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No Corrupt Deal With The Saudis:



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I frankly don’t care about a war crimes trial for Saddam. This isn’t about achieving cosmic justice in Iraq. But I’d strenuously oppose any exile deal or coup that has us effectively working with the Saudis to:

1) preserve a Sunni baathist regime in Baghdad, thus ensuring the continuation of that model of governance in the Middle East;

2) maintain the oil status quo, in which Iraq under-produces and the Saudis slurp up the extra market-share; 3) repair our relationship with
the Saudis by working out such a deal with them rather than radically undercutting the relationship by creating something totally new in Iraq, over their objections.



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