Saudi King Officially Condemns US Occupation of Iraq
Um, George? The Boss is on Line 2. You might want to take this one sir....Rove? Not this time. Cheney? Nope, somebody who trumps even him. Sir, I really don't think the Chief of Protocol can handle this one....
So Froom a couple of hours ago (quoting Jim Hoagland) notes:
"President Bush enjoys hosting formal state dinners about as much as having a root canal. Or proposing tax increases. So his decision to schedule a mid-April White House gala for Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah signified the president's high regard for an Arab monarch who is also a Bush family friend.
"Now the White House ponders what Abdullah's sudden and sparsely explained cancellation of the dinner signifies. Nothing good -- especially for Condoleezza Rice's most important Middle East initiatives -- is the clearest available answer."
Um, Dan? That answer turned up just about an hour later (damn deadlines anyway) and in the NYT:
The king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, condemned the presence of American forces in Iraq as an “illegitimate foreign occupation” in a speech today, and said the withholding of aid to Palestinians should end.
The king’s speech, at the opening of the Arab League summit here, appeared to distance his country’s position from that of the United States.
Um, yeah. One might say so. Makes dinner just a tad awkward, eh old chap?
See, sometimes handholding through the bluebonnets just isn't enough. How sad.