FOREIGN RELATIONS: Tanks for the Saudis

For three embarrassing days last week, U.S. policy on the highly critical Middle East was in turmoil—for all the world to see.

The uproar began when an anonymous tipster spotted 18 light (25 tons) Walker Bulldog tanks loading aboard the freighter James Monroe in New York Harbor. Destination, plainly marked: Saudi Arabia. The tipster telephoned the United Press; the U.P. finally got the State Department in Washington to confirm the shipment, and printed the story. Cried the Israeli embassy: "Utterly beyond our comprehension." Within hours, Israel's friends in the Senate were in full cry. Their argument was a strong one:...

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