Time For An Honest Talk

Like a married couple who used to nuzzle in public but now squabble over everything from the kids to the breakfast cereal, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are getting on each other's nerves. The Saudis complain that Washington, biased toward Israel, isn't evenhanded in the Middle East. The Americans--to be accurate, elements within a very leaky intelligence community--say the Saudis have been insufficiently cooperative in the investigations into the Sept. 11 attacks. Though President George W. Bush has assured Crown Prince Abdullah of his undying affection, in some U.S. circles, it has become fashionable to question the stability of the Saudi...

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