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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-29-07 01:18 PM
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A Saudi Prince Tied to Bush Is Sounding Off-Key [Prince Bandar]
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/washington/29saudi.ht...

WASHINGTON, April 28 No foreign diplomat has been closer or had more access to President Bush, his family and his administration than the magnetic and fabulously wealthy Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia.

Prince Bandar has mentored Mr. Bush and his father through three wars and the broader campaign against terrorism, reliably delivering sometimes in the Oval Office his nations support for crucial Middle East initiatives dependent on the regional legitimacy the Saudis could bring, as well as timely warnings of Saudi regional priorities that might put it into apparent conflict with the United States. Even after his 22-year term as Saudi ambassador ended in 2005, he still seemed the insiders insider. But now, current and former Bush administration officials are wondering if the longtime reliance on him has begun to outlive its usefulness.

snip: But there can be separation. And several associates of Prince Bandar acknowledge that he feels caught between the opposing pressure of the king and that of his close friends in the Bush administration. It is a relationship that Prince Bandar has fostered with great care and attention to detail over the years, making himself practically indispensable to Mr. Bush, his family and his aides.

snip: Even since he left the Saudi ambassadors post in Washington and returned to Saudi Arabia two years ago, Prince Bandar has continued his long courtship, over decades, of the Bush family and Vice President Dick Cheney, flying into Washington for unofficial meetings at the White House. He cruises in without consulting the Saudi Embassy in Washington, where miffed officials have sometimes said they had no idea that he was in town a perceived slight that contributed to the resignation of his cousin Prince Turki al-Faisal as ambassador to the United States last year. He has been succeeded by Adel al-Jubeir, who is said to have strong support from the king.

snip: But Saudi frustration has mounted over the past four years, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated. King Abdullah was angry that the Bush administration ignored his advice against de-Baathification and the disbanding of the Iraqi military. He became more frustrated as Americas image in the Muslim world deteriorated, because Saudi Arabia is viewed as a close American ally.

Tensions between King Abdullah and top Bush officials escalated further when Mr. Bush announced a new energy initiative to reduce the nations dependence on foreign oil during his 2006 State of the Union address, and announced new initiatives in that direction this year.

more... http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/washington/29saudi.ht...

:eyes: Now we are beginning to connect the dots between BushCo and the SA royals.
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Aviation Pro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-29-07 01:23 PM
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1. And the Saudis don't like it....
...nature abhors a vacuum, look for the Chinese with Russian know-how to fill the void.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-29-07 01:33 PM
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2. The bottom line, though, is this:
Both American and Saudi officials say that King Abdullah clearly values and uses Prince Bandars close relationship with the White House. And that, associates said, will dictate what Prince Bandar can do.

Dont expect the man, because he happens to have an American background, not to play the game for his home team, said William Simpson, Prince Bandars biographer, and a former classmate at the Royal Air Force College in England. The home team is Saudi Arabia.

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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-29-07 01:38 PM
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3. Bandar Bush is working on a promotion within the "royal" dictator family.
He has to cool his lovefest with the swirling-down-the-toilet Bush mafia to curry favor with his insane relatives.

He served his purpose as intermediary with the Bush crime family but now he seeks to move up in the Saudi dictatorship, which requires him to hate America (which I'm sure he does already).
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