Skip to comments.Saudi Instability Bigger Worry Than Iraq
Posted on 06/07/2004 10:13:52 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
Former U.S counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke said Monday that instability in Saudi Arabia deserves special attention and warned of a repeat of the situation in Iran following the fall of the U.S.-backed shah.
"The problem of the Saudi regime is an extremely important problem that we should have paid more attention to -- rather than, for example, to Iraq," Clarke said in Madrid, where he was presenting the Spanish version of his top-selling book "Against All Enemies." Read more.
"The threat to the political and economic world posed by Saudi instability I think is greater than the threat that was posed by Iraq," said Clarke.
"I'm not alone in this," he added. "I think Vice President (Dick) Cheney, although he's never said it publicly, is very concerned that the house of Saud could fall," the Associated Press reports.
Talk about a mixed blessing. Watching the house of Saud fall while the rest of the Middle East destabilizes. Kinda like watching your mother-in-law drive off a cliff in your new Ferrarri! Yikees!
Considering Clarke's trackrecord, I find it hard to believe anything this man says.
I believe this is one of the major reasons we took Iraq. I've read that 80% of the country wants the monarchy gone - and it is only being propped up by the U.S. This is one of the reasons Osama has declared war against us.
Once it goes, we will definitely need a major presence in the Middle East to counter balance the radical Islamists who would love to use oil as an economic weapon against us.
I believe it will happen soon, and we will be thankful we will be on their doorstep keeping a close eye on them...
The Sauds will waste no time using F16's on it's population.
Gee, Madrid huh?
Well if that isn't the most chicken_hit statement. First, speak for yourself and don't hide behind Cheney. Second, let Cheney speak for himself. Ugh...I hate when people do this.
Uh....the problems in SA developed under your watch Mr. Clarke. It didn't just pop up overnight.
Funny, the fundies are gaining traction in SA and Egypt just as Iraq is gaining it's freedom and Iran is just moments away from taking their freedom back from the mad mullahs.
Translation: Things are improving in Iraq. We gotta find some other point for criticizing the Bush Admin.
Well, believe this part. Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day. The House of Saud is a house of cards propped up by the US State Department and the American defense industry, which makes big bucks selling them second-string toys. (They're always irritated that they don't get stuff as good as the Israelis.)
The Saudi "royals" (what a joke - as if one Bedouin tribe over another is "royal") have leeched off their people for decades. They fund the hideous "religious police" while they go off and party in Monte Carlo, Switzerland, or Manhattan. If they get their throats cut by the wahhabi radicals they've nursed like adders in their bosoms for years, it will be a classic case of poetic justice.