Why Is Bush Helping Saudi Arabia Build Nukes?

[ Wall Street Journal] Rep. Edward J. Markey - Last month, Secretary of State Rice was in Saudi Arabia where she volunteered the U.S. to assist Saudi Arabia in developing nuclear reactors, training nuclear engineers, and constructing nuclear infrastructure. While oil breaks records at $130 per barrel or more, America is footing the bill for Saudi Arabia's nuclear ambitions. For a country with so much oil, gas and solar potential, importing expensive and dangerous nuclear power makes no economic sense. We would do well to remember that it was the U.S. who provided the original nuclear assistance to Iran under the Atoms for Peace program, before Iran's monarch was overthrown in 1979. Such an uprising in Saudi Arabia today could be at least as damaging to U.S. security. Rep. Markey (D-Mass.) is chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

2008-06-11 01:00:00

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