Ambassador Quasimodo

Now that Saudi ambassador Bandar Bush has left the fold and returned to the Kingdom (I wonder if his house next to HST’™s in Colorado is up for sale?), the Saudi’™s have appointed Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former head of the House of Saud’™s KGB intelligence service, to the post. And the appointment is [...]

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Now that Saudi ambassador Bandar Bush has left the fold and returned to the Kingdom (I wonder if his house next to HST’™s in Colorado is up for sale?), the Saudi’™s have appointed Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former head of the House of Saud’™s KGB intelligence service, to the post. And the appointment is bringing out the schizophrenic best in the New York Times editorial board:

‘¦As head of Saudi intelligence from 1977 until Aug. 31, 2001, he personally managed Riyadh’™s relations with Osama bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar of the Taliban. Anyone else who had dealings with even a small fraction of the notorious characters the prince has worked with over the years would never make it past the immigration counter at Dulles Airport, let alone to the most exclusive offices in Washington.


‘¦He is a capable, loyal and Westernized member of the Saudi royal family. That makes him the ideal person for the Bush administration to speak frankly with about finally persuading Riyadh to play a less ambiguous role in the global struggle against terror committed in the name of Islam.

In other words, he knows where the bodies are buried.

Sunday, July 31st, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Terrorism

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