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Washington Is Conflicted Over Unexpected Alliance

Posted on Jan 30, 2007
Lebanon crisis

Saudi Arabia and Iran have joined forces to mediate tensions in Lebanon in an odd turn of events that is sure to addle the Bush administration. While the U.S. strongly opposes Iran’s regional influence, Saudi Arabia is but the latest American ally to cozy up to Tehran in the interest of stability.

New York Times:

Leaders of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed party trying to overthrow Lebanon’s government, have recently visited the Saudi king in Riyadh, according to officials who attended the meeting. And Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi chief security adviser, has met with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Larijani, in Riyadh and Tehran to try to stop Lebanon’s slide into civil war.

“The only hope is for the Iranians and Saudis to go further in easing the situation and bringing people back to the negotiating table,” said Radwan Sayyed, an adviser to Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

The Saudi-Iranian efforts have put Washington in an awkward position, since it is trying to reduce Iran’s regional influence. But since a stable Lebanon is also an American priority, American officials have watched the efforts without interfering.

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By DennisD, January 30, 2007 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment
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By Tracie, January 30, 2007 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment
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What a wonderfully hopeful development.  Everyone should be interested in contributing to stability in the Middle East.  I applaude them and wish the process well.  Peace is the goal.  Now, someone tell the U.S. warmongers to butt out or join in the peace process…not the war and antagonistic process.  Shame on those liars and thieves in the White House.

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By Quy Tran, January 30, 2007 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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A huge slap at Bush/Cheney faces. Where’s their sordid foreign policy ? It’s a right time to send Condi Rice to septic tank !

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By Mad as Hell, January 30, 2007 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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Let me see if I have this straight: Two of the major players in Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Iran, have figured out that the Bush administration is SO inept and wrapped up in its insane moronic neocon fantasies that there is NO CHANCE that Washington can help in Lebanon.

Therefore, they have no choice but to do it themselves.  So, maybe by being totally incompetent, the Bush administration has inadvertently backed into the right thing.

Also, the Saudis are CLEARLY smarter than the Bushes, have a history of negotiating, and have something the Irans desperately want access to—the holiest sites of Islam: Mecca and Medina.

See, one of the STUPIDEST things about Bush&Co; is that they don’t realize, as Sen. Clinton made clear, you have to make peace by talking to your enemies, not by talking to your friends.

NOBODY in Bushdom understands Foreign Relations—the last two guys who did, Armitage and Powell, are gone, replaced by politically reliable stumble-bums.  I don’t care HOW many PhDs Condaleeza Rice has—she does not understand foreign relations at all—it’s easy to fantasize in the Ivory Tower of universities and think tanks, but she’s messing up royally now that she’s Sec.State.

Even if she’s smart enough to KNOW it, there’s no way Mad King George would let her consult with people who have a PROVEN track record of success in the job: Colin Powell, James Baker, Madeline Albright, for example.  Because that would make little Georgie “look bad”—like he doesn’t already!

Worse, they’ll probably tell her the obvious: You are in a hole.  The only thing to do is stop digging.

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By Rodney Matthews, January 30, 2007 at 9:57 am Link to this comment
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Of course Saudi Arabia would try to work with other countries in order to bring peace to the region. Most of the middle east countries want peace,they have to live there. The Bush Adminstration doesn’t care about peace. They want control. The U S is unwilling to talk to Iran and Syria because a peace agreement may come without control of the regions oil and political leaders. That’s who we are and what we are about. We maintain control by selling weapons to the countries we like, and pointing our weapons,dropping our bombs,and killing those we can’t control. That’s why we are hated and vilified through the region. If the middle east had no oil,we would treat them the same way we treat African and Latin American countries we can’t steal natural resources from.They can kill all they want without any interveening from the U S because there is nothing we want to control.

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By, January 30, 2007 at 9:21 am Link to this comment
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Will addle the Bush administration? Addling the Bush administration is not difficult to do. Homer Simpson could do it.

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By GW=MCHammered, January 30, 2007 at 9:20 am Link to this comment
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President Bush, protecting America by butchering The Constitution and Middle East since 9/11.

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By Peter, January 30, 2007 at 7:07 am Link to this comment
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Once again Bush is outflanked !

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