Americans: The Greatest Danger

Only twelve hours before the start of the dramatic Senate roll-call vote on the AWACS, Prince Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia received a group of businessmen and TIME editors at his palace in Riyadh. Since King Khalid was ill and Crown Prince Fahd was out of the country, Abdullah, commander of the 30,000-man national guard, was the ranking member of the royal family.

He had a surprising message for Ms guests: "I personally am hoping for the failure of the vote today. That would be an eye opener for the American people. It would make them realize that there is...

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