The Saudis appear to be sophisticated diplomatically, not militarily.
To the extent that hiring mercenaries is a diplomatic rather than a military action I agree. But remember they did get F-15 fighters. And unlike most of the other Arab/Persian countries they put a lot of effort into training their pilots and ground crews.
I'm not saying they wouldn't buy nukes. I'm just saying that if they bought them they would take delivery. And their diplomatic sophistication would make darn sure nobody knew about it until the weapons were received, deployed and ready to go.
posted on 12/30/2010 12:59:12 PM PST
(There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
The ‘al-Qaeda will take over’ line has been used by the Pakistanis effectively. Even GWB talked about it in Decision Points. The Pakistani nuclear programme is very secure as the Pakistani army, is a very professional unit. And Pakistani-Saudi strategic cooperation stretches back decades.
Assuming that the Debka story is credible, your point about Iran dispatching F-14s is a bit far fetched even if we are talking about all out war. For one, there are virtually hundreds of civilian aircraft flying from the Arabian Sea across to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). There’s little chance the Iranians or most nations have the assets to single out Saudi civilian aircraft.
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