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Bush Christmas: Here Comes Saudi Pause? December 13, 2006

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The New York Times reported that Saudi King Abdullah had delivered a message to Vice President Dick Cheney during Cheney’s visit to the kingdom last month of the Saudis plans to provide financial backing to Iraqi Sunnis if the United States withdraws.

Reuters: U.S says Saudis not planning to intervene in Iraq

President Bush must be wondering what fresh hell he will find lurking in his
stocking come Christmas morn. So far, the season has not been pleasant.
First there was the thistle and scratch of the midterm election
debacle. Then , the Iraq Study Group Report, a lump of coal if ever
there was one. Then, according to reports that the U.S. government now
denies, some weeks ago the Saudis indicated that if Bush obeys the will
of the people and proceeds to pull American troops out of Iraq within
some human time frame, the Kingdom may throw its considerable resources
behind the Sunni minority in the domestic Iraq debacle. Bush can hardly
afford to alienate the Kingdom just now, nd to obscure matters further , the Saudi former intelligence chief and recently ambassador to the U. S., Prince Turki al-Faisal, has resigned his post after only 15 months, with minimal explanation.

Given all of the circumstances, it is reasonable , even for the Decider, to hesitate on what to say about Iraq. Had the President been more forthcoming and less secretive about the war and its conduct, there might be less skepticism about the Christmas hiatus, which after all , might be just a way to spin the Saudi Pause, rather than the considered period of deliberation we all deserve as a Christmas present .

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