November 03, 2002
Here and There, Nov. 3
Saudi Says Will Not Help Any U.S. Strike on Iraq
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, a "key U.S. regional ally", said on Sunday it would not allow the United States to use its facilities for any attack against neighboring Iraq even if a strike was sanctioned by the United Nations
(the quotes around "key U.S. regional ally" are mine) This was to be expected, and I'm not worried about it. Either they're dissembling and really will help when the time comes, or they won't. Even if the latter, we will still take care of Iraq. And then we should be able to count on Iraq to help us in a future strike against Saudi
Axis of Nazism: Right-wing Austrian politician Jörg Haider is visiting Baghdad for the third time this year
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at November 03, 2002 10:04 AM
Haider has already self-destructed politically, so he might as well go all the way. I wonder when Moellemann is going to pay his respects in Baghdad.
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It's all academic, really. when the steel starts flying, those who wish to curry favor (read: everyone but Iraq) with the USA will be as helpful as can be.
Don't worry about the Saudis. They have only one serious priority, and they know that a defeated Iraq will make a poor customer for that priority, while the victors (us) will buy plenty of barrels of priority from them, if they seem to have been on our side.