Tuesday, May 10, 2005

No hard feelings against the Saudis for 9/11

I know what a lot of you are thinking: 15 of the 19 terrorists who slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were of Saudi Arabian origin. So America ought to be keeping a careful eye on Saudis traveling to America.

The question President Bush has been asking himself according to Trish, one of my co-interns who often listens at the door to the Oval Office, should we be holding an entire nation suspect for the crimes of just a few bad eggs? Besides, everyone knows Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks. We have verifiable reports that an Iraqi once met with someone from Osama bin Laden's organization. So let's stop pointing fingers at Saudi Arabia.

For the past three and a half years, we've made it tough for Saudis to get visas to enter America. Some of those rich princes and businesssmen have had to wait days and even weeks to get a visa while they go through background checks.

So what does that say about America? That we can't trust one of our closest allies. After all, it's not every world leader that President Bush will hold hands with. President Bush never held hands with Tony Blair or Pierre Trudeau or Vince Fox or that Israeli leader, Sharon something or other.

With the recent visit of Crown Prince Abdullah to the Crawford Ranch, President Bush has decided to look at the positive side of Saudi Arabia instead of just focusing on the negative.

For instance, the Saudi Royal family supports a lot of religious schools, something that we in the Bush administration would like to do.

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The Saudis also pay for a lot of summer camps throughout the Arab world where underprivileged boys have adventures and learn new skills. There's been some talk that the National Rifle Association might lend some technical support to these camps.

And, with the cooperation of the Saudis, America has managed to keep gas prices to reasonable levels.

So as a reward to one of America's great democratic, freedom-loving friends, President Bush has lifted those unjustified tightened visa restrictions for Saudi nationals. As we say down in Waco, the Saudis are good folk.


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