Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

(Prince) Bandar Bush Steps Down For "Personal Reasons"

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU
DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:43 PM
Original message
(Prince) Bandar Bush Steps Down For "Personal Reasons"
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 03:02 PM by DrFunkenstein
(T)he 56-year-old prince has been out of the spotlight for months and officials said he made no secret of his wish to step down after two decades as one of the most high-profile and influential diplomats in Washington.

The monarch accepted his resignation and will nominate former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal, currently ambassador to London, to replace him, the ministry said.

"Bandar...was the ambassador with unquestionable access to the White House. He was as much a prince as he was an ambassador," Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, told Reuters.

The prince earned the nickname "Bandar Bush" because of his close friendship with President Bush and later with his son, President Bush. That bond led to accusations last year that Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, had used its influence to interfere in domestic U.S. politics.

Bandar defended his country against charges that its Wahhabi school of Islam promoted anti-Western hostility and fostered militancy. He also had to smooth over relations strained in the early years of Bush's presidency by Riyadh's belief that the United States was giving Israel a free hand to crush Palestinian protests against occupation. ;_ylt=AsauQ4CbSpV7WFm2JQjUIN9eW7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

On edit: I had to mention that those are some of the most godawful chairs I've even seen, even on a multi-million dollar ranches powered by geo-thermal energy.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:53 PM
Response to Original message
1. wonder how soon he'll visit Texas
and die in a plane crash when he tries to leave?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:06 PM
Response to Original message
2. Frontline referred to him hiring terrorist for us in 80s

"Target America"

BOB WOODWARD: Casey had lunch with Prince Bandar, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, one of the most powerful figures even today in Washington. And they went for a stroll in the garden and they said, "We have to go off the books." And they agreed that the Saudis would put up the money to hire some professionals to go and try to car-bomb Sheik Fadlallah.

And it was so off the books, there's no evidence that Reagan knew about it or Weinberger or Schultz. It was Casey on his own, saying, "I'm going to solve the big problem by essentially getting tougher or as tough as the terrorists in using their weapon, the car bomb."

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
K8-EEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:09 PM
Response to Original message
3. He Needs More Family Time Like Ari & Karen, And So Would You
If you had like 8,000 wives!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Tue Jul 25th 2017, 12:56 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC