Saving the Saudi Connection

(Washington Post) Jim Hoagland - The agenda of meaningful U.S. diplomacy was not advanced by the spectacle of Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Saud Faisal, coming to Washington on July 29 to upbraid both Congress and the president for spreading "misguided speculation" about Saudi Arabia's role in financing global terrorism. Such an appearance is the very definition of diplomatic failure, and a sign of an incipient crisis in relations between two capitals that no longer feel they can rely on each other. Guiding other nations to make difficult but needed changes is the heart and soul of diplomacy.

2003-08-08 00:00:00

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