By most definitions, special treatment in a muslim country means being treated as a human being. What’s wrong with that?
The procedures set in place were for force protection. She had a right to object. But if I was the one objecting, as a male, I could object to my boss, and then to HIS boss. After that, I was expected to accept their judgment unless it involved something illegal or dangerous.
But being “The First Female Fighter Pilot”, she got to object all the way to the SecDef. Do you think I could have done that? Not hardly! But she also had congressional protectors watching over her, so she was “special”. And according to the A-10 guys I knew, that was how she approached everything. It was about her.
Didn’t know her personally, but I was in Saudi at the same time. In fact, I made a LOT of trips there, while she did not. I flew as many ‘combat hours’ in a 17 day period as she had for most of her career. In a fighter squadron, it is FLYING that counts for your reputation - not working for Congress, or how many supporters you have in Congress, or your being “special” because of your sex.