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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - Ali Al-Naimi
You just can't please the apple-knockers, soreheads and doom-criers. Everyone who ever sat in a long line back in the 1970s, waiting for an hour or two to get a few gallons of gasoline, often entertained himself with a fantasy of big oil strikes to put the Saudi princes in their place, preferably on a planet in an obscure universe far, far away.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, meetings U.S. troops and Afghan leaders Wednesday, said the United States must never lose sight of its mission in the war, despite recent violence, including what appeared to be an attempted attack near the runway of a military base where he was about to land.
Iran warned Gulf Arab oil producers against boosting production to offset any potential drop in Tehran's crude exports in the event of an embargo affecting its oil sales, the latest salvo in the dispute between the West and the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Bush yesterday pressed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and ease rising gas prices, while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice split off from the president"s trip for a surprise day trip to meet with the Iraqi government in Baghdad.
The prince is not a part of the government, but as a businessman who likes to speak his mind as owner of Kingdom Holding, an international investment firm, he often says things government officials don't want to say.
He warns that the Saudis should diversify their economy.