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  •  reports from where? (6+ / 0-)

    rumors are flashfire. please post reply.

    The Addington perpwalk is the trailhead for accountability in this wound on our national psyche. [...you know: Dick Cheney's "top" lawyer.] --Sachem

    by greenbird on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 06:26:29 PM PST

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    •  True. Here's a report that "Saudis are 'disengaged (14+ / 0-)

      ...which would indicate just the opposite of the other report.  Royal Rift, Absent Saudis Beset U.S.

      U.S. efforts to stabilize Bahrain, another key Arab ally roiled in popular uprising, is being threatened on several fronts—including apparent splits in Bahrain's royal family and a sense of disengagement by Saudi Arabia, the region's biggest power.

      Whether the U.S. can halt the unrest in Bahrain is viewed as critical to stabilizing the Persian Gulf and checking Iran's influence. But there is growing uncertainty in Washington over who in the tiny Middle East sheikdom's royal family ordered the use of increasing force against unarmed protesters, according to officials briefed on the diplomacy...officials said there is a growing likelihood Prince Khalifa is overseeing the crackdown, with the king and crown prince relegated to the sidelines...Our influence is largely with one part of the ruling family, and not with the prime minister..."

      The situation in Bahrain is complicated by U.S. uncertainty over Saudi Arabia's position on the growing regional turmoil...Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and many of his closest advisers have been in Morocco in recent weeks as the Saudi monarch recovers from surgery. That has been seen as limiting the ability of other Saudi royals to make decisions. Other leading members of the Saudi royal family are also said to be in decline physically..

      It seems that many of the "truths" and the status quo of the past aren't quite as "true" or quite as predictable as in the past.

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