The LaRouchie defector who's advising the defense establishment on Saudi Arabia.

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Aug. 7 2002 7:49 PM

The PowerPoint That Rocked the Pentagon

The LaRouchie defector who's advising the defense establishment on Saudi Arabia.

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Or else ...

  • What the House of Saud holds dear can be targeted:
    —Oil: the old fields are defended by U.S. forces, and located in a mostly Shiite area
    —Money: the Kingdom is in dire financial straits, its valuable assets invested in dollars, largely in the U.S.
    —The Holy Places: let it be known that alternatives are being canvassed

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Other Arabs?

  • The Saudis are hated throughout the Arab world: lazy, overbearing, dishonest, corrupt
  • If truly moderate regimes arise, the Wahhabi-Saudi nexus is pushed back into its extremist corner
  • The Hashemites have greater legitimacy as Guardians of Mecca and Medina

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Grand strategy for the Middle
East

• Iraq is the tactical pivot            

• Saudi Arabia the strategic pivot

• Egypt the prize

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