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Saturday, April 24, 2004

I Don't Want to Call Anyone a Liar, but... 

Yahoo! News - Saudis Said to Aid Iraq War Extensively

The American air campaign against Iraq was essentially managed from inside Saudi borders, where military commanders operated an air command center and launched refueling tankers, F-16 fighter jets, and sophisticated intelligence gathering flights, according to the officials.

Much of the assistance has been kept quiet for more than a year by both countries for fear it would add to instability inside the kingdom. Many Saudis oppose the war and U.S. presence on Saudi soil has been used by Osama bin Laden to build his terror movement.

But senior political and military officials from both countries told The Associated Press the Saudi royal family permitted widespread military operations to be staged from inside the kingdom during the coalition force's invasion of Iraq.

These officials would only talk on condition of anonymity because of the diplomatic sensitivity and the fact that some operational details remain classified.
This may all be true, but the timing is incredibly suspicious. It's Saturday afternoon, and it was a week that saw a lot of criticism of the Bush administration for having shown war plans to the Saudis who then refused to aid us in the war. And none of the prinicpals will speak on the record, but they will make this sensitive "information" public for political gain? If it turns out to be true, the damage is the same whether we know their names or not, and if it turns out to be false, there is nobody to call a liar.

Color me skeptical.

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