Vice President Dick Cheney and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah did not mince words when they met in Jeddah, according to the intelligence sources of DEBKA-Net-Weekly.
I hope, once again, that the unminced words were delivered with the classic Cheney smirk.
The two leaders crossed swords, as DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s sources report, over Cheney’s attempts to draw the Saudi ruler into lining up with America’s strategy for the Middle East and the Gulf. Abdullah spelled out the dangers he believes the kingdom and the monarchy would incur by toeing the political and military line the United States has drawn in the sands of the region. Cheney retorted that Saudi opposition would have dire consequences for both the House of Saud and the kingdom’s future.
Word of Cheney’s tough tone left the princes, kings, presidents and prime ministers of the region stunned. Until that moment, they had taken Bush’s declaration