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Well, it was a secret plan...

Now that the Independent is reporting on it, the Obama administration's efforts to aid Libya's rebels via the Saudis is not a secret anymore.

Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya in the event of a prolonged struggle between the Gaddafi regime and its opponents, the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi. The Saudi Kingdom, already facing a "day of rage" from its 10 per cent Shia Muslim community on Friday, with a ban on all demonstrations, has so far failed to respond to Washington's highly classified request, although King Abdullah personally loathes the Libyan leader, who tried to assassinate him just over a year ago.

Has the administration given much thought to what, if anything, this might do to destabilize the Saudis? They're facing their own "days of rage" this month.

Ah, who cares? Fore!