Saudis Fall Into Line, More Or Less

The Financial Times reports that Saudi Arabia “has conceded to a range of US demands for facilities in the kingdom in the run up to any US attack, according to western and Gulf diplomatic sources.” This includes “use of the crucial air command and control centre at the Prince Sultan airbase near Riyadh to co-ordinate the air campaign that will be mostly led out of neighbouring Qatar.” The Financial Times attributes the Saudis’ change of heart to “an apparent attempt to secure an involvement in post-war plans for Iraq.” Once again, the power of the almost-done deed.


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