A Twist of the Arm

Pushing Saudi Arabia to up its antiterrorism efforts, the U.S. is telling Riyadh it's next on al-Qaeda's list

As Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan takes White House hospitality for granted. For 30 years, the Cohiba-chomping Bandar has traded on his personal charm and his country's oil wealth to seduce Presidents and preserve his nation's alliance with the U.S. But when National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice met Bandar at the White House last Tuesday, the ambassador had reason to be concerned. Revelations that charitable donations by Bandar's wife Princess Haifa al-Faisal were sent to associates of two Sept. 11 hijackers had some Congressmen questioning Saudi Arabia's commitment to the war on terrorism. And Administration hard-liners were...

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