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Saudis Travel in U.S. to Dispel Criticism

Like Harry Truman on a whistlestop tour, Saudi royals and their advisers are jetting across the United States for uncharacteristic face-to-face meetings with Americans in an effort to dispel criticisms they have been soft on terrorism. The barnstorming from Los Angeles to Louisiana and beyond has been led by Prince Bandar, the U.S. ambassador; Prince Saud, the foreign minister; and two of Saud’s advisers, Adel and Nail al-Jubeir. And it has produced some remarkably pointed exchanges from one of the Bush administration’s key Middle East allies. The Saudis suggest that Europeans who refused to support the war in Iraq don’t deserve a say now in how the country is rebuilt. “Everybody and their sister now wants to tell America how to do it, where to do it … Where were those people?” Bandar asked a crowd in Arizona last week. Full Story

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