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Clinton (slick) Says U.S. Still Needs Troops in Saudi
Reuters ^ | 1-20-2002 | Mona Megalli

Posted on 01/20/2002 9:05:50 AM PST by Trailer Trash

Clinton Says U.S. Still Needs Troops in Saudi
January 20, 2002 7:27 am EST

By Mona Megalli

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The United States needs to maintain its controversial troop presence in Saudi Arabia as in other strategic locations to ensure rapid response to regional threats, former President Bill Clinton said Sunday.

Clinton, addressing the Jeddah Economic Forum, referred briefly to the presence of some 5,000 U.S. troops and thousands of American civilians on Saudi soil. He did not discuss the recent debate over whether the United States and Saudi Arabia were both reviewing a sharp reduction of military presence.

"There are not so many people here as to constitute a sort of occupation or anything like that. That's not the purpose of it," Clinton said.

But Clinton, who met Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in Riyadh Saturday, said he could not comment on any discussions between the current administration of President Bush and the Saudi government.

"It is correct to say it is not just in this region. We have systems in the military, we review everything every four years and then they have systems within every four year period to review other things," he later told reporters.

The Washington Post has reported that Saudi rulers are growing more uncomfortable with the U.S. military presence in their country and may soon ask that it end.

The New York Times has said senior officials in Congress and at the Pentagon have called for a pullout of U.S. forces because of what they see as Saudi's tepid support for the anti-terror war and restrictions on U.S. military operations.

BIRTHPLACE OF ISLAM

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer has said Bush wants to keep the U.S. military presence in the oil-rich kingdom and that he was not aware of any contact between Washington and Riyadh expressing a desire for the U.S. military to leave.

If asked to leave, the United States would no longer have regular use of Prince Sultan Air Base, where U.S. forces have maintained a presence for more than a decade.

Saudi Arabia depends on the United States for its defense, but has found itself walking a tightrope with increasing popular uneasiness over U.S. troops in the birthplace of Islam.

The United States insists all is well in the U.S.-Saudi relationship despite some signs of a strain after the September 11 attacks on U.S. cities, blamed by Washington on Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden has said attacks on the U.S. are aimed at forcing the U.S. military out of Saudi Arabia.

"Look at our forces in Asia and even in Latin America. It is a function of what we might be asked to do and being able to do it by having some people there physically present," Clinton said.

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Clinton urged participants in the forum to confront and discuss differences with the United States, embrace Israel and promote energy alternatives to their main source of wealth, oil.

His speech was greeted with polite applause from members of delegates to the forum sponsored by several major Saudi banks and business groups, including the Saudi Binladin Group -- the family group that disowned bin Laden in the mid-1990s.
 



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Remember the days when a 'Clinton Says' headline could be a stressful experience?

God is good.

1 posted on 01/20/2002 9:05:50 AM PST by Trailer Trash
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To: Trailer Trash
here is a headline for clinton: PLEASE GO AWAY !
2 posted on 01/20/2002 9:10:07 AM PST by arly
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To: Trailer Trash; Howlin
The impeached *nitwit is loose...

Someone needs to tell *him that *he and his troops are desperately needed in Harlem.

4 posted on 01/20/2002 9:17:26 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Trailer Trash
Never listen to an impeached coward give advice on anything, particularly military matters. Where's the barf alert?
6 posted on 01/20/2002 9:21:52 AM PST by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: RealClear
And does the press realize that he is no longer the president?

I think Big Media is ate up by the fact that, at the present time, the deceased Buddy has more power than his impeached *ex-owner...

7 posted on 01/20/2002 9:22:34 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Trailer Trash
Remember the days when a 'Clinton Says' headline could be a stressful experience?

I don't know how Reuters were able to understand a word BlowJob said.
When I see Clinton's mouth moving I only hear gas passing and obscene sexual moans.

8 posted on 01/20/2002 9:27:25 AM PST by Slyfox
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To: Trailer Trash
Why in the world is he in the headlines? Why is he yapping? Why is he given an audience anywhere? He can be very dangerous, as he just might say the wrong thing at the wrong time. It has been very difficult for him to give up the throne, and it sounds as if he is happy to have an audience anywhere, at anytime. And, to add insult to injury, Hillary has more power than he does. Poor guy.
9 posted on 01/20/2002 9:35:16 AM PST by Swede Girl
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To: Trailer Trash
It still is for me!
10 posted on 01/20/2002 9:40:14 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Libloather
I wonder if he EVER goes there, or to his house, for that matter.

He's too busy, running around, telling the world what it needs now. And it's all globalism psychobabble. He can't be perceived as being just for America, can he?

He could be our next Ramsey Clark, IMO. (If ONLY he could practice law......HAR!)

11 posted on 01/20/2002 9:41:51 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
me too!
12 posted on 01/20/2002 9:42:05 AM PST by DittoJed2
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To: DittoJed2
Now, I don't get that crunch in my stomach when I hear "The White House said today......." anymore; it took me a LONG time to break that habit though........I had to keep reminding myself, oh, it's Bush now!
13 posted on 01/20/2002 9:43:18 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Trailer Trash
Clinton doesn't know s*** about Saudi Arabia. He was too busy fooling around with Monica Lewinsky in '96 to pay attention when 18 Airmen were killed in the Khobar Tower bombings. That attack hit close to home as I stayed at Khobar enroute to Riyadh and I had a good friend whose room was blown up. Fortunately he was at Al-Jaber in Kuwait on a 2 day TDY or he probably would've been killed.

Ronald Reagan took the Libyan bombing of a Disco in Germany (known as a popular club for US Soldiers to hang out) as a serious enough offense to drop bombs on Kaddafi. We haven't heard much from him in the last 15 years.

We should've taken Bin Laden out in '96, but Clinton wasn't paying attention--not to mention the embassy bombings and the USS Cole incident. He bears much of the blame for the World Trade Center attack, in my opinion, and should keep his mouth shut about foreign policy.

14 posted on 01/20/2002 9:45:11 AM PST by Conservative Vet
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To: Trailer Trash
BillyJeff who?
15 posted on 01/20/2002 9:45:28 AM PST by mngalt
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To: Howlin
I know what you mean. But anytime I see Billy Jeff in the headline, it still makes me tense up.
16 posted on 01/20/2002 9:50:02 AM PST by DittoJed2
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To: Trailer Trash; real clear
Who's Bill Clinton? Oh, you mean that guy whose primary legacy is 9/11?
17 posted on 01/20/2002 9:51:57 AM PST by Bigg Red
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To: Trailer Trash
Some of his "legacy" is right here:

Rumsfeld Slams Clinton Military Cutbacks

18 posted on 01/20/2002 10:16:27 AM PST by backhoe
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To: Trailer Trash
A lotta people our on the Saudi payroll X42 wouldn't surprise me.
19 posted on 01/20/2002 1:17:32 PM PST by weikel
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To: Trailer Trash
no-one on earth cares, even buddy left
20 posted on 01/20/2002 1:21:56 PM PST by The Wizard
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To: Trailer Trash
We have a President that leads this nation. He has surrounded himself with wise, moral, mature people. The Impeached, X 42 is history, he is a no body. When is the world going to figure this out?
21 posted on 01/20/2002 1:27:49 PM PST by kassie
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