuclear terrorist poot hole countries!
17 posted on 11/20/2003 6:56:24 PM PST by winker
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To: LibKill
Yeah, it's a job for Delta, and I have no idea what their chances of successfully securing them are. It's incredible that we ever let it get this far.
18 posted on 11/20/2003 6:56:46 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: camas
... just keep your powder dry and build a missile shield.

Won't do any good if it gets delivered by Fedex.

19 posted on 11/20/2003 7:50:02 PM PST by templar
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To: yonif
yep ... that is what they're hoping for ...
20 posted on 11/20/2003 8:08:05 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: yonif
"The Saudi effort has been led by [Defense Minister] Prince Sultan," a senior intelligence source said. "Sultan believes that nuclear weapons are required to save the Saudi regime from Iran."

They only need to repeat the lie. It doesn't matter that it is a lie or that they are unconvincing. They simply need to repeat the lie. There is only one reason Saudi Arabia wants nuclear weapons and that is to fight jihad.

21 posted on 11/20/2003 8:24:35 PM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: Bobby777
yep ... that is what they're hoping for ...

We should not dissapoint our Saudi allies.

We should ask Saudis: Nukes? Sure, no problem.
How do you like your MECCA Fried?
Plain, or covered with glass?

15 out of 19 hijackers were Saudis. Never forget!

22 posted on 11/20/2003 9:08:42 PM PST by DTA
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To: DTA
I suppose it's possible I'm wrong ... but I'll bet more than a few Saudi princes and possibly the House of Saud had some idea that September 11 was coming ... oh, they might not have even known the exact date ... but they knew who the money was being funneled to and who was financing the operation ... there are TOO MANY money trails ...
23 posted on 11/20/2003 9:13:03 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: Bobby777
....there are TOO MANY money trails ...

The golden chain

24 posted on 11/20/2003 10:03:10 PM PST by DTA
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To: LibKill
Delta doesn't exactly have a stellar record in the desert.
25 posted on 11/20/2003 10:15:30 PM PST by tubavil
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To: yonif
The only nuke saudi should ever have is an American one. Detonating.
26 posted on 11/20/2003 10:17:44 PM PST by tubavil
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To: yonif
I don't think the Israelis are going to like this.
27 posted on 11/20/2003 11:36:48 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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