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A former top official at the Islamic Center of Washington D.C. stole more than $435,000 from the Saudi-financed mosque and fabricated his claim that the mosque director allowed him to take the money in order to support the director's reputed mistresses, federal prosecutors said yesterday.
What do the following recent events have in common? c The president of the United States has prostrated himself for the second time in five months before the king of Saudi Arabia, pleading for more oil. Despite George Bush's inducements — an array of advanced, offensive arms; the promise of nuclear technology with which the Saudis can expect (like the North Koreans, Iranians, Pakistanis, etc.) to acquire the ultimate weapons; and U.S. help securing Saudi Arabia's borders (something the president has declined to do at home) — the American plea was spurned. The contempt felt by the House of Saud was captured in its oil minister's quip, "If you want more oil, buy it."
President Bush and Sen. John McCain went to bat on energy policy recently. And guess what? They both struck out.
Buried by a 24/7 deluge of soundbites and analyses of soundbites from three U.S. presidential candidates and their handlers, the media packaged the rest of the world into two huge natural disasters — Myanmar and China. The man-made geopolitical disaster in the making in both Pakistan and Afghanistan got lost in the shuffle.
Lost amid the national distractions of a Super Bowl and Super Tuesday, the clock is running down on an immense sale of precision-guided munitions and other advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia and several of the smaller oil-rich Gulf States the Saudis dominate.
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.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — One day before President Bush arrived here to meet King Abdullah, he spoke out against Middle Eastern governments that crush dissent and punish political or religious speech.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Bush arrived here yesterday to strengthen the U.S. alliance against Iran with one of the Middle East's most powerful countries during two days of meetings and social events with Saudi King Abdullah.
Never in the modern history of relations between Syria and Saudi Arabia have both countries experienced this level of improper public display exploiting the annoyance both have of each other's policies. The harshest attack was published few days ago on al-Arabiya Web site (Saudi-owned) in which an unnamed Saudi official castigated the Syrian leadership and in particular Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Shara'a who, two days earlier, had his own cacophonous words berate the Saudis.