April 7, 2003
I would just note that theres something very odd about the neoconservative attitude to the Saudi question. The basic neocon paradox is that theyre hoping to make the Bush administration the agent of their agenda, but the entire Bush family (and the bulk of the GOP foreign policy establishment) is more-or-less a wholly-owned subsidiary of the House of Saud. Whats more, if you read the out-of-power neocons they seem to agree not only that the Saudis are bad but that Saudi Arabia, rather than Iraq or Syria, is the primary problem state in the Middle East. The solution to this has been to adopt a rigorous program of wishful thinking whereby fighting a series of wars against Saudi Arabias regional enemies with the assistance of the Saudi government will miraculously undermine the House of Sauds power despite the (apparent) support of the president of the United States for the monarchys continued rule.[07:00 PM]
Theres doubtless some devious Strausian logic to pursuing this course of action rather than the much more obvious one of just trying to pressure the administration to distance itself from the Saudi government, but whatever it is, its far too esoteric for me to grasp.